Conferences

INVITED LECTURES

 

“Circle of Rhythms: French Caribbean Dance, Resistance and Transcendence” Julia Cooper Lecture and Workshop. 21st Annual Black Women’s Conference Leap for Joy, Lyric Theater, Lexington, April 24, 2015.

“Soirée Littéraire: Littérature et découvertes d’antan, Maïotte (1896) de Jenny Manet,” December 17, 2014, Bibliothèque Schoelcher

“Conférence sur le roman-feuilleton Maïotte: retour 118 ans en arrière !,” December 14, 2014, at Le Conseil Général, Martinique.

“L’impureté du geste chez Césaire,” Colloque Césaire ENS, December 12 and 13, 2013.

“Hip-Hop Kreyol: Identity, Diasporic Spaces and Rhythm of Empowerment in the French

Antilles”, Symposium “Hip-Hop as Social and Political Empowerment,” 11-14

September 2013, 9 am-18 pm, Tagungszentrum Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover, VolkswagenStiftung.

“ Archéologie de la sexualité dans les Antilles”, Fall 2012 Virtual and Global Literature

Exchange Session, Georgia State University, Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages, (virtual presentation through Skype), October 2012.

“The Mythology of the Doudou: Sexualizing Black Female Bodies, Constructing Culture and

Nation in the French Caribbean,” Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series, University of Kentucky, September 29, 2011.

Keynote speaker at the French Graduate Student Association’s interdisciplinary colloquium on New World Studies at UVa, March 20, 2009.

“Dreaming the Self and Dreaming the Other in Aimé Césaire’s A Tempest,” Oglethorpe

University, Atlanta, February 24, 2009.

“The Space Between Us: Skin as a Space of Conflict in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea and Aimé Césaire’s A Tempest,” The Center of African and African American Studies & Department of French and Italian, University of Texas at Austin, February 18, 2008.

“La vénus noire: écriture et réécriture de la négresse dans la fiction de Raphaël Confiant”, Lecture series, University of Virginia, French department, February 8, 2008.

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 

“L’évasion et la sublimation du réel dans le roman feuilleton des Antilles au XIXe siècle : Maïotte : roman martiniquais (1896) de Jenny Manet,” October 17, 2014.

“Suffering Bodies, Dance and Transcendence in Caribbean Literature, Jacqueline Couti” in session “Gendered Performance, Sexuality and the (Dis)Able Body in the Black Diaspora,” Feb 20-21, 2014 at the University of Kentucky.

“Am I My Sister’s Keeper?’: Race, Class, Femininity and Gendered Diasporic Spaces in Interwar Paris”, International Conference “African Americans, ‘Race’ and Diaspora” June 13-15, 2013, Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3.

“In Search of our Hearth: Reinventing the Odyssey,” Friday April 19, 2013. Presented at at a scholarly event to explore interdisciplinary nature of the Humanities and Arts Co-organized, chaired.

“A corps perdu et retrouvé: fragmentation, traces, et refoulement dans L’exil selon Julia et

L’espérance-macadam de Gisèle Pineau”, Presented in the session I organized and chaired “Retracer le soi et l’imaginaire sous les Tropique traces, fragments, restes et créativité dans les discours et espaces antillais;” Traces, Fragments, Remains / Traces, Fragments, Restes 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, The Georgian Terrace, Atlanta, GA, 28-30 March, 2013

“Paris de mes amours: Sexuality, Diasporic Spaces, and Destabilization of Exoticism à la française in the Interwar Period”, Diasporas and Race, Wake Forest University, October 25-27, 2012.

“A Feast for the Eyes: French Caribbean Femininity and Colonial desire in Lafcadio Hearn

Writings,” 38th Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, October 11-14, 2012.

“Crossing the Urban-Mangrove: Errancy and Mise-en-relation in Chronicle of the Seven Sorrows”, 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, Long Beach, March 29-31, 2012.

“Le contrat sexuel dans L’espérance-Macadam de Gisèle Pineau: politiques d’appartenance,

Caribbean Association Conference, Unpacking Caribbean Citizenships: Rights, Participation and Belonging, Guadeloupe, French Caribbean, May 28-June 1, 2012.

“Bon appétit: A Masculine Tale of Desire, Resistance, and Fear in Raphael Confiant’s “Mamzelle Dragonfly.” Presented in a mini-symposium I organized and chaired, Narrating the Caribbean: Food for the Soul or Food for Thought, University of Kentucky, Feb. 2012.

“The doudou Strikes Back: Embodiment, Sexuality and Destabilization of exoticism à la

française in the Interwar Period”, Afromodernisms 2: What’s Really New? Blackness and Atlantic Modernism, 1907–61, University of Liverpool, 30 June–1 July 2011.

“Abject Mothers: Deconstruction of the “fanm poto mitan” in Créoliste Writings,” Society for Caribbean Studies, 35th Annual Conference International Slavery Museum,Liverpool, Wednesday 29th June – Friday 1st July, 2010.

Ménage à trois: Nationalism and Sexuality in Cirillo Villaverde’s Cecilia Valdès.” Symposium on Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Transylvania University, KY, October 16, 2010.

“De la cour des petits à la cour des grands: laïcité, anticléricalisme, et préjugé de couleur en Martinique à la fin du 19ème siècle. The 36th Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium. October 14-16, 2010, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

“Mythologie de la doudou: réification de l’île et implications nationales et culturelles du corps,”  in session “Le diable au corps dans les Chroniques du nouveau monde: sexualité et construction culturelle et identitaire.”, April 2010 Kentucky Foreign Language Conference.

“L’errance d’exil ou la vision prophétique du passé dans Pélagie-la-Charrette  d’Antonine Maillet et Chronique des sept misères Patrick Chamoiseau,”  International Conference on Francophone Caribbean and North America, Florida State University, 25-27 February 2010.

“The Seduction of “Sable Venus” and of “Vénus des Mornes”: Colonization and Recolonization of Space in the Tropics,” at the American Tropics: Toward a Literary Geography, international conference organized by the University of Essex, 4-7 July 2009 (http://www.essex.ac.uk/lifts/American_Tropics/conference/Programme.htm).

“Les métamorphoses du corps de “l’île-non clôture”: sexualité et mythe national(iste) de création dans le Cahier d’un retour au pays natal,” Modernité et Réalisme dans l’univers des écrivains caribéens et panaméricains, International Colloquium organized by l’ARCAM (Association pour la Recherche Critique dans les Amériques), Martinique, 12-14 November 2008.

“L’honneur des békés: sexualité et nationalisme chez les blancs créoles martiniquais au XIXe siècle.” The 34th Annual International Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium: Empire, Identity, Exoticism, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, October 16-18, 2008.

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