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Lycoming College is excited to host Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François, Ph.D., Marian Trygve Freed Early Career Professor of French and Francophone Studies, and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University (PSU), for a special lecture titled “Transoceanic Connections: Creole Imaginaries and Narratives of Displacement,” on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at 5 p.m. in the Fine Arts Lecture Hall on the Lycoming College campus.
Based on Creole literature and expressive cultures from the Mascarene and Caribbean regions, Jean-François’s lecture will explore how transnational imaginaries further extend to contemporary experiences of displacement, touching specifically upon questions of migration, precarity, and ethical hospitality. His research background in multi-ethnic societies and Creolization will shed a unique light on how historical and contemporary oppression translates in international modern societies.
After receiving his doctorate from the University of Mauritius in 2012, Jean-François held positions as a lecturer at the Mauritius Institute of Education, then as a Mellon Fellow and visiting assistant professor at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). The recipient of the 2014 UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research and the 2015-2016 PSU King Faculty Research Award, he is the author of “Poétiques de la violence et récits francophones contemporains,” as well as a number of journal articles and book chapters.
This event is sponsored by Lycoming College’s department of modern languages studies, the office of the provost, and the Languages of the World Affinity House, and will be free and open to the public.