Biography

Françoise Vergès is currently Consulting Professor at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, Research Associate at Le Collège d’études mondiales, Paris, France, and President of Le Comité pour la mémoire et l’histoire de l’esclavage (France). Vergès has written on the vernacular practices of memory, slavery and the economy of predation, European colonialism, colonial and postcolonial psychiatry, Frantz Fanon, Aimé Césaire, postcolonial museography, and the routes of migration and processes of creolisation in the Indian Ocean. She has worked with filmmakers and artists including, Isaac Julien, Yinka Shonibare and Arnaud Ngatcha. She was a project advisor for Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany, in 2002, and contributed to the 3rd edition of La Triennale in Paris in 2012. She curated two exhibitions in 2012 at Bétonsalon, Paris. Between 2003 and 2010, Vergès was Head of the scientific and cultural development programme for La Maison des Civilisations et de l’Unité Réunionnaise (MCUR), Saint-Paul, France, for which she developed the notion of ‘Museum without Objects’. Her most recent publication was ‘Lives That Matter’ (Intense Proximity, La Triennale Catalogue, 2012) and L’Homme prédateur: Ce que nous enseigne l’esclavage sur notre temps (Bibliothèque Idées, Paris, 2011).