Indiana University Prof. to Deliver C.L.R. James Lecture
St. Lawrence University will host Eileen Julien, professor of comparative literature at Indiana University, who will deliver the 2017 C.L.R. James lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30, in Sykes Formal Lounge.
Julien’s lecture, titled “The Poetics and Politics of Black Paris,” focuses on African Americans, Africans and West Indians, including an array of artists and intellectuals, who have made 20th and 21st century Paris or France their home. Her lecture examines the work of figures such as dancer Josephine Baker, writers Claude McKay, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Senegalese Fatou Diome to consider the shifting valences of the city of Paris and some of the critical issues linked to this displacement: “African primitivism,” the critique and the cosmopolitan embrace of "modernity," racial identity as performance, routes vs. roots.
As a widely published and respected scholar of Francophone African and African diaspora literature, her teaching and research broadly “explores the connections between Africa, Europe, and the Americas and those issues that generally go by the name of postcolonial studies.”
The C.L.R. James Lecture provides a public opportunity to bring the campus community together to discuss African issues. C.L.R. James (1901-1989) was an Afro-Trinidadian historian who lived for a time in England and had a major influence on postcolonial literature. The lecture is sponsored by the African Studies program with support from the Center for International and Intercultural Studies and the Department of Global Studies.
For more information, contact 315-229-5246.