Visiting Assistant Professor
Sub-Saharan African Francophone Studies
A native of Senegal, in West Africa, Professor Diop dubs himself “a highly migratory academic species.” He holds a Ph.D. in French from Western University in Canada (2016), an MA in Comparative Literature from Brown University (2010), and both a BA in Germanic Studies from Université de Liège in Belgium (2004), and in English Studies from the University of Dakar (2000).
His ongoing research focuses on cross-media analysis, cultural semiotics, textual pragmatics, and translation in postcolonial contexts, with a special emphasis on contemporary francophone Africa. Professor Diop has completed several translation projects in English, including the first full-fledged, scholarly biography of filmmaker Sembene Ousmane, Ousmane Sembene: The Making of a Militant-Artist (Samba Gadjigo, Indiana University Press, 2010), short fiction from contemporary West African writers, and essays by French and Francophone scholars. He recently co-translated Boris Diop’s Wolof/French novel, Doomi Golo: The Hidden Notebooks (Michigan State University Press, 2016), and is currently at work on an abridged book version of his doctoral dissertation on African film and literary adaptations.
Professor Diop is teaching a topics course on the postcolonial fantastic in film and fiction from francophone Africa. The course is intended as a general overview of a wide range of themes, forms and modes that imbue the genre with a specific “accent,” from ethnographic mystery narratives in cinema (Xala, Quartier Mozart) and literature (Le Jeu de la mer) to exploratory forays into the domain of science-fiction (Africa Paradis, Aux États-Unis d’Afrique).