Françoise Vergès is currently Chair of Global South(s) at the Collège d'études mondiales in Paris, part of the Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme. Vergès, who grew up in Réunion Island, lived in Algeria, Mexico and the United States, was a feminist and antiracist journalist and editor in the 1980s, before doing her BA and PhD in the United States (PhD in Political Theory at University of California/Berkeley). Vergès is an active teacher, scholar, and curator.
Her thesis Monsters and Revolutionaries. Colonial Family Romance, for which she obtained the award for the best thesis in political theory, was published by Duke University Press (1999). She has taught at Sussex University and Goldsmiths College in England. Her areas of research are: postcolonial studies, South-South exchanges, coloniality and independence policies, feminism, etc. She has published on Frantz Fanon, Aimé Césaire, the ambiguities of abolitionism, colonial and postcolonial psychiatry, slavery remembrance, the processes of creolisation in the Indian Ocean, and new forms of colonisation and racialisation. She regularly works with artists, produces exhibitions, is the author of documentary films on Maryse Condé and Aimé Césaire. She was project advisor for Documenta 11 in 2002 and the Triennale de Paris in 2011.
Her publications include: Le ventre des femmes. Capitalisme, racialisation, féminisme, Albin Michel, Paris, 2017; Exposer l'esclavage : méthodologies et pratiques (Exposing slavery: methodologies and practices), Africultures, Paris, 2013; L'Homme prédateur. Ce que nous enseigne l'esclavage sur notre temps (Predatory humans. What slavery tells us about our era), Albin Michel, Paris, 2011; Ruptures postcoloniales (Post-colonial rupture), with Nicolas Bancel, Florence Bernault, Pascal Blanchard, Ahmed Boubakeur and Achille Mbembe, La Découverte, Paris, 2010.