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Maïté is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Program of Comparative Literary Studies with a home department in French and Italian and affiliation with the Critical Theory Cluster and the Theater and Performance Studies cluster. She received her B.A in Art History from the Free University of Brussels and her M.A from the Center For Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University in the UK. She was awarded the Helen O. Piros Graduate Fellowship in 2018 and spent the academic year 2018 -2019 in Paris as a doctoral exchange fellow at the École Normale Supérieure. While in Paris, she also participated in the Paris Program in Critical Theory. Her dissertation entitled “Literature in the ordeal of disaffection” investigates how 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literature engages with indifference, impassivity, and other “zero degree” affect. Broadly conceived, her interests include affect theory, literary and art criticism, gender studies, critical theory, histories of emotions, and the intersection of art and science.
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