Four visiting scholars affiliated with the African and African American Studies Program will present their current research: Chante Mouton Kinyon, Visiting Scholar; Anne Marie Phillips, Visiting Lecturer; Felipe Fanuel Rodrigues, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence; and Alphonso F. Saville, Thurgood Marshall Fellow.
A Q&A and reception will follow short presentations by each scholar.
Chanté Mouton Kinyon is a PhD candidate at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her current research project, a comparative study of Irish and African American literature, focuses on the theatre and ethnographic research of John Millington Synge and Zora Neale Hurston. Kinyon is also the Editor of Thesis Talk, a support blog for NUIG doctoral students.
Anne Phillips earned her BA in History and Sociology from Florida State University and her MA and PhD in History from Duke University. Her paper, “Mobilizing Labor: Indian Labor Uprisings and the Decline of Indenture, 1869-1917,” explores how the punitive nature of indenture contracts and the growing dissatisfaction of indentured laborers resulted in increasingly violent labor uprisings on sugar plantations in the late 19th and early-20th century Atlantic.
Felipe Rodrigues is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Rio de Janeiro State University. He studies the religious implications embedded in African American and Afro-Brazilian literatures written respectively by Maya Angelou and Mãe Beata de Yemonjá. He has a master’s degree in Religious Studies from Methodist University of São Paulo.
Alphonso Saville earned a BA in Africana Studies and Creative Writing from New York University and an MA in Religion from Memphis Theological Seminary. His dissertation, "The Gospel According to John Marrant: Religious Consciousness in the Black Atlantic, 1755-1791," studies the life and writings of North America's first ordained minister of African descent.