SOAS University of London

Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies

Professor Lindiwe Dovey

BA (Harvard), PhD (Cantab)
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Professor of Film and Screen Studies

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Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)


Centre of African Studies

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Professor Lindiwe Dovey
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Lindiwe Dovey is Professor of Film and Screen Studies at SOAS University of London, where she has been on the faculty since September 2007. She is a researcher, teacher, filmmaker, and film curator, and her work aims to combine film scholarship and practice in mutually enlightening ways. From June 2019 to June 2024, she is the Principal Investigator of the project "African Screen Worlds: Decolonising Film and Screen Studies", which is funded by a European Research Council grant. She is a member of the Decolonising SOAS working group and you can download the SOAS Decolonising Learning and Teaching Toolkit, to which Lindiwe contributed, here. With Caspar Melville, she Co-Chairs the SOAS Centre for Creative Industries, Media, and Screen Studies.

As a filmmaker, Lindiwe is currently working on a documentary film. In the past 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 festival founder and 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 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's current research explores the work of women filmmakers who are decolonising screen media, and how the internet is changing the production, distribution, and exhibition of screen media globally.

Lindiwe convenes the Global Film Industries module and the PhD Film Studies at SOAS. With colleagues she has co-curated film seasons exploring the similarities and differences between film cultures and industries in the Global South, such as Gender Agenda! and Mixed Roots.

Lindiwe won scholarships to study at Harvard University, where she graduated with a BA Honors in 2001, and at the University of Cambridge, where she graduated with a PhD in 2005. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2010 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award, the 2011 SOAS Director's Teaching Prize, and a 2011 Philip Leverhulme Prize for outstanding scholarship.

You can find out more about Lindiwe and her work at her website Lindiwe Dovey. Her publications can be accessed through SOAS Research Online and ResearchGate.


Programmes Convened
PhD Students supervised
  • Christine Singer,
  • Joseph Owen Jackson, Kahlil Joseph, New Media and the Audiovisual Atlantic: Music and Moving Images between Africa, America and Europe
  • 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,

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, NY; London: Palgrave Macmillan.

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


Dovey, Lindiwe and Mangalanayagam, Nina and Mistry, Jyoti (2022) 'Perspectives: a round-table discussion on decolonial pedagogies'. Film Education Journal, (5) 1, pp 24-33.

Dovey, Lindiwe and Taylor-Jones, Kate (2021) 'The Asian-Asian Film Connection: Cross-Cultural Imaginaries, Shared Sources, Parallel Histories (introduction to special issue of same name)'. Open Screens, (4) 1.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2020) 'On Teaching and Being Taught: Reflections on Decolonising Pedagogy'. PARSE, (11), pp 1-26.

Dovey, Lindiwe (2018) 'Entertaining Africans: Creative Innovation in the (Internet) Television Space'. Media Industries, (5) 2, pp 93-110.

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

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

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 (2009) 'Subjects of exile: Alienation in Francophone West African cinema'. International Journal of Francophone Studies, (12) 1, pp 55-75.

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 and Taylor-Jones, Kate, (eds.), (2021) The Asian-African Film Connection: Cross-Cultural Imaginaries, Shared Sources, Parallel Histories. UK: Open Library of Humanities. (Open Screens).

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 (2020) '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.

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2020) 'Toolkit 5: Senegal on the Screen'. In: Dovey, Lindiwe, (ed.), Screen Worlds Toolkits. London: Screen Worlds, pp 1-10.

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

Dovey, Lindiwe (2015) ''Bergman in Uganda': Ugandan Veejays, Swedish Pirates, and the Political Value of Live Adaptation'. In: Hassler-Forest, Dan and Nicklas, Pascal, (eds.), The Politics of Adaptation: Media Convergence and Ideology. London: 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) '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 (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 (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'. In: Bradshaw, Graham and Neill, Michael, (eds.), 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. Amsterdam: 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'.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Dovey, Lindiwe and Thomas, Michael W. (2020) Reflections on Creating Film Toolkits to Decolonise Academia and the Film Industry.


Dovey, Lindiwe (2020) 'Screen Worlds Toolkit: The Story of African Film'.

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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