Title

Empress Josephine's Beheaded Statue

Presenter Information

Paige Berg

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Research Advisor

Merfeld-Langston, Audra L.

Advisor's Department

Arts, Languages, and Philosophy

Funding Source

Arts, Languages, and Philosophy

Abstract

Empress Josephine's beheaded statue in Fort-de-France, Martinique symbolizes Martinican culture both politically and socially. Through research about the statue's creation and significant events surrounding the statue, how Empress Josephine's statue represents social and political contradictions in Martinique was explored. It was discovered the symbolism of Empress Josephine's statue has changed through history from a symbol of white supremacy to a site of political protest of departmentalization and assimilation, and refusal to forget complexities of Martinique's history.

Biography

Paige Berg is a junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in French. She is the Vice-President of French Club, Resource Manager for Missouri S& T Satellite Research Team, and Secretary of Society of Women Engineers, as well as being a member of Phi Sigma Rho, Sigma Gamma Tau, Student Union Board and Honors Academy. In her free time, she loves to read, watch movies, embroider, and sew.

Research Category

Arts and Humanities

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Award

Arts and humanities poster session: First place

Location

Upper Atrium

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Empress Josephine's Beheaded Statue

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Empress Josephine's beheaded statue in Fort-de-France, Martinique symbolizes Martinican culture both politically and socially. Through research about the statue's creation and significant events surrounding the statue, how Empress Josephine's statue represents social and political contradictions in Martinique was explored. It was discovered the symbolism of Empress Josephine's statue has changed through history from a symbol of white supremacy to a site of political protest of departmentalization and assimilation, and refusal to forget complexities of Martinique's history.