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Francophone Studies Working Group: Lunch Seminar with Françoise Lionnet (UCLA): “Cosmopolitanism and Creolization: The Indian Ocean and the Caribbean”

Seminar | March 31 | 12-2 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 4337 (Comparative Literature Library)

Françoise Lionnet, Professor, French and Francophone Studies, Comparative Literature; Director, African Studies Center, UCLA

Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of French, Department of Comparative Literature, Center for African Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

Please join us for a lunch seminar with Prof. Françoise Lionnet focusing on her recent work on creolization and cosmopolitanism. The seminar will be based on the Introduction and Chapters 2 and 3 of Prof. Lionnet's 2012 book The Known and the Uncertain: Creole Cosmopolitics of the Indian Ocean and on Edouard Glissant's Poetics of Relation, esp. pp. 47-62 and pp. 89-102.

Françoise Lionnet teaches French, Francophone, and comparative literatures at UCLA. She directs the Center for African Studies and co-directs the Mellon postdoctoral Program "Cultures in Transnational Perspective," the longest running Mellon-funded research group at UCLA. Her most recent publications include a co-edited volume, The Creolization of Theory (2011), and two books on the Indian Ocean: Writing Women and Critical Dialogues: Subjectivity, Gender and Irony and The Known and the Uncertain: Creole Cosmopolitics of the Indian Ocean, both published in Mauritius in 2012. She is currently working on two other books: The Indies, Otherwise, on comparative literary and historical issues (18th-21st centuries) pertinent to the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean; and On Hope, on dissident solidarities and 20th-century French and Francophone global cultures.

Send your RSVP to Caitlin Scholl ( by Friday, March 28 to receive a copy of the readings. Lunch provided.