Prof. Presents at Modern Languages Convention

Eloïse Brezault, assistant professor of Francophone and African studies, co-organized and presented a panel at the Modern Language Association on Jan. 6 in New York City.

The panel included Brezault with scholars Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University), Erica Johnson (Pace University) and Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool) titled: "Mobilizing Memory."

Brezault discussed issues of memorialization in Rwanda in two recent artistic projects: a play by Senegalese writer Felwine Sarr Sur la barrière (On the Road blocks, 2015) and the mural project by South African artist, Bruce Clarke, “Upright Men” (2014). Both projects question the government’s narrative and build an immaterial “lieu de memoire” (Nora) that cannot be censored. Her paper questions the importance of transcultural contact zones and postmemory work.

For more information, contact the Department of Modern Languages.