Alix Pierre, Ph.D.
Alix Pierre, Ph.D., is assistant professor in the African Diaspora and the World Program. Born and raised in France, educated in France and America (l’Université de La Sorbonne, and the Florida State University) , Alix Pierre has taught in France, the Caribbean, and at various institutions in the United States at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
A committed scholar, he regular attends professional development events at the national and international level where he presents the result of his research. He recently finished an eight hundred-page book on gwoka-the traditional music of island of Guadeloupe. In a comparative study of over two hundred songs, Dr. Pierre discusses the lyrics and practice of gwoka as a repetition in variation of the West African griot art form. In March 2010, he presented a paper on Francophone Caribbean art at the University of Miami Global Caribbean Conference. He also read a paper on the aesthetic of Guadeloupean visual artist Joël Nankin at the 2nd annual conference of Afro-Latin American studies held in Santo Domingo in spring 2010. On September, 2010, he will be reading a paper on artistic practices and social protest in the Francophone Caribbean region at the Creative Communities II Conference to be held at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. Also, he was invited to attend Oxford Round Table which will be held in March 2011 at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford.
Additionally, Dr. Pierre was commissioned to translate into French Azucàr! The Story of sugar, the first installment of the critically acclaimed trilogy penned by novelist and scholar Alan Cambeira. Dr. Pierre is working on the publication of L’image de la femme résistante chez quatre romancières noires: Maryse Condé, Simone Schwarz-Bart, Toni Morrison et Alice Walker. The book examines the treatment of the female heroine in the work of four female writers of African descent.
In 2005, Alix Pierre read a paper titled "Le gwoka comme chant incantatoire" at the séminaire d’ethnomusicologie in Guadeloupe. He was also Radio Tanbou guest speaker as he exchanged with Lukuber Séjor, one of the leading figure of the contemporary Guadeloupean gwoka scene and Alan Jean-the talk show host and an active member of the CASC who puts together the Sentan Gwoka festival.
In 2002, he lent his expertise in Francophone studies to the University of Guyana-the Atlanta University Center Collaborative Project serving as co-coordinator, adviser, panelist, moderator, translator and liaison. He was instrumental in bringing to Atlanta the internationally-renown poet and novelist, and Guadeloupe’s Cultural Attaché M. Ernest Pépin as the keynote speaker to the lecture series.
As part of his community service effort, this past semester Dr. Pierre worked with World Relief, a the largest refugee resettlement agency in the U.S., where he designed, implemented and assessed a curriculum geared at assisting refugees who settle in Georgia to adapt to their new environment. For three months, his team met weekly with a family of nine who fled the Democratic Republic of Congo and live now in Clarkston.
Alix Pierre currently sits on the board at the Latin American and Caribbean Community Center, and is on the editorial board of Caribbean Vistas: Critique of Caribbean Arts and Culture, and Negritud: review of Afro-Latin American studies.