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Grad Students Present at NC State Black Research Symposium

Faculty and grad students next to a poster

French graduate students Jiana Brown (1st year M.A. student) and Monique Zahui (2nd year M.A. student) presented their very first-ever conference presentation at the inaugural Black Research Symposium at NC State on March 24.

Moderated by assistant professor of French Dr. Johanna Montlouis-Gabriel, the title of their panel was “Afropeans in Films: Humor and Gendered Care in France and in Belgium.” 

Brown’s Paper entitled “The Fallacy of French Universalism in Il a Déjà tes Yeux” analyzed the French comedy genre as a failed attempt to question French universalism. Zahui’s Paper entitled “Gendered Care in Belgium in Chez Jolie Coiffure by Rosine Mbakam” looked at the gendered care networks in afro-hair salons in contemporary Belgian documentary films.

Their papers were well received and the delivery, content, and Q&A portion were handled in a way that made WLC so proud! Bravo Jiana et Bravo Monique!