Terah Edun '10 is a Political Science Major with a minor in International Studies. Her mentors are Sooyong Kim and Kalala Ngalamulume. Terah is interested in the study of Arab-African relations. in North Africa. She is studying the historical roots of African slavery in Arab civilizations and how this background affects the ‘politics of naming’ prevalent in the region. From the beginning of summer 2008 until the end of fall 2008 she lived for seven months in Morocco to pursue classical Arabic and North African studies. During that time she also interned with the America-Middle East Educational Training Services, a non-profit organization in the capital city of Rabat that works to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the people of the Middle East and North Africa.
'10 is a double major in English and Growth and Structure of Cities
with a concentration in creative writing. Her mentor is Kate Thomas. For her
project, she analyzes queer characters in African literature, particularly
paying attention to whether marginalization and oppression can serve as sites
for social transformation. In other words, how do the margins of society
parallel or intersect with those of the literary page? She hopes to re-envision
characters in non-Western literatures as survivors rather than victims of
injustice. Her project will culminate in an English thesis that reconsiders the
boundaries of national, racial, (post)colonial and sexual identity in Dambudzo
Marechera's "Black Sunlight."
Augusta Irele '10
Major: French and Francophone Studies
Minor: Africana Studies
Mentor: Pim Higginson
Project Description: My project is an observation of the Francophone African immigrant in Paris. My project approaches the subject through two sectors. The first is the literary aspect. I am reading the literature that these immigrants are producing and noting and observing the manners through which they describe and portray their experiences. The second part of my project is a comparison of the literature with the realities of immigrant life in Paris. I am doing this through interviews with different people in all different communities in Paris to see if their realities are actually true
to the portrayals in the literature.
Lilian Mengesha '10 Lilian Mengesha is an English Major and a
Political Science minor. Her mentor is Michael Tratner. Her Mellon research is
focused on the relationship between marginalized communities and cultural
performance. Particularly, she is investigating the practices and strategies in
which artists' manipulate space, perform their identities and create art as a
response to an ever present history of cultural and racial violence. This past
summer and semester, she conducted interviews with local township theater
initiatives in Cape Town, South Africa. In the upcoming years, she hopes to work
with and learn from scholars and performers, such as Coco Fusco and Homi
Bhabha, who have influenced much of her research.