Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Nayana Abeysinghe

Mellon Fellow

Contact Info


  • B.A., University of California, Irvine, French, 1996
  • M.A., Columbia University, French, 2001
  • M.Phil., Columbia University, French, 2003
  • Ph.D., Columbia University, French, 2009

Academic Experience

  • Mellon Fellow, Tulane University, 2011-
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 2009-2011
  • Lecturer, Alliance Française de Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2009
  • Visiting Assitant Professor, State University of New York, New Paltz, 2007-2008
  • Adjunct Faculty, State University of New York, New Paltz, 2007
  • Teaching Fellow and Head of Course, Columbia University, 1998-2006
  • Instructor, University of California, Irvine, 1996-1997

Research & Teaching Specializations: Francophone Caribbean Literature; Diaspora & Trasnational Studies

Related Experience

  • Research Assistant, Columbia University, 1999-2000
  • Member, “Transnational and Transcolonial Caribbean Studies Research Seminar”
  • Member, Modern Languages Association


  • Fellow of the Faculty, Deparment of French and Roman Philology, Columbia University, 2004-2006
  • Institut D‘Études Françaises Fellow, Department of French and Romance Philology, Columbia University, 2003-2004

Languages: French, Sinhala, Spanish, Latin

Selected Publications

  • 2010. Coming Back: New Orleans Resurgent (research and writing for photo book on the effects of hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and Louisiana by Mario Tama). New York: Umbrage.
  • 2009. “Looking History in the Eye: Sex, Memory and Domien Subjectivity in Gisèle Pineau’s Chair Piment.” Tiresias: Culture, Politics and Critical Theory. 3 (April 2009). University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • 2003. “Shattered Pasts, Fractured Selves: Trauma and Memory in Désirada.” Romanic Review. 94: 3-4 (May-Nov 2003). Columbia University, New York.





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Upcoming Events

Celebrate Caribbean culture and heritage during Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans

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Bayou Bacchanal, the original Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans, is back for its 16th annual celebration of Caribbean culture and heritage. Presented by Friends of Culture, Bayou Bacchanal will include two days of Caribbean cuisine, dance, music and celebration.

World Wide Dance
Beginning Friday, November 2 stop by the newly-opened, Algiers based, Haitian restaurant Rendezvous, for World Wide Dance. This late-night dance party begins at 10:00 p.m. and doesn’t end until the final dancer clears the floor. Enjoy live sets by locally and regionally based, Trinidadian DJ Phil and DJ Spice. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door and includes access to the World Wide Dance celebration. A cash bar and bites from Rendezvous will be available for purchase.

Bayou Bacchanal Parade and Party
After an evening of dancing and celebrating, rest up for the annual Bayou Bacchanal Parade on Saturday, November 3. Assembly begins at 11:00 a.m. and the parade takes off at noon from Harrah’s. Parade-goers are welcome to come dressed in traditional carnival attire while engaging, marching and dancing to the beats of Soca music along with Casa Samba throughout the French Quarter. The parade’s final destination will be at North Peters & Mandeville Street where the party will then transition to Crescent Park.

From 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. several Dancehall, Soca and Reggae performers will grace the Bayou Bacchanal stage for this daylong festival. Guests can expect live performances by local, national and international artists such as: Soca Artist Preacher, Pan Vibrations, Tigress of Trinidad & Tobago, and Mystic of Trinidad & Tobago.

Beats will be provided by DJ Spice and hosted by Lady Pepper. Authentic Caribbean foods, drinks and special merchandise will be available for purchase. Trini Lisa and Boswell’s will be among the official vendors for Bayou Bacchanal 2018. Fest-goers can expect Caribbean staples such as salt fish, curry goat and roti. Tropical drinks including ginger beer, passionfruit juice and Sorrel will also be available. Guests are also encouraged to dress in tradition Carnival attire for a chance to win a grand prize of $2000.

Admission to the Bayou Bacchanal fest is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information on Bayou Bacchanal or Friend of Culture, visit their onsite information booth during the festival or click here.

Bayou Bacchanal Post Party
Closeout Bayou Bacchanal at Island Flavor Bar and Grill and enjoy tasty Caribbean bites, music and dancing. DJ Ray will be spinning beginning at 11:00 p.m. Celebrate the closing of Bayou Bacchanal with a bang!

Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821

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On Wednesday, November 14, the Latin American Library at Tulane University will host Dr. Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library, for a talk titled, Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821.

This presentation is part of the Tulane University Women’s Association’s Jane and Herbert Longenecker Lecture Series. The event is dedicated to María García Daly.