Open to the NYU Abu Dhabi community and by invitation.

Professor Françoise Vergès shares insight on the recent translation of A Feminist Theory of Violence (Pluto Press, 2022). Vergès’ work interrogates the language of “violence” and “gender” in contemporary legal discourse and seeks new models of justice that offer alternatives to globalized norms of punitive carcerality. Working at the intersections of feminism and anti-racism, her interdisciplinary and intercultural scholarship provides an opportunity to explore the specific role of translation in articulating and disseminating political debates.

Preceded by a light lunch at 12:30pm and followed by a book signing with copies of A Feminist Theory of Violence and A Decolonial Feminism (Pluto Press, 2021) available for purchase.

Moderated by

  • Sam Anderson, Senior Lecturer, NYUAD
  • Katia Arfara, Assistant Professor of Theater and Performance Studies, NYUAD


  • Hannah Elsisi, Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender, Governance, and Society, NYUAD
  • Sheetal Majithia, Assistant Professor of Literature; Global Network Assistant Professor of Literature, NYUAD

Sponsored by

  • The Culture, Rights, and Representation in/for the 21st Century Research Kitchen

Françoise Vergès is a Franco-Reunionnese political scientist, historian, film producer, independent curator, activist and public educator. Her work focuses on postcolonial studies and decolonial feminism. She regularly curates workshops with artists, activists and scholars of color that end with a public performance. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of many books including A Decolonial Feminism (Pluto Press, 2021) and The Wombs of Women. Race, Capitalism, Feminism (Duke University Press, 2020).

This is one of two events in conversation with Françoise Vergès, we hope you can join us for both.

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