African Cultural Studies
Making Histories: Towards More Complex Genealogies of Francophone African Literature and Cinema
PI: Professor David Murphy
Funded by: The British Academy
I have published widely on Francophone African, and particularly Senegalese, culture, as well on the relationship between Francophone and Postcolonial Studies, and have published articles on these topics in journals such as New Left Review, French Cultural Studies, Third Text and Research in African Literatures.
I am the author of two monographs on African cinema, Sembene: Imagining Alternatives in Film and Fiction (James Currey, 2000), and (with Patrick Williams), Postcolonial African Cinema: Ten Directors (Manchester University Press, 2007). I am also co-editor of several collections of essays, including (with Aedín Ní Loingsigh), Thresholds of Otherness (Grant & Cutler, 2002); (both with Charles Forsdick), Francophone Postcolonial Studies (Arnold, 2003), and Postcolonial Thought in the French-Speaking World (Liverpool University Press, 2009); (and with Michelle Keown and James Procter), Comparing Postcolonial Diasporas (Palgrave, 2009).
I was a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow (Jan-Dec 2012), which allowed me to complete a critical edition of the writings of the Senegalese anti-colonial militant Lamine Senghor, La Violation d'un pays et autres écrits antcolonialistes (L'Harmattan 2012). I am also writing a biography of Lamine Senghor (to be published by Verso in 2018).
I have also been engaged in recent years in a parallel research project on Pan-African cultural festivals. This has led to the organisation of various events, including film screenings and a conference, as well as to the publication of several pieces, in particular my edited volume, The First World Festival of Negro Arts, Dakar 1966 (Liverpool UP, 2016).