Title

Get over it? The true effects of violence in the Francophone world

Lead Author Major

French Studies and Music

Lead Author Status

Senior

Second Author Major

Speech Language Pathology and Audiology; French

Second Author Status

Senior

Third Author Major

Biological Sciences

Third Author Status

Senior

Fourth Author Major

Applied Mathematics; Economics

Fourth Author Status

Junior

Format

Oral Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Cosana Eram

Faculty Mentor Email

ceram@pacific.edu

Faculty Mentor Department

Modern Languages - French

Abstract/Artist Statement

Abstract:

Get over it? Is an invitation to explore the Francophone world and the lingering effects of its unseen violence. This research project took us to four countries (Canada, Algeria, Martinique, Guinea), and explored the voice of the people, often unheard, but directly affected by French colonialism and it’s invasive forced assimilation. The measurable effects of colonialism, or the “what”, are of course data points that are easily found in economic exchange, raw resources depletion, ideological education, technology, etc... However, the unseen effects, or the “how”, on the core identity of a people is more nuanced, subtle, and yet more impactful.

Findings:

  • We intend to explore a form of violence that results in the loss of the self and the fragmentation of individualism.

  • French colonization resulted in violent repercussions that exist in ex-colonies to this day.

  • Violence of identity loss is unique to the individuals in each country.

  • The French never fostered a sense of cultural cohesion, instead assimilation.

    • Forced individuals of a country to be torn apart between two cultural, disharmonious forces.

  • Power differential exists not only internally but on a global platform

  • Fragmented identity results in a loss of individual power, cultural potential power, and global presence due to the self hating ingrained beliefs.

Artist's Statement

We were inspired to explore this subject because it is the duty of the artist to redefine our human experience and represent the voices of the past. With this in mind, we researched authors that were passionate about exposing their experiences and are little read. Uncovering the words of history helps us to overlay the lense of knowledge in our outlook of the world today. We must always remember the capacity that literature has to help us understand, and respect one another, as a part of humanity’s collective whole.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

Start Date

28-4-2018 2:00 PM

End Date

28-4-2018 2:20 PM

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Get over it? The true effects of violence in the Francophone world

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

Abstract:

Get over it? Is an invitation to explore the Francophone world and the lingering effects of its unseen violence. This research project took us to four countries (Canada, Algeria, Martinique, Guinea), and explored the voice of the people, often unheard, but directly affected by French colonialism and it’s invasive forced assimilation. The measurable effects of colonialism, or the “what”, are of course data points that are easily found in economic exchange, raw resources depletion, ideological education, technology, etc... However, the unseen effects, or the “how”, on the core identity of a people is more nuanced, subtle, and yet more impactful.

Findings:

  • We intend to explore a form of violence that results in the loss of the self and the fragmentation of individualism.

  • French colonization resulted in violent repercussions that exist in ex-colonies to this day.

  • Violence of identity loss is unique to the individuals in each country.

  • The French never fostered a sense of cultural cohesion, instead assimilation.

    • Forced individuals of a country to be torn apart between two cultural, disharmonious forces.

  • Power differential exists not only internally but on a global platform

  • Fragmented identity results in a loss of individual power, cultural potential power, and global presence due to the self hating ingrained beliefs.

Artist's Statement

We were inspired to explore this subject because it is the duty of the artist to redefine our human experience and represent the voices of the past. With this in mind, we researched authors that were passionate about exposing their experiences and are little read. Uncovering the words of history helps us to overlay the lense of knowledge in our outlook of the world today. We must always remember the capacity that literature has to help us understand, and respect one another, as a part of humanity’s collective whole.