Maryse Condé, Assia Djebar, Léonora Miano and Marie NDiaye, among many others who all figure in my dissertation.
Visual Representations of Women of Color in France
Particularly in theater and plays, films and documentaries.
Women Studies and the African Diaspora
Focusing on the intersectionality of race and gender and how knowledge and theories are generated based on lived experiences across the African Diaspora.
Caribbean Diaspora & Epistemology
Ways in which we can transmit our research and knowledge to teach about the African diaspora of the Caribbean to make it accessible, engaging and rich to anglophone undergraduate students.
History and Memory
Ways in which the historical past presents itself in Caribbean fiction.
Afrofeminism & Social Justice in France
Ways in which afrofeminism and social justice have emerged in the French public space through social media interfaces such as Twitter.
About my research….
My primary research contributes to an interdisciplinary conversation on identity & national identity, race, women’s study, history by positioning women —who have held crucial roles as storytellers and vehicles for the transmission of memory and culture in the African Diaspora— as an exclusive lens for examining feminine identity in France and in overseas former colonies of France.
Funded by the University of Georgia, this project offers an innovative mixed methodology for studying women of color in France. Through analysis of historical archival documents, interviews of authors and actors to complement my literary sources, my project investigates the conceptual evolution of identity and belonging to a national identity since the colonial period. It also engages with popular representations of women of color and their bodies in the media, and explores the relationship between race, gender and identity in modern day France.
The premise of my dissertation examines how feminine postcolonial writing has altered perceptions concerning black and brown feminine identities from the end of the French-colonial era up until now.
In the margins of literary and cultural stages, women authors from the former French colonies write about the reality of their worlds through female characters. These realities are often drawn from personal experiences with (neo)colonial and contemporary oppression and racism, confronting questions of cultural identity within that context.
In the absence of a French civil rights movement that would force us to confront such issues, such authors challenge us to question our current understanding of diasporic and feminine experiences both within France and in its former colonies and overseas departments.
Recent Research Trips
The Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia, The Graduate School and The Dean’s Office through the Graduate School Dean’s Award for Arts and Humanities at The University of Georgia have all supported my dissertation research. To learn more about those research trips, please take a look at the blog!