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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, March 28 to receive a copy of the readings. Lunch provided.