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Guest Speaker: “Literary Geopolitics (About Diaspora, Black France and Wonder)” Yala Kisukidi (Philosophy, Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint Denis)

Feb 13, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



In this lecture, Nadia Yala Kisukidi conceives of literature through a spatial understanding of “diaspora” at the crossroads between France and central Africa. Landscapes and borders come together in private lives and create new spaces for the imagination, where a specific understanding of “diaspora” opens a reflection on the literary policies of wonderment.

Nadia Yala Kisukidi was born in Brussels, from a Congolese (DRC) father and a Franco-Italian mother. She was vice-president of the Collège International de Philosophie (2014-2016) and is currently fellow at the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination. Kisukidi is specialized in French and Africana philosophy. Her publications include Bergson ou l’humanité créatrice (CNRS, 2013), Dialogues transatlantiques (Anacaona, 2021) co-written with the Brazilian philosopher Djamila Ribeiro, and many articles in philosophy. She published her first novel, La dissociation (Le Seuil) in fall of 2022.

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