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The Representation of Black Women in France: A Roundtable with Graphic Novelist Jessica Oublié
Prof. Julin Everett (Scripps) & Prof. Fély Catan (Pitzer) will be hosting a roundtable discussion with Guadeloupean graphic novelist Jessica Oublié on her current project on the representation of Black women in France. The event will be in French with English translation. Come for a great conversation, with refreshments and a book raffle!
Biography of Jessica Oublié
Jessica Oublié is a graphic novel author who led several investigations on France’s relationship with its ultra-marine territories. Her most famous investigation, Tropiques Toxiques (2020), examines how the French State authorized and encouraged banana farmers to use chlordecone pesticide for decades – even after the US had warned about its sanitary and environmental consequences and banned it in 1976. Her first graphic novel, Péyi An Nou (2017), which received the France Culture Prize, investigated a migration program that the French State organized between 1960-1980, enticing workers from Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, and La Réunion to move to France. Oublié also co-edited two other graphic novel projects: an atlas on biodiversity in the city of Morne-L’eau, Guadeloupe, and a collection of testimonies from Black female immigrants in Europe. Oublié is currently coordinating the publication of a collaborative graphic novel on the spread of Sargassum algae in the Caribbean.