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I am a PhD candidate in Gender Studies and Minority Studies. My research focuses on mixed-race identity and politics in the context of decolonization in Kanaky/New Caledonia. My work takes root in the fields of critical race and mixed race studies as well as postcolonial theory and decoloniality. In the past, I have worked on western representations of Pacific islander women, especially Polynesian. I have looked at the exoticization and eroticization of Polynesian women's bodies and how it contributes to the creation of (colonial) myths about the Pacific islands and its peoples. Specifically, I look at how other mythical creatures like the mermaids are used to 'understand' and represent the Pacific. My research interests are in contemporary colonial relations and the legacy and continuation of colonialism in the everyday lives of peoples. I am also interested in gendering issues of race and racism and am currently developing a masters's course on 'White Women & Feminism' using critical race and whiteness studies as well as Black, Third World and Indigenous feminisms. I have a Masters in Women's Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Psychology from the University of York (UK) and a Bachelor of Business from Ecole de Gestion et de Commerce du Pacifique Sud (New Caledonia).


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