Queer African Cinematic Art and Popular Melodrama

1155 Observatory Drive Madison, WI 53706, 206 Ingraham Hall
@ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Africa at Noon

Speaker: Lindsey Green-Simms

Time: 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm

Venue: 206 Ingraham Hall

Lindsey Green-Simms is a Professor and the Literature Department chair at the American University, Washington D.C. Professor Green-Simms’ teaching and research focuses on film and literature from the Global South, with a particular emphasis on African cultural production. Her most recent book, Queer African Cinemas (Duke University Press, 2022), discusses LGBT African art films and popular melodramas in the first decades of the twenty-first century. Green-Simms argues that these films not only record the fear, anxiety, and vulnerability many queer Africans experience; they highlight how queer African cinematic practices contribute to imagining new hopes and possibilities and highlight potentials for queer life-building and survival. Professor Green-Simms’ first book, Postcolonial Automobility: Cars Cultural in West Africa (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), examines how the contradictions of globalization, modernity, and consumer culture are embedded in the commodity of the automobile. Postcolonial Automobility has been awarded the African Literature Association First Book Prize as well as the American Comparative Literature Association Helen Tartar Book Subvention Award.