Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Critical Inquiry
Professor, Department of French
Debarati Sanyal, Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Critical Inquiry, Professor of French (affiliated with Critical Theory, The Center for Race and Gender, and European Studies). Debarati's research and teaching interests range from 19th-century French literature to contemporary critical refugee studies. Her first book, The Violence of Modernity: Baudelaire, Irony and the Politics of Form (Johns Hopkins, 2006), reclaimed Baudelaire's aesthetic legacy for ethical inquiry and historical critique. Her second book, Memory and Complicity: Migrations of Holocaust Remembrance (Fordham, 2015), addressed the transnational circulations of memory and complicity in the aftermath of the Shoah, from post-WWII to the present. It was translated in French as Mémoire et complicité: Au Prisme de la Shoah (PUV, 2018) with a preface by Éric Fassin. A Guggenheim Fellow (2021-2022), she is completing a book on migrant resistance, biopolitics and aesthetics in Europe's current refugee "crisis."