SOAS University of London

School of Arts

Lindiwe Dovey

BA (Harvard), PhD (Cantab)
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School of Arts

Reader in Screen Arts and Industries

Centre for Media and Film Studies


Centre for Gender Studies


Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)


Centre of African Studies


Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies


Dr Lindiwe Dovey
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Lindiwe Dovey is a scholar, teacher, filmmaker, and film curator, and her work aims to combine film scholarship and practice in mutually enlightening ways.

As a filmmaker she has concentrated on making adaptations of literature (for example, of Olive Schreiner and Vladimir Nabokov’s writing), and adaptation and cultural appropriation are also topics she has reflected on in depth in her scholarly work – for example, in her first book, African film and Literature: Adapting Violence to the Screen (2009), as well as in numerous journal articles and book chapters. What primarily interests her about adaptation are the power dynamics involved in the retelling of certain stories, and the fascinating ways that people remake and reinterpret narratives in new moments and new contexts. In a recent study, for example, she looks at the ways that Ugandan veejays creatively transform foreign films for local audiences in Uganda.

As a film curator, Lindiwe has been instrumental in raising the profile and visibility of African film in the UK. She is the Co-Founder of Film Africa, for which she was also the Co-Director and the Film Programme Director in 2011 and 2012; and the Founding Director of the Cambridge African Film Festival, the UK’s longest running annual African film festival. In her scholarly work she has combined in-depth research into the exhibition, circulation, and curation of African film with reflections on her own experiences of founding, directing, and curating film festivals, most notably in her new book Curating Africa in the Age of Film Festivals (2015), and in articles in journals such as Screen, Cinema Journal, Scope, Jump Cut, Journal of African Cultural Studies, and Feminist Africa.       

Lindiwe is the recipient of numerous awards, such as the 2011 SOAS Director’s Teaching Prize, a Philip Leverhulme Prize for outstanding scholarship and a Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award.

Lindiwe teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses at SOAS, and is interested in supervising doctoral research on all aspects of African screen media and, in particular, the South African context, film festivals, and gender dynamics.   

You can find out more about Lindiwe and her work at her website Lindiwe Dovey.


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Estrella Sendra Fernandez, Two-tier festivals in Senegal between the local and the international: A case study of the Festival of Folklore and Percussion (FESFOP) in Louga, Senegal
  • Joshua McNamara, Small scale audiovisual production and its relationship with the development and aid sector in Nairobi: an approach toward Kenya's media environment, from the perspective of practice-based research.
  • Michael W. Thomas, Themes and Trends in Ethiopian (Amharic) Cinema: Pioneering Films of the Past and Popular Cinema of the Present-day.
  • Robin Steedman, Nairobi-based Female Filmmakers and the ‘Creative Hustle’: Gender and Film Production between the Local and the Transnational

Recent PhD Students Supervised

  • Caroline Mose, Kenyan Hiphop: Interrogating Socio-Political Interventions of Popular Youth Culture in Nairobi


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Authored Books

Dovey, Lindiwe (2015) Curating Africa in the Age of Film Festivals. New York; London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2009) African Film and Literature: Adapting Violence to the Screen. New York: Columbia University Press.


Dovey, Lindiwe (2018) 'Entertaining Africans: Creative Innovation in the (Internet) Television Space'. Media Industries, (5) 2.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2016) 'On the Matter of Fiction: An Approach to the Marginalization of African Film Studies in the Global Academy'. Black Camera, (7) 2, pp 159-173.

Dovey, Lindiwe and Olivieri, Federico (2015) 'Festivals and the politics of space and mobility: the Tarifa/Cordoba African Film Festival (FCAT) as nomadic heterotopia'. Screen, (56) 1, pp 142-148.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2015) 'Through the Eye of a Film Festival: Toward a Curatorial and Spectator Centered Approach to the Study of African Screen Media'. Cinema Journal, (54) 2, pp 126-132.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2014) 'Curating Africa: Teaching African Film through the Lens of Film Festivals'. Scope: An online journal of film and television studies, (26), pp 6-9.

Dovey, Lindiwe and McNamara, Joshua and Olivieri, Federico (2013) '"From, by, for": Nairobi's Slum Film Festival, film festival studies, and the practices of development'. Jump Cut, (55).

Dovey, Lindiwe (2013) 'Film Africa 2012: Reflections'. Journal of African Cultural Studies, (25) 1, pp 122-127.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2012) 'Report on Film Africa: Celebrating African Cinema, 3-13 November 2011'. Journal of African Cultural Studies, (24) 1, pp 113-120.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2012) 'New Looks: The Rise of African Women Filmmakers'. Feminist Africa, (16), pp 18-36.

Dovey, Lindiwe and Impey, Angela (2010) ''African Jim': sound, politics, and pleasure in early 'black' South African cinema'. Journal of African Cultural Studies, (22) 1, pp 57-73.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2010) 'Editorial: 'African film and video: pleasure, politics, performance''. Journal of African Cultural Studies, (22) 1, pp 1-6.

Dovey, Lindiwe and Davies, James (2010) 'Bizet in Khayelitsha: U-Carmen eKhayelitsha as audio-visual transculturation'. Journal of African Media Studies, (2) 1, pp 39-53.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2010) 'Editorial: Towards interpretation of screen media in Africa'. Journal of African Media Studies, (2) 1, pp 3-7.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2009) 'Subjects of exile: Alienation in Francophone West African cinema'. International Journal of Francophone Studies.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2007) 'Redeeming Features: From 'Tsotsi' (1980) to 'Tsotsi' (2006)'. Journal of African Cultural Studies, (19) 2, pp 143-164.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2005) 'South African Cinema in Exile'. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, (41) 2, pp 189-199.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2002) 'Towards an Art of Adaptation: Film and the New Criticism-as-Creation'. Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, (2), pp 51-61.

Edited Books or Journals

Dovey, Lindiwe, (ed.), (2010) Journal of African Cultural Studies. Special issue: African film and video: pleasure, politics, performance, v.22 (1). Abingdon: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group.

Dovey, Lindiwe, (ed.), (2010) Journal of African Media Studies. Volume 2 Issue 1. Bristol: Intellect.

Book Chapters

Dovey, Lindiwe (2019) 'Listening Between the Images: African Filmmakers’ Take on the Soviet Union, Soviet Filmmakers’ Take on Africa'. In: Lu, Xiaoning, (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Forthcoming]

Dovey, Lindiwe (2018) 'Towards Alternative Histories and Herstories of African Filmmaking: From Bricolage to the ‘Curatorial Turn’ in African Film Scholarship'. In: Harrow, Kenneth and Garritano, Carmela, (eds.), Companion to African Cinema. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. [Forthcoming]

Dovey, Lindiwe (2015) ''Bergman in Uganda': Ugandan Veejays, Swedish Pirates, and the Political Value of Live Adaptation'. The Politics of Adaptation: Media Convergence and Ideology. New York; Houndsmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 99-113.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2014) 'Fools (Ramadan Suleman, 1997): or, the importance of being able to tell 'messy' stories at the 'wrong' time'. In: Bisschoff, Lizelle and Murphy, David, (eds.), Africa's Lost Classics: New Histories of African Cinema. London: Legenda, pp 107-112.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2012) 'Fidelity, Simultaneity and the 'Remaking' of Adaptation Studies'. In: Nicklas, Pascal and Lindner, Oliver, (eds.), Adaptation and Cultural Appropriation: Literature, Film, and the Arts. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, pp 162-185.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2012) 'Storytelling in Contemporary African Fiction Film and Video'. In: Khatib, Lina, (ed.), Storytelling in World Cinemas Volume 1. New York: Columbia University Press, pp 89-103.

Dovey, Lindiwe and Singer, Christine (2012) 'Representations of African childhood in conflict and post-conflict contexts: Johnny Mad Dog, Ezra, and Sleepwalking Land'. In: Olson, Debbie and Scahill, Andrew, (eds.), Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema. Plymouth: Lexington Books, pp 151-174.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2011) 'Film and Postcolonial Writing'. In: Quayson, Ato, (ed.), The Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 1039-1067.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2010) 'Directors' Cut: In Defence of African Film Festivals outside Africa'. In: Iordanova, Dina and Cheung, Ruby, (eds.), Film Festival Yearbook 2: Film Festivals and Imagined Communities. St. Andrews: St Andrews Film Studies, pp 45-73.

Dovey, Lindiwe and Dovey, Teresa (2010) 'Coetzee on Film'. J.M. Coetzee's Austerities. Surrey, England; Burlington, USA: Ashgate, pp 57-78.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2008) '"Eyes Wide Shut": Kubrick and the Representation of Gender'. In: Rhodes, Gary, (ed.), Stanley Kubrick: Essays on His Films and Legacy. Jefferson: McFarland.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2005) 'Politicising Adaptation: Re-historicising South African Literature through Fools'. In: Aragay, M., (ed.), Books in Motion. Adaptation, Intertextuality, Authorship. Rodopi, pp 163-179.

Book Reviews

Dovey, Lindiwe (2011) 'Review of "Men in African Film & Fiction" edited by Lahoucine Ouzgane'. English in Africa, (38) 3, pp 147-152.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2009) 'Review of 'The Devil you Dance With: Film Culture in the New South Africa''. Cineaste, (35) 1, pp 80-82.


Dovey, Lindiwe (2012) 'Film Africa 2012'.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2011) 'Film Africa 2011: Celebrating African Cinema'.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2009) 'Cambridge African Film Festival 2009'.


Dovey, Lindiwe (2013) 'Interview with Rasselas Lakew' Journal of African Cultural Studies, 25.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2013) 'Interview with Davey Frankel: A marathon, not a sprint - the journey of The Athlete towards being seen' Journal of African Cultural Studies, 25.


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