About Irene D'Almeida Ph.D.
Irene D'Almeida, Professor of French and Francophone Studies, has just received a $60,000 grant from the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).
The grant will fund Professor D'Almeida's continuing research of the oral songs of Fon Women in Benin (Africa).
Professor D'Almeida is a specialist on women's poetry of Western Africa, having published several translations and monographs of the topic. She published "A Rain of Words: A Bilingual Anthology of Women's Poetry in Francophone Africa" in 2009. Her most recent book, "'The Original Explosion That Created Worlds': Essays on Werewere Liking's Art and Writings," is a collection of essays co-edited with John Conteh-Morgan.