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Sciences Sociales Nouvelle Calédonie Sciences Humaines


Visiting Assistant professor at the University of Western Washington
Office: 1 (360) 650-4269 Cell : 1 (808) 782 8641
Office : Humanities 373
Western Washington University
516 High St, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA

I hold a double master’s in Political Science from the Universities of Montreal and Stockholm and I am about to complete a multidisciplinary Ph.D dissertation at Louisiana State University on the “Acceptance of Otherness in the emerging literatures of New Caledonia and French Polynesia.”

My research interests lie at the intersection of Political Science, Post-colonial Studies, History, and Literature and encompass issues of gender as well as political and cultural identity. I teach literature of Franconesia. Last year I have taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, this year I will be teaching at the University of Western Washington. My courses emphasize the political dimensions of literature in French Polynesia and New Caledonia. They also examine the transformation of relations between France and her former colonies of the Pacific as reflected in literature in the last 25 years. The works of Déwé Gorodé, Nicolas Kurtovitch, Pierre Gope, Bernard Berger, Ari Irau, Chantal Spitz, Célestine Hitiura Vaite, Jimmy Ly and Marie-Claire Teissier-Landgraf form the basis my empirical material.


June 2009

CIEF . XXIII World Congress. New Orleans. Title of presentation: The cathartic function of feminine literature in French speaking Oceania

Spring 2009

University of Hawaii at Manoa : Conference on Governance in the South Pacific at the East-West Center. Title of presentation: From Colonialism to Federalism. Towards a New Partnership Between France and Franconesia?
University of Hawaii at Manoa. At the Biography Center. Title of presentation:
Jean-Marie Tjibaou and Déwé Gorodé

Fall 2008

UCLA Los Angeles, California. Title of presentation: Cooperative writing in New Caledonia Déwé Gorodé and Nicolas Kurtovitch. Poetry as peace making

SCMLA. San Antonio . Texas Title of presentation:

Changing cultural identities in French Polynesia in the works of Ari Irau


New Deal in Franconesia : Decolonization without abandonment (Journal article)
Francophone Oceanian writers as political actors (Journal article)
Anthology of Francophone Literature in Oceania (Book)

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