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Winner’s story: Joanne Chassot

Atlantic Studies Early-Career Essay Prize

I didn’t know Atlantic Studies: Global Currents had launched this new prize for early-career scholars, and I feel honored to be its first recipient.

JChassotI was all the more delighted to receive this prize that it came as an absolute surprise. I didn’t know Atlantic Studies: Global Currents had launched this new prize for early-career scholars, and I feel honored to be its first recipient. I am also particularly pleased to see my research on the Middle Passage recognized and publicized in this way because this is a topic that has been haunting me for years.

Atlantic Studies was an obvious choice for publishing this essay, not only because the Middle Passage is such a central topic in the field, but also because my analysis of texts of diverse genres (a historical study, a novel, and a film) perfectly fits the journal’s interest in multidisciplinary and transnational approaches. This choice proved a particularly good one, as the publication process was incredibly fast and smooth, with the article appearing online less than seven months after I initially submitted it for consideration.

My essay, ““Voyage through death/to life upon these shores”: the living dead of the Middle Passage,” is adapted from a chapter of my PhD thesis, which examined the trope of the ghost in contemporary African diaspora literature. I obtained my PhD from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where I currently work as a lecturer in American literature. I was also a visiting lecturer at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. My main areas of research are African diaspora literature and postcolonial studies, and I am currently working on a new book project titled “Failing to Re-member: African Diaspora literature and the Politics of Failure.”


Read Chassot’s winning article “Voyage through death/to life upon these shores”: the living dead of the Middle Passage

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