Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Dr Dmitry Bondarev
- Early Kanuri dialects, comparative Saharan, Kanuri glosses n Arabic script, linguistics of literacy, phonology and morphosyntax, palaeography.
- Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Kamerun (Cameroon)
Dr David Dalby
Emeritus Reader in West African Languages, SOAS, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Comparative study and mapping of African languages; referential classification of the languages of the world; development of indigenous African writing systems; problems of language and education in Africa.
- Sub-Saharan Africa
Dr Lindiwe Dovey
Lecturer in African Film and Performance Arts, SOAS, email@example.com
- African film and video (particularly their intersection);
- filmic mediations of African performance arts (music, dance, theatre);
- literary adaptation in Africa;
- contemporary film theory and 'World Cinema';
- exile/immigration and violence in relation to African screen media;
- structures of film production, distribution, and exhibition in Africa; use of African languages in film.
Dr Kai Easton
Lecturer in African Literature and Diaspora Studies, SOAS, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Colonial and postcolonial studies, especially South African literature (the Cape, Wicomb, Coetzee
- Gender and the culture of travel;
- Indian Ocean diasporas;
- theories of fiction and history.
- South Africa; Southern Africa
Professor of African Language Literature, SOAS, email@example.com
- Hausa language, linguistics and literature; African literatures both oral and written; popular culture.
- West Africa, Nigeria
Dr Chege Githiora
Senior Lecturer in Swahili, Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa, SOAS, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Swahili language, literature and linguistics;
- Lexicography in general;
- African Diaspora in Latin America.
- Kenya,Tanzania, Mexico
Dr Frances Harding
Lecturer in African Drama, SOAS, email@example.com
- Performance in Africa; theatre for development; Tiv culture; television and film; masquerade and puppetry; theatre as socio-political action; experience of acting.
Emeritus Professor Richard Hayward
Professor of Ethiopian Linguistic Studies, SOAS
- Historical comparative and descriptive linguistics relating to Omotic, East Cushitic and Ethiopian Semitic languages; phonology, morphology and phonetics; lexicographical work on Gamo (Ethiopia).
Dr. Seraphin Kamdem
Teaching Fellow, SOAS, Department of Languages and Cultures, firstname.lastname@example.org
- African Languages and Education
- Multilingual adult literacy in the rural areas of Cameroon
Professor Philip Jaggar
Professor of West African Linguistics, SOAS, email@example.com
- Linguistic description of Hausa; comparative (West) Chadic; social anthropology of Hausaland (blacksmithing in Kano).
Dr Lutz Marten
Lecturer in Southern African Languages, SOAS, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Comparative Bantu; theoretical and African linguistics; syntax; semantics; pragmatics
- Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, SADEC
Dr Mpalive Msiska
- Representations of identity in African literature and philosophy; the problem of cultural authenticity in Wole Soyinka's work.
- East and Central Africa, Malawi
Dr Martin Orwin
Lecturer in Somali and Amharic, SOAS, email@example.com
- Somali and Amharic language and literature; Somali poetry, particularly metrical and stylistic analysis.
- Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia
Mr Godwin Kwadwo Osei-Nyame
Lecturer in African Literature, SOAS, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Main research interests are literature and nationalism, post-colonial theory and fiction, gender and national liberation, the politics of national identity and African-American writings.
- Forthcoming publications include:
- 'Chinua Achebe Writing Culture: Representations of Gender and Tradition in Things Fall Apart', Research in African Literatures
- 'Love and Nation: Fanon's African Revolution and Ayi Kwei Armah's The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born', Journal of Commonwealth Literature
Dr Akin Oyetade
Lecturer in Yoruba, SOAS, email@example.com
- Yoruba language, oral and written literature, and culture; application of non-linear theories of phonology to Yoruba; Yoruba dialectology and the standardisation of Yoruba; Yoruba in the diaspora.
Dr Alena Rettová
Lecturer in Swahili Literature and Culture, SOAS, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Swahili literature;
- African philosophy;
- Afrophone philosophical discourses;
- Literatures in African languages
Dr Farouk Topan
Senior Lecturer in Swahili, SOAS, email@example.com
- Religion and society on the Swahili coast; genres of Swahili oral literature; performance of Swahili oral arts especially the dance and songs of spirit-mediumship cults; child socialisation and Swahili didactic songs; relations between Swahili-speaking coastal peoples of East Africa.