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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: An Afro Caribbean scholar on the higher education plantation.
Creative Approaches to Research (2010)
  • Janice B Fournillier, Georgia State University
Abstract
In this autoethnographic piece, I explore my writing events and activities that bring me to an even greater realisation that, Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (The more things change the more they remain the same). It pushes me to tell mystory as an Afro Caribbean scholar who chooses to reside and work in the USA. I reflect on and reinterpret my writings using a dialogic/performance analysis. One major outcome is a consciousness, an awakening, and recognition that social plantation systems continue to exist in the geographic spaces—Trinidad and Tobago and the United states—that I embody. It is a painful experience, but I can transcend the isolation and use the networks available on the plantation as resources. I can find venues in which I can resist, write, speak about, and write back using cultural tools, conceptual frames, and literary devices that resonate with me as an Afro Caribbean scholar.
Keywords
  • Social plantation systems,
  • autoethnography,
  • Afro Caribbean,
  • dialogic/performance analysis.
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Janice B Fournillier. "Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: An Afro Caribbean scholar on the higher education plantation." Creative Approaches to Research Vol. 3 Iss. 2 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/janice_fournillier/5/