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Romance Languages


Chandra Bhimull
Chandra Bhimull Dr. Chandra Bhimull is an Assistant Professor in Anthropology and African American Studies at Colby College, Maine.  She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology and History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Her ethnographic and archival research focuses on airline travel in the African diaspora.  A coeditor of Anthrohistory: Unsettling Knowledge and the Question of Discipline (University of Michigan Press), she is currently completing a book about racial oppression and airborne mobility in the transatlantic corridor of the diaspora. 

Michael Birenbaum Quintero
Dr. Michael Birenbaum QuinteroMichael Birenbaum Quitero is Assistant Professor of Music at Bowdoin College. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University. Michael has given  a number of talks on Afro-Latin American music nationally and internationally. His articles are published in refereed journals and book chapters.

John. E. Drabinski
Dr. John E. DrabinskiJohn E. Drabinski teaches in the Department of Black Studies at Amherst College. He is the author of Sensibility and Singularity (SUNY 2001), Godard Between Identity and Difference (Continuum 2008), and Levinas and the Postcolonial: Race, Nation, Other (Edinburgh 2011), as well as numerous articles on contemporary European philosophy and Africana theory. His current research is focused on Afro-Caribbean critical theory, postcolonialism, and the intersection of Europe and the Americas in theorizing memory, history, and subjectivity.

Odile Ferly
Dr. Odile FerlyDr. Ferly is Associate Professor of Francophone Studies, Foreign Languages & Literatures at Clark University. She received a B.A. from the University of Bristol, UK, an M.A. from the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, and a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol. She is affiliated with the programs in Communication and Cultures, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Women's Studies.

Dr. Ferly's research interests are Caribbean literatures and cultures from a comparative perspective, including the Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanic regions. She studies especially contemporary women's writing from the Caribbean and its diaspora. Her work focuses on the issues of race and gender in connection with history, language, and the Caribbean literary tradition. She teaches interdisciplinary courses on literatures and cultures from Francophone countries, on French popular culture, immigration in France and on Caribbean writing from comparative perspective. Her last book, "A Poetics of Relation: Caribbean Women Writing at the Millennium" was published by Palgrave in 2012.

Gladys Francis
Dr. Gladys FrancisGladys Francis earned a Ph.D. in French, Francophone, Theory and Cultural Studies from Purdue University, West-Lafayette. She is  Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Georgia State University. Her research involves transnational studies, early modern travel literature, post/colonial studies, film studies, social studies and gender studies. Dr. Francis is finalizing a book on post-colonial Gabonese transgressional writing that explores the expression of violence and self-negation of the female body. She has published numerous articles in refereed journals and monographies such as Negritud Journal Revista de Estudios Afro-Latinoamericanos or the African Identities Journal of Economics, Culture and Society.

Paul Miller
Paul MillerPaul Miller received a PhD in Comparative Literature from Emory University in 1999 and is Assistant Professor of French, Assistant Professor of French, Caribbean and Latin American Studies and Director of Graduate Studies at Vanderbilt College.

He is committed to comparative approaches to the literatures, languages, music and cultures of the Francophone, Hispanic and Anglophone Caribbean. In his 2010 book, Elusive Origins: The Enlightenment in theModern Caribbean Historical Imagination, published by the University of Virginia Press, he discusses the legacy and re-evaluation of the impact of the Enlightenment in the Caribbean as reflected in six modern Caribbean authors from across linguistic and national boundaries. Dr. Miller is also currently working on a project that charts two centuries of Cuban-Haitian cultural exchange 

Solimar Otero
Dr. Solimar OteroSolimar Otero is an Associate Professor of English and a Folklorist at Louisiana State University. Her research centers on Afro-Caribbean spirituality and Yoruba traditional religion in folklore, literature and ethnography. She is the author of Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World, which was published by the University of Rochester Press in 2010. Her current projects deal with gender and embodiment in Afro-Cuban religious practices and performances. Based on this work, she won a visiting research position at the Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program from 2009 to 2010. She is presently co-editing a volume, YẸMỌJA: Water Goddess, Fluidity and Tradition, that explores the international Yorùbá deity Ye̩mo̩ja in her multiple manifestations. Dr. Otero is also at work completing her second monograph, Coming Home: Nation, Gender, and Diaspora in Afro-Cuban Religion, which investigates how the representation and expression of gender in Afro-Cuban religions affects Cuban transnationalism. Her work has also appeared in Atlantic Studies, Western Folklore, Phoebe,Africa Today,and The Black Scholar.

Henry Paget
Professor Henry PagetHenry Paget (Ph.D. in Sociology, Cornell University, 1976) is Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies and Director of Graduate Studies at Brown University. His specializations are Dependency Theory, Caribbean Political Economy, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Art and Literature, Africana Philosophy and Religion, Race and Ethnic Relations, Poststructuralism, and Critical Theory.

The editor of The C. L. R. James Journal, Professor Henry is also an external examiner for the University of the West Indies and the University of Guyana. He has presented papers in North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa, and he has organized several major conferences on such topics as C.L.R. James's Years in the U.S. and on Democracy and Development in the Caribbean. 

Mylène Priam
Dr. Mylène PriamMylène Priam is Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. She received her Ph.D. in Francophone Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2004. She has authored articles and book chapters on the place of Antillean Literature in the French literary scene, on Antillanité, Raphäel Confiant and Patrick Chamoiseau, Caribbean literary theories, and departementalization. Her research interests include geopoetics, Martinican contemporary theatre and the representation of feminine heroic figures in Caribbean literature. Her current work includes articles on the presence/absence of French Caribbeans in the French media. Dr. Priam’s book, Manifest Créolité is forthcoming with the University of Virginia Press (2013). A new manuscript in progress explores Edouard Glissant’s images of the (home)land, the Totality-World, and the vivant [the living].

Hyacinth M. Simpson
Dr. Hyacinth M. SimpsonDr. Hyacinth Simpson received her B.A. and M. Phil. from the University of the West Indies (Mona) and her Ph.D. (Caribbean and Post-colonial Literatures and Theory) from York. She taught at York and the University of Calgary and now also teaches in Ryerson's M.A. in Immigration and Settlement Studies. Her research on Caribbean literature and theories of diaspora and orality has appeared in The Toronto Review, the Journal of West Indian Literature, the Journal of Caribbean Studies, Wasafiri, Interventions and Callaloo among others. She guest edited an issue for the Journal of West Indian Literature, is editor of MaComère, a journal by and about Caribbean women and their works, and recently produced a CD on Kamau Brathwaite's Middle Passages. She is currently co-editing a reference text on Caribbean writers in Canada for Caribbean Studies Press, and editing a book of essays, Caribbean Migrations, for Cambridge Scholars Press.

Hanétha Vété-Congolo
Dr. Hanétha Vété-CongoloHanétha Vété-Congolo is Associate Professor of Romance Languages at Bowdoin College. She earned a Ph.D in general and comparative literature from the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, Martinique. She teaches French, Francophone, Caribbean and African literatures and cultures. Using the comparative and a strong interdisciplinary methodology, her scholarship focuses principally on Caribbean and African literatures and orality. A special emphasis is placed on women literary production, on the portrayal of Caribbean and African women in French, West African and Caribbean literatures and oral texts. Her articles are published in refereed journals and anthologies such as, among others MaComère, Wadabagei, Anthurium, Présence francophone, Negritude: Legacy and Present Relevance, The Caribbean Woman Writer as Scholar, Postcolonial Text, Images de soi dans les sociétés postcoloniales, The Caribbean Woman as Scholar: Creating, Imagining, Theorizing, Marronnages et métissages dans l’œuvre de Suzanne Dracius, Les Cahiers du GRELCEF, Ethiopiques or Erotique Caribbean: An Anthology of Caribbean Erotica. Her book, L’interoralité caribéenne: le mot conté de l’identité, was published in 2011 and her poetry collection, Avoir et Etre : Ce que j’Ai, ce que je Suis in 2009. Dr. Vété-Congolo is currently working on the portrayal of women in traditional storytales from Martinique and the history of feminine literature from Martinique.

  The musicians and singers of the Bowdoin College Afro-Latin American Music Ensemble are: Aleph Cervo, John Clarke, Juan Del Toro, Sierra Frisbie, Dieu Dac Ngoc Ho, Michael Jarrell, Ilana Mayer Hirshfeld, Lauren Napier, Guo Sheng Shong, Wiley Spears, and Michael Birenbaum Quintero.

Bowdoin’s Afro-Latin American Music Ensemble is dedicated to educating Bowdoin students and community about the cultural legacy and social realities of the descendants of Africans in Latin America. The students, most of whom do not have a previous musical background, learn to play a repertoire of Afro-Latin American secular and spiritual genres. Thursday evening’s performance includes Cuban lukumí (santería) ritual music, Afro-indigenous gaita music from Colombia's Caribbean coast, and Afro-Peruvian landó. The Ensemble is the only collegiate group outside of Colombia to perform Afro-Colombian currulao music from Colombia's Pacific coast, which will also be featured at this event.