Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances Françoise Vergès will be unable to attend this event.

With support from the Embassy of France in Ireland and the Irish Research Council

Who makes gods of men, and how are they brought back down to earth? The question is answered directly by Anna Della Subin’s study Accidental Gods: On Men Unwittingly Turned Divine, and broadly by the political scientist and scholar Françoise Vergès’ manifesto, A Decolonial Feminism. Both are vital contributions to ongoing conversations about the fallout of empire, and the power in the hands of indigenous anti-racist and anti-colonial movements throughout history. This is a vital opportunity to hear from two stellar intellects with decades of experience in their fields. Make your Saturday lunchtime unforgettable.

Anna Della Subin is a writer, critic, and independent scholar born in New York. Her essays have appeared in the New York Review of Books, Harper’s, the New York Times, and the London Review of Books. A senior editor at Bidoun, she studied the history of religion at Harvard Divinity School. Accidental Gods (Granta) is her first book.

Françoise Vergès was born in Paris and grew up in La Réunion and Algeria. She has worked since the 1970s as a journalist, before graduating summa cum laude from the University of California in Political Science. Across her career, she has been a professor at Goldsmiths College, Sussex, a researcher for the World Studies College, and worked on projects across the Francophone world on the history and remembrance of the transatlantic slave trade. She is the author of ten books, two of which have been translated into English, and has directed two documentaries, on the authors Aimé Césaire and Maryse Condé.

This event will be moderated by Caelainn Hogan.


Event Location

An Taibhdhearc

19 Middle St, Galway, H91 RX76

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The main auditorium is step free, and there are accessible toilet facilities. There are two accessible parking spaces either end of Middle Street and three spaces on Saint Augustine Street opposite. There is a Loop system. HEPA filter will be in use