• Anthropologists in Conversation

      Griffiths, Claire H.; University of Chester (Cambridge University Press, 2017-11-03)
      Review of and discussion of Marianne Lemaire's Lettres de Sanga 2016
    • Black French women and the struggle for equality, 1848–2016. F. Germain & S. Larcher (Eds.). Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2018, ISBN 978-1-4962-0127-0

      Griffiths, Claire H.; University of Chester (emerita)
      This articles reviews fourteen essays focusing on the often unacknowledged contributions Black women have made, and are continuing to make in the fight for equality in metropolitan and 'overseas' France.
    • Fathers, Daughters, and Slaves : Women Writers and French Colonial Slavery.

      Griffiths, Claire H.; University of Chester (Liverpool University Press, 2016-03)
      Review article of Fathers, Daughters, and Slaves : Women Writers and French Colonial Slavery. By DORIS Y. KADISH. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, October 2012. 186 pp. Hb £65. ISBN: 9781846318467
    • French women and the empire: The case of Indochina

      Griffiths, Claire H.; University of Chester (Oxford University Press, 2016-02-18)
      This review article assesses the contribution to postcolonial historiography with particular reference to gender in the French colonies of Marie-Paule Ha's study of Indochina published by Oxford University Press under the title French women and the empire: the case of Indochina.
    • From Postcolonialism to Decolonial Critique? A Visual Discourse of Dissent

      Griffiths, Claire H.; University of Chester (Postcolonial Studies Association UK, 2019-09-30)
      The article explores the critical discourse developing in contemporary African art around issues of development, economic growth and labour exploitation in sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Gender and Generations: exploring gender at the frontiers of the colony

      Griffiths, Claire H.; University of Chester (Chronica Mundi, 2018)
      Abstract: This essay addresses two unanswered questions on gender justice in postcolonial Francophone Africa. It asks why countries of Francophone Africa invariably occupy the lowest ranks in global gender equity tables, and why this underperformance continues to map onto the colonial geography of the continent three generations after the end of colonial rule. Existing sociological methodologies aimed at evaluating gender equity are failing to identify why gender inequalities in countries of the former French African empires remain more pronounced than in any other part of the world. Drawing from fieldwork and research conducted in countries across Francophone Africa, it is argued that the creation and persistence of such inequalities are better understood if evaluated in the context of the cultural histories of the regions in which they persist. As the cultural histories of the former colonies are still being written, the discussion incorporates new and emerging historical research on earlier studies of African women led by female researchers during the 1930s. These include the reports and correspondence of a substantial colonial tour commissioned by the French Socialist government of 1936 to record the social impact of colonisation on African women living in seven colonies of French West Africa. In addition, analysis of the records of two pioneering French researchers, the first women to conduct anthropological fieldwork in French Africa, is helping illuminate how gender has been perceived by colonisers in this part of the world, and combined with contemporary fieldwork and policy analysis, contributing to our growing understanding of why inequality persists in certain geographical contexts that share a colonial history, and why in the former colonies of French Africa, the path gender equity has been following differs from those observed in all other postcolonial developing areas to the point where the situation in Francophone Africa is historically unique.
    • Globalizing the postcolony: Contesting discourses of gender and development in Francophone Africa

      Griffiths, Claire H.; University of Chester (Lexington Books, 2011-01-16)
      This book is a study of postcolonial development in the former French colonies of West Africa. This study analyses current thinking on gender and development policy, before moving on to examine the historical factors that have generated the gender and development deficit in the Francophone African regions.
    • Imaging the present: an iconography of slavery in African art

      Griffiths, Claire H.; University of Chester (Liverpool University Press, 2015-05-21)
      As memories of slavery re-emerge in the historiography of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, contemporary artists from Francophone Africa are engaged in reassessing how this period in Africa’s recent past has extended beyond its historical era to play a role in shaping the development challenges of present-day Africa. Exploring connections between Atlantic slavery and the use of African labour in contemporary modes of production in West Africa, recent art works from the region that once formed the heartland of the French slave trade are providing a discursive platform on which to challenge traditional post-colonial nationalist discourses of modernity and change. An iconography of slavery dating from the era of the Atlantic slave trade and the capture, enslavement and transportation of over eleven million people from Africa to the Americas over the four hundred year period of the ‘terrible trade', has appeared in a body of digital and material art work produced between 1995 and 2015. Artists originating from countries across Francophone Africa (the former French and Belgian colonies on the African mainland), many of whom now live and work in Europe, have independently been moving towards a re-contextualised use of visual imaginary that both invokes explicitly the history and legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This chapter explores the context in which ‘les arts plastiques’ have been produced in the French-speaking areas of Africa, both historically and into the present day, and explores how art offers an alternative platform for political discourse and dissent in the Francophone Africa today.
    • La Fabrique des classiques africains: écrivains d’Afrique subsaharienne francophone . Par Ducournau Claire

      Griffiths, Claire H.; University of Chester (Oxford University Press, 2018-03-12)
      The review article evaluates major new scholarship on the development of the French literary system in colonial and postcolonial Africa and its impact on Francophone writing.
    • Shifting centres and static peripheries: Geographies of power in Francophone African development politics

      Griffiths, Claire H.; University of Chester (University of Chester Press, 2013-06-30)
      This book chapter discusses the politics of gender and developments in post-colonial Francophone Africa.
    • The Uprooted: Race, Children, and Imperialism in French Indochina, 1890-1980

      Griffiths, Claire H.; University of Chester (Taylor & Francis, 2020-01-09)
      The article reviews recent scholarship on gender, race and imperialism in French Indochina up to and beyond decolonization in 1954.
    • Women Writers of Gabon: Literature and Herstory

      Griffiths, Claire H.; University of Chester (Liverpool University Press, 2017-11-30)
      The review article assesses recent scholarship on women's creative writing in French from Gabon.