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Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, ‘Race’ 1

Judith Misrahi-Barak
Claudine Raynaud

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1 Louise Cainkar is a sociologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University. Her areas of expertise include Arab American studies; Muslims in the United States and immigrant integration. She has also worked in the human rights and social welfare and justice non-profit sectors and as a consulting researcher. Prior to Marquette University, she was a research fellow at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Great Cities Institute. Conclusions of her ethnographic study of the impact of the September 11th attacks on the Arabs and Muslims in the United States are published in the book Homeland Insecurity: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience after 9/11, 2009, Russell Sage Foundation. She received the prestigious Carnegie Corporation Scholar Award in 2004 for her work on Islamic revival in the United States. She has been a consulting scholar for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs project on Muslim American Political Voice and the Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC) project ’Reframing the Challenge of Migration and Security’. She has presented her research internationally: at the Institute for Diplomacy in Amman, Jordan and the Danish National Institute of Social Research, and has participated in joint-meetings with French scholars of Muslims at Stanford University and in Nantes, France. In June 2008, she presented at the British Library with Muslim activists and scholars of Muslims living in Britain, Germany, and France. She has also presented papers at Harvard University’s International Conference on Transalantic Islamophobia and the University of California at Berkeley Conference on Deconstructing Islamophobia. Her current research is on transnational Arab and Muslim American teenagers.

2 Corinne Duboin is Professor of English at the University of La Réunion (France). Her research and teaching focus on African American literature, Caribbean literature, and postcolonial studies. She has published a number of articles in scholarly journals and co-edited a collection of essays on the representations of the city in West Indian fiction, La ville plurielle dans la fiction antillaise anglophone: Images de l’interculturel (PUM, 2000). She is also the editor of Urban America in Black Women’s Fiction (Alizés 22, 2002), Dérives et déviances (Le Publieur, 2005), Les Représentations de la déviance (L’Harmattan, 2005), and co-editor of Récit, mémoire et histoire (T & D 34, 2008).

3 Lars Hinrichs is a sociolinguist working on varieties of English around the world. He took his PhD at the University of Freiburg, Germany, in 2006. Following a year as postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University and the University of Toronto, he became Assistant Professor of English language and linguistics in the English Department of the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. His dissertation work focused on dialect contact in Jamaican e-mails and online conversations. Current interests include spoken language among members of the Jamaican diaspora, as well as dialects of English in Texas. Hinrichs also conducts corpus-linguistic work on variation in written standard English.

4 Johan U. Jacobs (MPhil PhD, Columbia University, New York) is Emeritus Professor of English, Senior Research Associate, and Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he was also the former Deputy Dean (Postgraduate Studies and Research) in the Faculty of Humanities, Development and Social Sciences, as well as acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). He has published extensively on South African and postcolonial fiction and autobiography, and his recent publications include a.k.a Breyten Breytenbach: Critical Approaches to his Writings and Paintings (Rodopi, 2004), as well as Ways of Writing: Critical Essays on Zakes Mda (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2009). He is also an editor of the journal Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, and serves on the editorial boards of a number of scholarly journals, including Textus (Italy), Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society (Amsterdam, New York), Cuadernos de Literatura Inglesa y Norteamericana (Buenos Aires), and Critical Arts (South Africa).

5 Indira Karamcheti is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, U.S.A. and Director of the Center for the Americas (2011-2012). She teaches courses on New England and its imperial/colonial past, postcolonial literature and theory, and the literatures of the South Asian diaspora. She has published on such writers as Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, and Simone Schwarz-Bart. In addition, she is in the process of translating Aimé Césaire’s Toussaint L’Ouverture.

6 Bénédicte Ledent teaches at the University of Liège (Belgium). She is the author of Caryl Phillips (Manchester University Press, 2002) and of articles on contemporary Caribbean writers such as Robert Antoni, Michelle Cliff, and Fred D’Aguiar. She has written an essay entitled “Black British Literature,” which was published in The Oxford Companion to English Literature (Seventh Edition), edited by Dinah Birch (Oxford University Press, 2009). She has also edited several collections of essays, among which The Caribbean Writer as Warrior of the Imaginary / L’Écrivain caribéen, guerrier de l’imaginaire, in collaboration with Kathleen Gyssels (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2008) and Caryl Phillips: Writing in the Key of Life, in collaboration with Daria Tunca (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2012).

7 Françoise Lionnet teaches French, Francophone, and comparative literatures at UCLA, directs the African Studies Center and codirects the Mellon postdoctoral program ’Cultures in Transnational Perspective’. She is past-president of the American Comparative Literature Association, was Chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies, interim associate dean of the UCLA International Institute, and director of the Global Studies Postdoctoral Program. Her books include Autobiographical Voices: Race, Gender, Self-Portraiture, Postcolonial Representations: Women, Literature, Identity, Ecritures féminines et dialogues critiques, and Le su et l’incertain: Cosmopolitiques créoles de l’océan Indien, as well as the co-edited volumes Minor Transnationalism and The Creolization of Theory. She is completing The Indies, Otherwise: Creolization and Transcolonial Comparison. Recent essays appear in French Forum, Yale French Studies, and French Global: A New Approach to Literary History.

8 Judith Misrahi-Barak, Associate Professor at Paul-Valéry University Montpellier 3, France, currently teaches English and Postcolonial Literatures. Her publications include articles on Caribbean writers and the Caribbean diaspora, as well as book chapters in edited collections, most recently, Voices and Silence in the Contemporary Novel in English (V. Guignery, ed. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009); Hybridation Multiculturalisme Postcolonialisme (D. Lasalle, H. Ventura & K. Fischer, eds. Presses universitaires d’Orléans, 2009); Littérature et esclavage (S. Moussa, ed. Editions Desjonquères, 2010). She has organised several international conferences with invited writers. She is General Editor of the series PoCoPages (Coll. ’Horizons anglophones’, Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée). The most recent volume before this one is Another Life (2012).

9 H. Adlai Murdoch is Professor of French at Tufts University, Medford, MA. His articles have appeared in Callaloo, Yale French Studies, Research in African Literatures, Francophone Postcolonial Studies, The Journal of Contemporary French Studies (Sites), L’Esprit créateur, College Literature, the Journal of Romance Studies, American Literary History and the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. He is the author of Creole Identity in the French Caribbean Novel, and of Creolizing the Metropole: Migratory Metropolitan Caribbean Identities in Literature and Film (2012). He is the co-editor of the essay collection Postcolonial Theory and Francophone Literary Studies, of a special issue of the Journal of Caribbean Literatures entitled ’Migrations and Métissages’, of a special double issue of the International Journal of Francophone Studies entitled ’Oceanic Dialogues: From the Black Atlantic to the Indo-Pacific’, of a special issue of the International Journal of Francophone Studies entitled ’Oceanic Routes: Migrations and Métissages in South Pacific Literatures and Travelogues’, and of a special triple issue of the International Journal of Francophone Studies entitled ’Departmentalization at Sixty: The French DOMs and the Paradoxes of the Periphery’. He is also the editor of a special commemorative issue of Research in African Literatures devoted to Aimé Césaire.

10 Shanthini Pillai, Phd is Associate Professor in Literary Studies in English at the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Her research interests include Nativisation, diaspora and transnationalism in literary and cultural texts, with particular reference to South Asian global communities, as well as Multimodality and Higher Education Literature learning. She is author of Colonial Visions, Postcolonial Revisions: Images of the Indian diaspora of Malaysia. She also has numerous articles in various areas of Literary Studies, is a recipient of the 2006-2007 Australia-Malaysia Institute Fellowships and Director of Research and Development for the Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (MELTA).

11 Claudine Raynaud is Professor of English and American Studies at the Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3. She has taught in England and the United States (Michigan, Northwestern and Oberlin). A Fellow at the Du Bois Institute (Harvard, Fall 2005), she headed the nationwide African American Studies Research Group created in 2004 and works at the C.N.R.S.. She is the author of Toni Morrison: L’Esthétique de la survie (1995) and numerous articles on black autobiography. Her most significant publications are: ’Coming of Age in the African American Novel’ (The Cambridge Companion to the African American Novel, 2004), ’Beloved or the Shifting Shapes of Memory’ (The Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison, 2007) and an anthology of articles on Gloria Naylor (L’Harmattan, 2010). A Hurston scholar, she has just published an essay on her anthropological writing (’Afromodernisms’, in Afromodernisms: Paris, Harlem, Haiti and the Avant-garde, Edinburgh University Press, 2013).

12 Mireille Rosello teaches at the University of Amsterdam in the comparative studies program and the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA). Recent publications include a coedited collection of articles on multilingualism in Europe (Multilingual Europe, Multilingual Europeans, ed. László Marácz and Rosello), The Reparative in Narratives: Works of Mourning in Progress and France and the Maghreb: Performative Encounters. She is currently working on a collection of essays on queer Europe (What is Queer about Europe: Excentric Readings in History, Politics and Culture, Sudeep Dasgupta and Rosello eds., forthcoming Fordham University Press).

13 Ashraf Rushdy is the author of Neo-Slave Narratives: The Social Logic of a Literary Form (Oxford, 1999), Remembering Generations: Race and Family in Contemporary African American Fiction (North Carolina, 2001), American Lynching (Yale, 2012), and The End of American Lynching (Rutgers, 2012). He teaches in the African American Studies Program and the English Department at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

14 Shu-mei Shih teaches comparative, Sinophone, Chinese, and Asian American Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of The Lure of the Modern: Writing Modernism in Semicolonial China, 1917-1937 (2001) and Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Articulations across the Pacific (2007), and the co-editor (with Françoise Lionnet) of Minor Transnationalism (2005) and The Creolization of Theory (2011). She has guest-edited a special issue of Postcolonial Studies (July 2003) and PMLA (October 2008), and her current research interests include the ecology of area and ethnic studies, world literature, transnational feminism, critical race theory, and comparative postcolonial theory.

15 Christine Vogt-William, a native of Singapore, studied English, German and Psychology at the University of Essen, Germany. From October 2002 till June 2008, Vogt-William was a junior lecturer at the Department of New English Literatures and Cultures at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany. She spent a year (September 2006 to August 2007), at the University of York, England as a Marie Curie Gender Graduate Fellow, completing her doctoral thesis on ’Women and Transculturality in Contemporary Fictions by South Asian Diasporic Women Writers’. After spending two years (June 2008 to April 2010) as a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Women’s Studies at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Vogt-William now divides her time between the University of Muenster, Germany, and the University of Frankfurt, Germany. She teaches in the department for Postcolonial Literatures and Media Studies in Muenster and in the American Studies department in Frankfurt. She is also currently engaged in research for her postdoctoral project ’Twins in American and Anglophone Literatures: Negotiating Selves, Space and Gender’.

16 Janet Wilson, a New Zealander who previously taught at the University of Otago, Dunedin, is Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Northampton. Her research focuses on the white settler society; postcolonial and diaspora writing (especially New Zealand and Australian writing and cinema). She has published Fleur Adcock (2007), edited The Gorse Blooms Pale: Dan Davin’s Southland Stories (2007); and co-edited Rerouting the Postcolonial: New Directions for the New Millennium (2010); Celebrating Katherine Mansfield: A Centenary Volume of Essays (2011), and Katherine Mansfield and Literary Modernism (2011). Her most recent article is ’” The New Chum”: Writing of the English Diaspora in New Zealand, 1860-1914’. At Northampton she hosts an Early Stage Research Fellowship in Diaspora Studies funded by Marie Curie, and as part of a consortium of six universities called CoHaB (Constructions of Home and Belonging). She is the editor of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

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