• Dr. Judith Misrahi-Barak, Associate Professor, EMMA, Universite Paul Valery Montpellier 3, France

    Judith Misrahi-Barak is Associate Professor at University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, France, where she teaches English and postcolonial literatures. Her areas of specialization are Caribbean and Indo- and Sino-Caribbean literatures in English. She published numerous articles and book chapters about diaspora and migrant writing, among which Tracing the New Indian Diaspora (Om Dwivedi, ed. Rodopi, 2014), Turning Tides: Caribbean Intersections in the Americas and Beyond (Heather Cateau and Milla Riggio, eds. Ian Randle Publishers, 2019), or Windrush (1948) and Rivers of Blood (1968): Legacy and Assessment (Trevor Harris, ed. Routledge, 2019).

    She is General editor of the series PoCoPages (Collection ‘Horizons anglophones’, Pulm, Montpellier). Reimagining the Guyanas is the latest volume (2019). Dalit literatures are among her more recent interests. She co-edited Dalit Literatures in India (Routledge, 2015; 2nd edition 2018) with Joshil K. Abraham, and Dalit Text: Aesthetics and Politics Reimagined, with K. Satyanarayana & Nicole Thiara (Routledge, 2019).

    She was Co-Investigator on the AHRC Research Network series on ‘Writing, Analysing, Translating Dalit Literature’ (2014-16) and is now is Co-Investigator on the AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement on ‘On Stage and on Page: Celebrating Dalit and Adivasi Literatures and Performing Arts’ (2020-21).



  • Dr. Thomas Lacroix, Director of Research, Maison Francaise d’Oxford

    Thomas Lacroix is CNRS researcher at the Maison Française of Oxford. His works focus on immigrant transnationalism and the transformation of contemporary states, with a specific focus on India and North Africa. He published in 2016 “Hometown Transnationalism. LongDistance Villageness among Indian Punjabis and North African Berbers” (Palgrave), and “Migrants : l’impasse européenne” (Armand Colin) and “International Migration and Local Governance” (with A Desille, Palgrave) in 2018. Thomas Lacroix is associate researcher at Migrinter (University of Poitiers), CERI (Science Po Paris) and Compas (University of Oxford), fellow at Oxford Kellog College and at the Institut Convergence Migrations (Paris).





Project team members



  • Dr. Markus Arnold, Associate Professor in French and Francophone Studies, The University of Cape Town

    Markus Arnold is Associate Professor in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Cape Town. He holds a bi-national German-French doctorate on Comparative/Francophone literature, has taught atENS Lyon, ESA Reunion and University of Reunion where he is Research Associate (LCF 4549). His interests cover Francophone and Comparative literatures and cultures from the ‘Global South’ (notably Indian Ocean), postcolonial theory, graphic literature (bande dessinée) and contemporary cinema. Next to several book chapters and articles in journals such as Les Lettres Romanes, Journal of Romance Studies, Journal of World Literatures, Nouvelles Études Francophones, Présence Francophone, Interculturel Francophonies, and Philologie im Netz, his publications comprise the monograph La littérature mauricienne contemporaine: Un espace de création postcolonial entre revendications identitaires et ouvertures interculturelles (Berlin, 2017) and the co-directed volume L’image et son dehors: contours, transitions, transformations (Pau, 2017). He currently co-edits (with Judith MISRAHI-BARAK & Corinne DUBOIN) the volume Borders and Ecotones in the Indian Ocean: Cultural and Literary perspectives (Montpellier, forthcoming in 2020), as well as a special issue for French Studies in Southern Africa (with Laude NGADI MAÏSSA, Bernard DE MEYER & Emmanuel Mbégane NDOUR) entitled “Les manifestes littéraires et artistiques d’Afrique francophone : formes et enjeux” (2021). Other current work covers the notion ‘Afropolitanism’ and on the relation between graphic literature and fine art.


  • Prof. Corinne Duboin, Professor of English, The University of Reunion Island (France), South-West Indian Ocean

    Corinne Duboin is Professor of English at the University of Reunion Island (France) in the South-West Indian Ocean, and Director of DIRE (Displacement, Identity, Revision, Expression), an interdisciplinary research center in the humanities. Her essays on African American and postcolonial literatures in English have appeared in such journals as CLA Journal, Mississippi Quarterly, Obsidian, Southern Literary Journal, Commonwealth, Etudes Littéraires Africaines, Transatlantica. Her publications also include a range of book chapters, coedited collections such as Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, ‘Race’ 3: African Americans and the Black Diaspora (2016), and guest-edited issues, among which is Itinéraires: littératures du voyage, de la migration et de l’exil (TrOPICS 5, 2018). Her current research focuses on contemporary transnational African writers who explore the immigrant experience in a globalizing world, and the complexities of race relations in twenty-first-century America (Abani, Adichie, Bulawayo, Cole, Mbue, Mengestu, Selasi).


  • Joshil K. Abraham, Head of Humanities and Applied Sciences, G. B. Pant Govt. Engineering College Indra Prastha University, New Delhi, India

    Joshil K. Abraham at G. B. Pant Engineering College, GGS Indraprastha University, Delhi. He completed his Masters in English Literature from Pondicherry Central University, India, and has taught in colleges in Kerala and Delhi. He has worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Cinema Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He has presented papers in international conferences in the UK and in France, and is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Network Series on ‘Writing, Analysing, Translating Dalit Literature’.  He co-edited Dalit Literatures in India (Routledge, 2015; 2nd edition 2018).

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