Williams College professor Katarzyna Pieprzak will visit to present her work on the growth of shantytowns in Casablanca, Morocco. Prof. Pieprzak will offer a workshop aimed at facilitating cross-discipline dialogue among faculty in the humanities and the social sciences. Her colloquium in Pitt's Humanities Center will be titled "Spaces of Migration and Aesthetics of Immobility: Bidonvilles in the Francophone Mediterranean Imagination."
Professor Pieprzak's visit is part of the Mediterranean Metageograpies series, hosted by the Department of French & Italian—in collaboration with a number of Dietrich School and campus-wide partners. The series seeks to create a forum for the multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted examination of the Mediterranean Sea and the cultures that have shared and contested it for millennia. Titled MEDITERRANEAN METAGEOGRAPHIES, the series is organized around—and anchored by—the graduate seminars taught in the fall (Professor Neil Doshi) and spring (Professor Lina Insana) in the Department of French & Italian. MEDITERRANEAN METAGEOGRAPHIES celebrates shared interests of the department faculty while also offering graduate students an important opportunity to interact with visiting scholars and to extend seminar discussions to a wider forum. Further, by creating a forum for film screenings and the public presentation of creative work emerging from the Mediterranean region, we hope to engage undergraduate students and the broader community in this dialogue.