Noon on September 16th 2015
Join as at the Forum for Scholars and Publics in 011 Old Chemistry Building for a discussion with historian Bruce Hall and film studies scholar Amadou Fofana about the film "Timbuktu," a powerful and celebrated depiction of the occupation of the Mali town by Jihadists.
We will discuss both the political and cultural context depicted in the film and its place within the work of Sissako (the director of numerous films including Bamako) and the broader context of West African film.
A light lunch will be served for all participants beginning at 11:45.
Williamette University & Duke University
Dr. Amadou T. Fofana is Associate Professor of French at Willamette University and a Humanities Writ-Large 2015-2016 Visiting Faculty Fellow at Duke University. He received a Licence es Lettres and a Maîtrise in English from Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal. He also received an MA in French Literature and Civilization from Michigan State University, and his Ph.D. in African Languages and Literature from UW-Madison, WI. His research and teaching interests include French language and literature, Francophone literatures and cultures, African languages, literature and films.
Bruce Hall is Associate Professor of History and African and African-American Studies at Duke University. His first book, A History of Race in Muslim West Africa, 1600-1960 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), is about the development of ideas about racial difference along the West African Sahel. The research for this project was focused in and around the Malian town of Timbuktu. His current research centers on a nineteenth-century commercial network that connected Timbuktu with Ghadames (Libya), and which involved a number of literate slaves as commercial agents.