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Professor Johanna Montlouis-Gabriel Heads to France as a Camargo Foundation Fellow

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As a 2022 fellow of the Camargo Foundation, NC State French professor Johanna Montlouis-Gabriel will spend 11 weeks in the quiet fishing town of Cassis, France, researching digital Black feminism and its artistic forms in French settings.

The foundation named Montlouis-Gabriel, a native of France, one of 18 scholars worldwide who will serve as a resident fellow, beginning in February. During her stay, she will research and write the epilogue for a book titled The Afro-Feminist Creative Praxis of Black French Women.

“Throughout the book, I mention different social media outlets Afro-feminist creatives use to produce knowledge and create community,” Montlouis-Gabriel says. “In the last section, I explore the evolving creative lenses of Afro-feminism as a barometer for how Black French women negotiate their identities and authorship online.”

She adds that the book’s goal is to provide visibility to Black French women who are producing transformative literary and cultural content on unusual platforms.

Pleased and grateful is how Montlouis-Gabriel describes being named a Camargo Fellow. She is also pleased to represent NC State and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures on the international stage and to help bring recognition to the university “as an institution where humanities and social sciences research thrives.”

The mission of the Camargo Foundation is to foster creativity, research and experimentation through its international residency program for artists, scholars and thinkers. Montlouis-Gabriel was selected from 800 applicants from 83 countries. She joins nearly 1,000 individuals working in the arts and humanities from around the world who have served as fellows since the foundation’s founding in 1971.

Montlouis-Gabriel joined NC State’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in 2019 as an assistant professor in French and francophone literature. Her research focuses on expressions of French Afro-Feminism in French contemporary cultural productions and the self-representation of Black women and their bodies in the French public sphere through literature, performance and various articulations of visual culture.

For more information about her work, visit Montlouis-Gabriel’s faculty page.