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AFRICA AT NOON: Jonathon Repinecz
October 30, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
“The Straightjacket of Authenticity: Black Writers as Bad Folklorists in the Congolese Nervous State”
George Mason University
Jonathon Repinecz specializes in francophone literatures of West and Central Africa. While he has a particular expertise in Senegal, and a growing interest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he regularly teaches texts and traditions from around the continent. His work focuses on crossing language lines (i.e. French-Wolof, francophone-anglophone) and is deeply engaged with Africanist conversations in the humanities and social sciences.
Repinecz has published articles on African literature and cinema in several journals and blogs, and has a book forthcoming. He has translated a number of scholarly articles on Africanist anthropology. In addition to regular courses on African and francophone cultural production within the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, he collaborates closely with Mason’s Global Affairs Program to enhance offerings in African Studies for the wider campus community.