College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Antje Ziethen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, French and Francophone Studies
Primary office:
(785) 864 - 9065
Wescoe Hall
Room 2064
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594

Antje Ziethen's research focuses on global literature in French, the urban novel, postcolonial studies, diaspora/transnational studies, geo-centered literary theory, as well as gender studies and has led to publications on Acadian, African, Caribbean, Québécois, and Indian Ocean fiction. She received a doctorate in French studies from the University of Toronto and pursued postdoctoral research at the Universities of Kassel and Göttingen, Germany, as well as at McGill University in Montreal. Her first monograph "Géo/Graphies postcoloniales. La Poétique de l’espace dans le roman mauricien et sénégalais" was published in 2013 by the editors of the African Literature and Art series at Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Germany. It explores the literary production and function of space in novels from Mauritius and Senegal.


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Our Statement on Diversity in support of Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk and the University of Kansas Black Student Union’s efforts to combat racism.
The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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