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Océane Nyela

Research Assistant

Océane Nyela is a PhD student in the Joint Program in Communication & Culture at York and Toronto Metropolitan University. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) in Criminology and Sociology. Her doctoral research investigates the proliferation of braided hairstyles in several West African countries and their diasporas. The practice is situated within a larger media ecology consisting of social, spiritual, and communicative practices that act as embodied mathematical practice which mobilize the unconscious for moments of diasporic transindividuation. She is a recipient of the of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate (CGS-D) Doctoral Scholarship.