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African Studies Initiative Presents

Women Facing Intolerance in French and Sub-Saharan African Theatre

11/15/18, 4:00 PM

About this event

Christian Uwe
Assistant Professor
Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
University of Minnesota

Thursday, November 15, 2018
4:00–5:30 pm

135 Nicholson Hall
East Bank, University of Minnesota

Women Facing Intolerance in French and Sub-Saharan African Theatre


The philosophical debate that has taken up tolerance as a social issue makes this value the basis for a reflection on the conditions of living together. Tolerance is therefore a highly political concept – and value – which, in the age of populism, has lost none of its relevance. However, while it is true that, unlike philosophy, which thinks with concepts, literature thinks with characters, it is against the latter that the problem of tolerance and its dramatic visualities must be assessed. The talk will explore discursive and scenic forms of tolerance (or the lack thereof) through a body of plays by French and sub-Saharan African writers depicting women in situations of oppression. These situations, observed in very different authors (Hélène Cixous, Kossi Efoui, Laurent Gaudé, Léonora Miano, Guillaume Poix), illustrate the relationship between tolerance and the condition of minorities, whether ethnic, social, queer, or political.

Sponsored by the African Studies Initiative, a Title VI African Studies National Resource Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education at the University of Minnesota; the Institute for Global Studies; and the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature.

Light refreshments will be served
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Featured image: © Fred Khin
Event Location
  • Nicholson Hall, Room 135
  • 216 Pillsbury Dr SE
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA