Bastien Craipain is a PhD candidate in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago where he studies Francophone intellectual histories and literatures. Specifically, he is interested in the intersection of literature and the social sciences as they relate to historical processes of racial vindication, cultural affirmation, and national construction in Haiti and the Caribbean. In his dissertation, “Race, nation et culture: anthropologies et littératures franco-haïtiennes,” he investigates the ways in which nineteenth- and twentieth-century Haitian intellectuals have engaged with the field of anthropology in order to challenge the production of scientific-racist discourses and their justification of North-Atlantic imperialisms.
Research Interests: Postcolonial Francophone Studies; Haitian and Caribbean Studies; Critical Race Theory; History of the Social Sciences; Translation.
Dissertation: Race, nation et culture: anthropologies et littératures franco-haïtiennes
Recent Courses in RLL
- FREN 22217 Anthropologie, littérature et société: perspectives françaises et francophones (Autumn 2017)
- FREN 23320 Short Stories of the Black Atlantic: A Francophone Perspective (Winter 2020)
- FREN 23333/33333 Reading French for Research Purposes (Spring 2020)