Emmanuel Bruno JEAN-FRANÇOIS is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in the French and Francophone Studies department at UCLA. From 2009 to 2013, he worked as a lecturer in the French and Mauritian Creole departments at the Mauritius Institute of Education. He was awarded the Independence Gold Medal and the University of Mauritius Postgraduate Scholarship for his PhD dissertation, entitled Poetics of Violence in Contemporary Francophone Literature. His research interests include representations of violence, transcultural identities, multi-ethnic societies and creolization, Nation-State and global citizenships as articulated in Francophone and postcolonial literatures. His current book project, Multiethnic Societies and Oceanic Creolization. Imperial Dynamics, Nation-State Identity and Transculturalism in Mauritian Literature, focuses on transoceanic networks and identity dynamics in local island histories and cultures as alternative ways of conceptualizing geopolitics of knowledge and discourses of ethnicity, frontiers and nation in a more global context.
Bruno Jean-François is the vice-president of the AIEFCOI (Association Internationale des Études Francophones et Comparées sur l’Océan Indien) and a member of the GRELCEF (Groupe de Recherche et d’Études sur les Littératures et Cultures de l’Espace Francophone). He is also the Editor of the Essais et critiques littéraires series of L’Atelier d’écriture publisher in Mauritius. He has contributed to several research projects related to the Indian Ocean literatures and was guest-editor for a special issue of Loxias-Colloque (Université de Nice) dedicated to Mauritian literature. He is currently co-editing the forthcoming issues of Nouvelles Études Francophones and Cahiers du GRELCEF.
In fall 2013, Bruno Jean-François taught a course on French and Francophone Theater, with a focus on 20th Century plays addressing issues of power, race and rebellion. During the spring quarter, he will teach a course on French and Francophone Intellectual History.