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Faculty

Cilas Kemedjio

Cilas Kemedjio

  • Professor of French
  • Director for the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies

PhD, Ohio State University

311B Morey Hall
(585) 273-5346
cilaskemedjio@rochester.edu

Office Hours: ON LEAVE, SPRING 2017


Research Overview

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • AAS 380:  African and African-American Studies Senior Seminar (Fall 2017)
  • FR 202:  Introduction to Literature in French (Spring 2016)
  • FR 204:  Contemporary French Culture (Fall 2015)
  • FR 239:  Representing African-Americans in the African Imagination (Spring 2014)
  • FR 243:  Mutilated Bodies: From Traditions to Cutting-Edge Technologies (Fall 2017)
  • FR 247:  Black Paris (Spring 2015)
  • FR 272:  Madness and Postcolonial Literature (Spring 2013)
  • FR 274:  Caribbean Novel and Theory (Spring 2014)
  • FR 286:  Growing Up in French (Fall 2014)

Selected Publications

Books and Monographs

  • The Humanitarian Misunderstanding: Remembering Globalization. In progress.
  • With Cecelia Lynch, editors. Critical Investigations into Humanitarian Interventions in Africa. In progress.
  • Editor, introduction, annotations, and analysis. Mémoires des années de braise: La grève estudiantine de 1990 expliquée/Remember the Flame: White Papers from the 1990 Yaoundé University Strikes. Éditions Terroirs, 2013.
  • Mongo Beti - Le combattant fatigué. Une biographie intellectuelle. LIT, 2013. Littératures et cultures francophones hors d'Europe 7.
  • De la Négritude à la Créolité. Édouard Glissant, Maryse Condé et la malédiction de la théorie. LIT, 1999. Littératures des peuples noirs 1.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "The Suspect Nation: Globalization and the Postcolonial Imaginary." Translated by Alexis Pernsteiner. Francophone Sub-Saharan African Literature in Global Contexts. Spec. issue of Yale French Studies, no. 120, 2011, pp. 111-26. JSTORwww.jstor.org/stable/41337121.
  • "Le malentendu humanitaire: une approche de Guelwaar d'Ousmane Sembène." Ousmane Sembène. Spec. issue of Études littéraires africaines, no. 30, 2010, pp. 46-57. Éruditdoi:10.7202/1027346ar.
  • "Aimé Césaire's Letter to Maurice Thorez: The Practice of Decolonization." Aimé Césaire, 1913-2008: Poet, Politician, Cultural Statesman. Spec. issue of Research in African Literatures, vol. 41, no. 1, Spring 2010, pp. 87-108. JSTORdoi:10.2979/ral.2010.41.1.87.
  • "Of Aid and the African Renaissance: A Discussion from Ngugi wa Thiongo's Something Torn and New: An African Renaissance, Ngugi wa Thiongo's The Wizard of the Crow, and Dambisa Moyo's Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There Is Another Way for Africa." Translated by Ruthmarie H. Mitsch. Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) Blog, 14 Apr. 2010, www.cihablog.com/debating-aid-and-the-african-renaissance/.
  • "Imaginaires de la departementalisation: les indpendances en miroir." International Journal of Francophone Studies, vol. 11, no. 3, Nov. 2008, pp. 345-64. Ingenta Connectdoi:10.1386/ijfs.11.3.345_1.