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).
African Cultural Studies
Murphy D (2017) Race and the Legacy of the First World War in French Anti-Colonial Politics of the 1920s. In: Ewence H & Grady T (eds.) Minorities and the First World War: from war to peace. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 201-225. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-53975-5_8
Murphy D (2016) The Performance of Pan-Africanism: Staging the African Renaissance at the First World Festival of Negro Arts. In: Murphy D (ed.). The First World Festival of Negro Arts, Dakar 1966: contexts and legacies. Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines, 20, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, pp. 1-42.
Murphy D & Forsdick C (2015) Staging the Black Atlantic: from the Chicago World’s Fair (1893) to the World Festival of Negro Arts (Dakar 1966). In: Moura JM, Porra V (ed.). L’Atlantique littéraire: perspectives théoriques sur la construction d’un espace translinguistique. Passagen - Passages, 14, Hildesheim, Germany: Georg Olms Verlag, pp. 143-158.
Murphy D (2015) Culture, Development, and the African Renaissance: Ousmane Sembene and Léopold Senghor at the World Festival of Negro Arts (Dakar 1966). In: LJ Vetinde, Fofana AT (ed.). Ousmane Sembène and the Politics of Culture. After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France, Lanham, MD (USA): Lexington, pp. 1-16.
Murphy D (2014) Francophone West African Cinema, 1955-69: False starts and new beginnings. In: Bisschoff L, Murphy D (ed.). Africa’s Lost Classics: New Histories of African Cinema
. Moving Image, 5, Oxford: Legenda, pp. 50-62.
Murphy D (2014) Lost in Music? Race, Culture and Identity in Rage (Newton I. Aduaka, 2000). In: Bisschoff L, Murphy D (ed.). Africa’s Lost Classics: New Histories of African Cinema. Moving Image, 5, Oxford: Legenda, pp. 161-166.
Murphy D & Bisschoff L (2014) Introduction: Revising the Classics: Opening up the archives of African cinema
. In: Bisschoff L, Murphy D (ed.). Africa’s Lost Classics: New Histories of African Cinema. Moving Image, 5, Oxford: Legenda, pp. 1-21.
Murphy D & Ni Loingsigh A (2010) Africa and Europe: Representations of Europe in Francophone African Cinema and Literature, 1954-74. In: Chamayou A, Duncan A (ed.). Le Rire Européen/European Laughter. Collection Études, Perpignan: Presses Universitaires de Perpignan, pp. 349-364.