Decolonial Feminisms and French Coloniality

A (remote) conversation with Françoise Vergès

A part of the Fall 2020 Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture 603 seminar series examining Frantz Fanon

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FRANÇOISE VERGES is a political scientist and historian of colonization who has been at the forefront of feminist and anti-racist activism in France since the 1970s. 

Born in Paris, she grew up in the Reunion Island and Algeria, obtained a PhD from UC Berkeley, was a Professor at Goldsmith College at the University of London and until 2019 held the “Chair of Global South(s)” at the Collège d’Etudes Mondiales in Paris. 

She is the co-founder of the Collective “Decolonize the Arts” (2018) and the author of more than 10 books on slavery, colonialism memorials and museums and decolonial feminism. Her most recent book, The Wombs of Women. Race, Capital, Feminism, was published by Duke University Press this year.



Departments of French & Italian, Comparatice Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture Doctoral Program, the Francophone Research and Resource Center, and the Levan Institute for the Humanities

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