I’ve worked on issues of race, ethnicity, and identity in contemporary France, primarily through immigration and racial and ethnic minority literature and popular music.
In this arena, I’ve published a book, Race on Display in 20th- and 21st-Century France, and three journal articles.
Where I’m Heading
My future research projects are evolving in two different directions. First, in a book-length project Afropea in the Airwaves, I will pick up where Race on Display left off, looking more closely at what I call the “intermedial” turn in Francophone Afropean literature. I am particularly interested in the materiality and intermediality of the textual form in works by Léonora Miano, Alain Mabanckou, Abd Al Malik, Insa Sané, Edgar Seklokoa, and Apkass. I’m also developing a related journal article on fatherhood in Afropean literature.
In the other project, I explore what I term “marginal monuments” of French colonialism. Each “monument”–defined broadly to include museums, buildings, ruins, plaques, and even digital creative work–is “marginal” in a different way: in the first half, I explore monuments such as the Bernehim Library or France’s Museum of Immigration that were physically displaced or overwritten. In the second half, I turn to monuments straddling the digital-analog divide through “Webdocumentaries,” new, and transmedia narratives, and interactive games.