A Fireside Chat with Kanaté Dahouda – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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A Fireside Chat with Kanaté Dahouda

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies Kanaté Dahouda will host a fireside chat to discuss the meaningful connections French Caribbean writers establish between race, gender and power. The conversation will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at the Office of Intercultural Affairs.

Dahouda will discuss the writings of authors Aime Cesaire, Frantz Fanon and Maryse Conde. From the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe, the writers have influenced great movements in Francophone literature and shaped the race and gender issues in colonial and post-colonial periods.

In his chat, Dahouda will address how the race and gender issues shape the identity of their fictional characters. The event organizers believe that the discussion will provide students perspective on key literary figures, while advancing and broadening their view on the black Francophone world.

As part of the fireside chat, Dahouda envisions discussions between students that will raise our consciousness on (self)/prejudices, and (self)/discriminations, inequalities and social injustice/justice.

A member of the Colleges’ French Department since 2001, Dahouda holds a Ph.D. in francophone comparative literatures and cultures from Laval University in Quebec, Canada. As a scholar, he has co-authored and been a contributor to numerous essays and articles in scholarly journals, academic volumes, anthologies, dictionaries and reviews, including Québec français, Dictionnaire des Oeuvres Littéraires du Québec (VII) (Quebec, Canada), Présence francophone (USA), Francofonia (Spain), International Journal of Canadian Studies (Ottawa, Canada), Tangence (Quebec, Canada), Neohelicon (Hungary), Présence Africaine (Paris), L’Année Francophone International (France-Quebec), and Nouvelles Etudes Francophones (USA).

His field of teaching extends to Francophone literatures, cultures and societies, which spans the province of Quebec, the French Caribbean, and Africa. His research interests focus on the intersection of language, the practice of Diaspora, memory, exile, violence and identity, with particular emphasis on literatures and cultures from Francophone Quebec/Canada, the Caribbean, and Africa.