Dr. Françoise Vergès

Dr. Françoise Vergès is currently Chair, Global South(s) at the College of Global Studies, Paris. She also serves as Consulting Professor at the Center for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, and president of the Comité pour la Mémoire et l’Histoire de l’Esclavage (France).

She has written on vernacular practices of memories, on slavery and the economy of predation, the ambiguities of French abolitionism, French republican colonialism, colonial and postcolonial psychiatry in the French colonial empire, Frantz Fanon, Aimé Césaire, French postcolionality, postcolonial museography, and the routes of migration and processes of creolization in the Indian Ocean world.

She has worked with filmmakers and artists Isaac Julien, Yinka Shonibare, Arnaud Ngatcha. She was a project advisor for Documenta 11 in 2002 and has contributed to 2012 Paris Triennial.

Her most recent publication is Lives That Matter, in Okwui Enwezor, Intense Proximity, Paris Triennial Catalog, 2012 and L’Homme prédateur. Ce que nous enseigne l’esclavage sur notre temps, Paris 2011.

Between 2003 and 2010, Dr. Vergès was Head of Scientific and Cultural Development and Program of Maison des civilizations et de l’unité réunionnaise where she developed the notions of “Museum without Objects” and of “Six Worlds:” African, Malagasy, European, Hindu, Muslim, Chinese, which have made the Indiaoceanic world.


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