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Axelle Toussaint (Boyer)

Research interests: visual culture of Africa and its diasporas; French colonialism; textiles, clothing and the body; memory and the archive(s) of slavery.
Kresge 226
Office Hours: 

Fall 2019: Wednesdays, 11am-12pm

Selected Presentations: 

"The Arts of Queenship" (2019). National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.

“Cartographier l’île: perspectives (post)coloniales et féministes” (2019). French Culture Workshop, Department of French and Italian and the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, Stanford University.

Le Ventre du Morne: A Note on Women’s Emplacement in Colonized Territories” (2019). Panel: The Afterlife of Slavery. Graduate Research Symposium, UCSC.

“Imagining Insular Motherhood: Métissage, Mother Nation, and Marian Apparitions in Les Marrons (1844)” (2019). Panel: Representing, Remembering, and Reimagining the Francophone Islands. American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Washington, DC.

“The Queen’s Veil: Visibility Politics in the French Colonial Archive” (2019). Panel: Fashioning Resistance. College Art Association Conference, New York, NY.

“Journeys of the Beaded Belts and the Diasporic Female Body in Comorian Visual Culture” (2018). Indian Ocean World Centre Conference, McGill University, Montreal (Canada).

Honors and Awards: 

Multicampus Faculty Working Group Grant, UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), 2019-2020.

Funding for Research Cluster “Feminist Futures in the Indian Ocean,” UC Santa Cruz, The Humanities Institute, 2019-2020.

Visual Studies Travel & Research Grant, UC Santa Cruz, 2019.

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development, 2019.

"Collective Fabric," UC Art & Design Placemaking Initiative Award, University of California, 2019. See more about the Collective Fabric project here.

Graduate Student Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art & National Museum of Natural History (joint appointment), 2019.

Art Dean’s Fund for Excellence, UC Santa Cruz, 2018 & 2019.

Jack Handford Award, Costume Society of America, 2018.

Provost Scholarship, The New School, 2014-2016.

LL.M. Scholarship, Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, 2012-2013.         

Education and Training: 
M.A., The New School
LL.M., UC Hastings College of the Law
B.A., Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas