I introduce myself

My name is Dr Alessandro Corio and I am from Italy. For the next two years I will be a Marie Curie Research Fellow working on Caribbean literature with Dr Louise Hardwick in French Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK).

This is me, walking along the Presqu’île de la Caravelle, Martinique, in 2008.

This blog’s purpose is to present my research as a work in progress to other scholars who work on the Caribbean.

I would also like this blog to be a useful and interesting tool for members of the public who are interested in:

  • Caribbean culture and history
  • “Francophone” cultures: the cultures of peoples who speak French throughout the world, particularly in the Caribbean, Africa and Canada
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • The African diaspora and its cultural and political expressions
  • How literature plays an active role in imagining and configuring new strategies for living as individuals and as societies in an increasingly globalized, multicultural and relational world
  • What it means to be a University researcher today

Through this blog, I aim to construct a network of exchanges and relations, because I am firmly convinced that intellectual research, even if it needs a good deal of solitary work, only grows through exchanges! So I’m using this blog to share and receive feedback on my research as it develops.

CARIBIOLIT is the acronym of my research project’s title: “Caribbean Biopolitics of Literature. Shaping Life, History and Community through the Transformative Power of Literature”.

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