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Nanar Khamo

Nanar Khamo

Visiting Assistant Professor of French
International Studies and Languages, Seaver College
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Biography

Nanar Khamo is Visiting Assistant Professor of French at Pepperdine University. She earned her MA from Tufts University and PhD from UCLA’s Department of French and Francophone Studies. Her research brings together two fields for the first time: francophone postcolonial studies and genocide studies. She has published an article in French Forum and has numerous book reviews written for The French Review and Genocide Studies and Prevention. At Pepperdine, Dr. Khamo has taught both language and literature courses in French, in topics such as francophone literature (focusing on Mauritius, Rwanda, and Côte d’Ivoire), memory studies, and genocide studies. She has a forthcoming chapter in an edited volume on the postcolonial bildungsroman.

Education

  • PhD, UCLA, 2018
  • “The Holocaust, Memory, and Race in Natacha Appanah’s Le dernier frère.” Special Issue of French Forum, “The Holocaust in French Literature, 1997-2017,” Volume 44, Number 1, 2019
  • “A City that is not a City: An Interview with Laure Murat.” L’Empire du Voyage: Travels of Mind, Body, Soul. Paroles Gelées, Volume 31, 2018
  • Review of Experiments with Empire: Anthropology and Fiction in the French Atlantic by Justin Izzo. The French Review, vol. 94 no. 1, 2020
  • Review of Postcolonial Paris: Fictions of Intimacy in the City of Light by Laila Amine, The French Review, Volume 93: Issue 1, 2019
  • Review of Poétiques de la violence et récits contemporains francophones, by Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François. The French Review, Volume 92: Issue 2, 2018
  • Review of Toussaint Louverture: A Black Jacobin in the Age of Revolutions by Charles Forsdick and Christian Høgsbjerg. Paroles Gelées, Volume 31, 2018
  • Review of Probing the Ethics of Holocaust Culture by Claudio Fugo, Claudio Kansteiner, and Todd Presner. Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, Vol. 12: Issue 2, 2018
  • Review of The Colonial Fortune in Contemporary Fiction in French by Oana Panaïté, Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, Vol 42, Issue 2, 2018.
  • Nominee for the National CGS-Proquest Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts, UCLA, 2019
  • Merrill Scholarship for Best Teaching Associate, Department of French and Francophone Studies, UCLA 2018
  • Charlotte Hyde and Jean Sherman Graduate Award for archival research in Mauritius, UCLA, 2016
  • “Memory, Violence, and Genocide in Contemporary Francophone Lecture.” Invited lecture at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, April 10, 2019
  • “Coolitude, Genocide, and Solidarity: Reconsidering Khal Torabully’s Mes Afriques, mes Ivoires.” American Comparative Literature Conference Seminar, “Representing, Remembering, and Reimagining the Francophone Islands.” Washington, D.C, March 7-10, 2019
  • “Transnational Memory and Identity in Tadjo’s L’ombre d’Imana and Torabully’s Mes Afriques, mes ivoires.” Graduate Student Colloquium. UCLA Department of French and Francophone Studies. Los Angeles, California, May 10, 2018
  • “The Holocaust, Race, and Identity in Natacha Appanah’s Le dernier frère.” Invited guest lecture in UCLA graduate seminar entitled “The Holocaust in Francophone Fiction and Film.” Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2018
  • “Orientalism and the Other in Persian Letters.” Invited guest lecture in UCLA undergraduate seminar entitled “Taming the Beast Within: Encounters with Diversity in Early Modern France.” Los Angeles, California, May 15, 2017
  • “Identity, History, and Narrative in Le Clézio’s Révolutions.” Regional, National and Global Identities in the Francophone World. Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Annual Conference. London, United Kingdom, November 17, 2017
  • “Genocide, Slavery, and Violence: Imagining Reparations in the Francophone Indian Ocean, 1715-1835.” Imagining Reparations. UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women 27th Annual Thinking Gender Graduate Student Conference. Los Angeles, California, February 10, 2017
  • “Violence and Multidirectional Memory in the Francophone Indian Ocean: Natacha Appanah's Le dernier frère and Les Rochers de Poudre d'Or.” Francophone Postcolonial Studies in the 21st Century. Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Annual Conference. London, United Kingdom, November 18, 2016
  • “Memory and violence in Appanah's Le dernier frère and Les Rochers de Poudre d'Or.” Archives, Libraries, Properties. Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Annual Conference. Pasadena, California, November 11, 2016
  • “Memory and Imagination: The Migratory and Rhizomatic World of Le Clézio's Révolutions.” Passages, seuils, portes. 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies Annual Conference. St. Louis, Missouri, March 2016
  • “Genocide Represented in Literature: Bridging Alterity in Tadjo’s The Shadow of Imana.” Taking Stock: When Literature Produces Knowledge. 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies Annual Conference. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 2015
  • “Travel and touch: Exploring engagement in Gide's Voyage au Congo.” Touch. UCLA’s Department of French and Francophone Studies’ 19th Annual Graduate Student Conference. Los Angeles, California, October 2014
  • “‘C'est moi, moi seul’: The narrator's desire to be mother and writer in Le sari vert.” Le Monde en français/The World in French. Aarhus University, Denmark, January 2014
  • Postgraduate bursary, Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (UK), 2016
  • Department of French and Francophone Studies Support for Dartmouth Institute of French Cultural Studies, UCLA, 2015
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA, 2015
  • Center for the Study of Women Travel Grant, UCLA, 2014
  • Dean's Scholar Fellowship, UCLA, 2012-2014

Topics

  • La Francophonie
  • Genocide Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Memory Studies
  • Human Rights and Narrative 

Courses

  • French 151
  • French 152
  • French 251
  • French 341