Françoise Vergès

Research Collaborator, Historical Consultant, Collège d’études mondiales, MFSH (France)


Françoise Vergès grew up on the Reunion Island in an anti-colonialist and feminist family. She obtained her baccalaureat in Algeria, and has lived in France, Mexico, the United States, and England. In the 1970s-1980s, she was a journalist in a feminist monthly and weekly, an editor in a feminist publishing house, and worked in anti-racist and anti-imperialist movements in France. She moved to the USA in 1993 and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Berkeley in Political Theory (1995). She has written extensively on memories of colonial slavery and colonialism, postcolonial psychiatry, museography, decolonial feminism and antiracism.

Vergès has collaborated with filmmakers and artists (Isaac Julien, Yinka Shonibare, Arnaud Ngatcha, Jérôme Sesquin, Kader Attia and others). She was project consultant for Documenta 11 and organized for the 2012 Paris Triennial the program “The Slave in Le Louvre” and is the author of films on Aimé Césaire and Maryse Condé.


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