Françoise Vergès


Françoise Vergès is currently holding the Chair “Global South(s)” at the Collège d’études mondiales, Paris. She also works for the Memorial of the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes.

After growing up in Reunion Island, she lived in Algeria, France, Mexico, the United States, and England. In the 1970s-1980s, she was a journalist in a feminist weekly, an editor in a feminist publishing house, and worked in anti-racist and anti-imperialist movements. She moved to the USA in 1983 and got her BA summa cum laude in Women’s Studies and Political Science at UCSD and her Ph.D. in Political Theory at the University of Berkeley (1995).

She has directed the scientific and cultural program for a museum in Reunion Island (2002-2010) and has been the president of the French Committee for the Memory and History of Slavery (2009-2012).

Françoise Vergès works with filmmakers and artists and is the author of documentaries. As an independent curator, she organized for the 2012 Paris Triennial the program “The Slave in Le Louvre,” curated exhibitions for the Memorial of the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes, and had a performance “Bitter Sugar” at Palais de Tokyo in June 2014.

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Françoise Vergès has written extensively on memories of colonial slavery and colonialism, Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, museums, and the processes of creolization. Among her most recent publications: “A Sound Like A Rumor” in Kader Attia. RepaiR (2014); Les armes miraculeuses (2014).