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Keynote Speakers

Kaiama L. Glover is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of French & Africana Studies and Faculty Director of the Barnard Digital Humanities Center. She is the author of Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon (Liverpool UP) and, forthcoming in fall 2020, The Regarded Self: On Caribbean Womanhood and the Ethics of Disorderly Being. In 2018-2019 she was a resident Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris, France, where she began work on her current book project, "René Depestre: For the Love of Revolution." Glover is the co-editor of several works, including Marie Vieux Chauvet: Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Feminine (Yale French Studies); The Haiti Exception (Liverpool UP) and The Haiti Reader (Duke UP). Her published translations include Frankétienne's Ready to Burst (2014), Marie Chauvet's Dance on the Volcano (2016), René Depestre's Hadriana in All My Dreams (2017), and Françoise Vergès's The Wombs of Women: Capitalism, Racialization, Feminism (2020). She is an awardee of the PEN/Heim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Mellon Foundation; founding co-editor of archipelagos: a journal of Caribbean digital praxis; and founding co-director of digital humanities project "In the Same Boats: Toward an Afro-Atlantic Intellectual Cartography."

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Robert Bernasconi is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies at Penn State University. In addition to books on Heidegger and Sartre, he has written extensively on Frantz Fanon and on institutional racism. In a series of essays he has exposed the racism of such philosophers as Locke, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche and Heidegger, as well as the racism that contributed to the construction of the Western philosophical tradition. He is the editor of Critical Philosophy of Race.

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Dr. Meleisa Ono-George is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Warwick, she is interested in constructions of 'race' and the ways people oppressed within society negotiate and navigate structures of power and inequality. Her previous study explored the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in the late eighteenth and nineteenth century Caribbean and British Empire. In 2014, she completed her doctoral thesis, entitled 'To be despised': Discourses of Sexual-economic Exchange in Nineteenth-century Jamaica, c.1780-1890. In this thesis, she analysed the ways in which women of African-descent were discussed in relation to prostitution, concubinage and other forms of sexual-economic exchange in legal, political and cultural discourses in nineteenth-century Jamaica.

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Dr. Monique Allewaert is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research integrates literary analysis with political and environmental theory to contribute to an American studies that attends to the flows and structures of colonialism that shape the Western hemisphere. This hemispheric orientation of the field develops through sub- and supra-national frames and problematics in an effort to uncover understandings of personhood, community, place, and aesthetics that were overlooked by earlier organizations of the field. Her book Ariel’s Ecology (University of Minnesota, 2013) argues that in the American plantation zone human bodies were experienced and mythologized not as integrated political subjects but as bodies in parts. She investigates how this experience and mythology of the body shaped art forms of the period, particularly Anglo European and Afro American travel writing as well as Afro American oral stories and fetishes, considering also the implications of this experience of the body for personhood and political life.

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