Aliko Songolo

Aliko Songolo
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pas Eurias

dates de séjour

01/01/2018 - 31/03/2018
01/02/2020 - 31/03/2020



Fonction d’origine


Institution d’origine

University of Wisconsin, Madison (États-Unis)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Migration of African-American Writers to Paris and Encounter with African and Caribbean Writers (1930-1960)

The project aims to explore the complex and sometimes complicated web of relationships among African-American writers, artists, and intellectuals and their Francophone African and Caribbean counterparts over three crucial decades of the twentieth century. The project will aim to focus on a range of contributions of African-American thought and style of writing to the development of Francophone African writing and political thought over a period of three decades. Conversely, it will also display a new kind of knowledge of the African continent that African-American writers gained through their interaction with the African elite of their time. Serving as a Fulbright Specialist will afford me an opportunity to link or relink three universities on three continents. These universities have enjoyed variously shared histories over several decades. The University of Wisconsin (UW) has had a highly successful exchange program with Aix-Marseille Université (AMU) for over 50 years; UW and Université Gaston Berger (UGB) of Saint-Louis, Senegal, enjoyed a rich exchange program from 1992 to 2012 that was initially supported by the US State Department. Reviving this link and connecting UGB to AMU would be of great intellectual and educational benefit to all three universities. Given adequate resources, UGB colleagues would find their way back to UW to pursue their research on African-American literature and other issues of interest; they will also benefit from abundant resources of UW libraries and researchers in Departments of African Cultural Studies, Afro-American Studies and in the African Diaspora & the Atlantic World Research Circle. Those who study these issues in French will share their research with colleagues and students in the UW’s Department of French & Italian and at AMU’s Institute for Advanced Studies (IMéRA) in Marseille. Finally, it will be a great opportunity for capacity building in Afro-American studies for UGB’s English Department and a good opportunity for AMU’s IMéRA to further diversify its humanities programming within its vibrant array of interdisciplinary collaborations anchored in the sciences and social sciences.


Titulaire de la Chaire Fulbright Specialist USA/Afrique/France


Natif d’Uvira (Sud-Kivu) en République Démocratique du Congo, Aliko Songolo a occupé la Chaire Halverson-Bascom de l’Université du Wisconsin à Madison (USA), où il est simultanément professeur au Département de français & italien et au Département de langues et littératures africaines. Ses intérêts en matière de recherche et d'enseignement sont axés principalement sur les domaines des littératures francophones d'Afrique et de la Caraïbe et les cinémas francophones d'Afrique. Il a publié une monographie (Aimé Césaire, Une poétique de la découverte, 1985), deux volumes coédités (Twenty-five Years after Dakar and Fourah Bay, 1998) et Atlantic Cross-Currents / Transatlantiques, 2001), et cinq volumes de New Encyclopedia of Africa (2008) qui ont joui d’une excellente réception par la critique. Il a également dirigé des numéros spéciaux de deux revues dans son domaine, French Review (1982) et Présence francophone (2003), et publié de nombreux articles. Ses projets de recherche actuels concernent la question du cinéma national en Afrique francophone, la post-colonialité dans le sillage du mouvement de la Négritude et la présence d’Aimé Césaire dans les médias.