SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dr Marie Rodet

DIPPOL (Rennes), PhD (Vienna)
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Marie Rodet
Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Senior Lecturer in the History of Africa

Centre for Global Media and Communications

Associate Member

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies


Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies


Centre for Gender Studies


Centre of African Studies

Management Committee Member

Resilience in West African Frontier Communities

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Dr Marie Rodet
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My principal research interests lie in the field of modern gender and migration history in francophone West Africa. My current research offers a historical overview of emancipation strategies in the context of the end of slavery in Africa. I analyse how slave resistance, rebellions and mobility disrupted supposedly fixed relations of gender and power hierarchies leading to complex renegotiations for kinship, marriage, religious practices and, more generally, for notions of belonging in Mali and Senegal.



Gender History; History of Slavery and Emancipation; Migration History; Legal History.


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Regional Expertise
  • Africa
Country Expertise
  • Mali
  • Senegal
  • French
  • German


Authored Books

Rodet, Marie (2009) Les migrantes ignorées du Haut-Sénégal, 1900-1946. Paris: Karthala.


Rodet, Marie and County, Brandon (2018) 'Old homes and new homelands: imagining the nation and remembering expulsion in the wake of the Mali Federation’s collapse'. Africa: Journal of the International Africa Institute, (88) 3, pp 469-491.

Declich, Francesca and Rodet, Marie (2018) 'Introduction: (re)thinking migration memories and diasporic practices from the perspective of the African continent'. Africa, Journal of the International Africa Institute, (88) 3, pp 443-451.

Rodet, Marie (2015) 'Historical Perspectives on Marriage, Migration, and Family Networks in the Region of Kayes, Mali'. Revue Europeenne des Migrations Internationales, (31) 1, pp 39-55.

Rodet, Marie (2015) 'Escaping Slavery and Building Diasporic Communities in French Soudan and Senegal, ca. 1880–1940'. International Journal of African Historical Studies, (48) 2, pp 363-386.

Rodet, Marie (2014) 'Forced Labor, Resistance, and Masculinities in Kayes, French Sudan, 1919–1946'. International Labor and Working-Class History, (86), pp 107-123.

Rodet, Marie and Reinprecht, Christoph (2013) 'Editorial: Mémoires et migrations en Afrique de l'Ouest et en France'. Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales, (29) 1, pp 7-22.

Rodet, Marie (2013) 'Listening to the History of Those Who Don’t Forget'. History in Africa, (40) s1, pp 27-29.

Rodet, Marie (2011) 'Sexualité, mariage et esclavage au Soudan français à la fin du dix-neuvième siècle'. Clio: Histoire, femmes et société, (1) 33, pp 45-64.

Rodet, Marie (2011) 'Islam, pluralisme juridique et relations de genre dans les ‘tribunaux indigènes’ du Soudan français, 1900-1925'. Outre-Mers. Revue d’histoire, (99) 370/371, pp 173-183.

Rodet, Marie and Razy, Elodie (2011) 'Les migrations africaines dans l'enfance, des parcours individuels entre institutions locales et institutions globales'. Journal des Africanistes, (81) 2, pp 5-48.

Rodet, Marie (2011) 'Notes sur la captation de la main-d'oeuvre enfantine dans la région de Kayes, Mali (1904-1955)'. Journal des Africanistes, (81) 2, pp 49-60.

Rodet, Marie (2010) 'Mémoires de l’esclavage dans la région de Kayes: Histoire d’une disparition'. Cahiers d’études africaines, special issue: Jeux de mémoires 197, pp 263-291.

Rodet, Marie (2010) 'Abschaffung der Sklaverei und Geschlechterverhältnisse in der Region Kayes, Französisch-Sudan (1890-1920)'. Periplus: Jahrbuch für außereuropäische Geschichte, 20: Sklaverei und Postemanzipationsgesellschaften in Afrika und der Karibik, pp 263-272.

Rodet, Marie (2009) '‘Le délit d’abandon de domicile conjugal’ ou l’invasion du pénal colonial dans les jugements des ‘tribunaux indigènes’ au Soudan Français (1900-1945)'. French Colonial History, pp 149-167.

Rodet, Marie (2009) 'Administration et villes coloniales: refuges pour les femmes? Kayes, Soudan français, (1900-1920)'. Revue Sextant, 25: Colonialismes, pp 13-27.

Rodet, Marie (2009) 'Genre, migration et réseaux familiaux au Haut-Sénégal, 1907-1950'. Revue Diasporas, 11: Etrangères, pp 25-36.

Rodet, Marie (2009) 'Gender und Migrationskontrolle in der Region Kayes, französischer Sudan (1900-1946), zur Regulierung der gesellschaftlichen und wirtschaftlichen Ordnung'. Politix, 25: Political Economics, pp 36-38.

Rodet, Marie (2007) 'Genre, coutumes et droit colonial au Soudan français (1918-1939)'. Cahiers d’Études Africaines 187-188, pp 583-602.

Rodet, Marie and Vince, Natalya and Goerg, Odile (2007) 'Introduction: Shifting Gendered and Colonial Spaces in Africa'. Stichproben. Wiener Zeitschrift für kritische Afrikastudien, (12), pp 1-11.

Rodet, Marie (2006) 'C’est le regard qui fait l’histoire. Comment utiliser des archives coloniales qui nous renseignent malgré elles sur l’histoire des femmes africaines'. Terrains et Travaux, (10), pp 18-35.

Rodet, Marie (2004) 'Frauen im Spannungsfeld des "Droit colonial" in Afrique Occidentale Française. Zwei Fallbeispiele aus der Region Kayes, Soudan Français (1918 und 1938)'. Stichproben, (7), pp 89-105.

Edited Books or Journals

Rodet, Marie and Declich, Francesca, (eds.), (2018) Migration memories and diasporic practices. Africa, Journal of the International Africa Institute.

Becker, Felicitas and Cabrita, Joel and Rodet, Marie, (eds.), (2018) Religion, Media, and Marginality in Modern Africa. Athens, USA: Ohio University Press.

Rodet, Marie and Razy, Elodie, (eds.), (2016) Children on the Move in Africa. Past and Present Experiences of Migration. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer; James Currey.

Reinprecht, Christoph and Rodet, Marie, (eds.), (2013) Mémoires et migrations en Afrique de l'Ouest et en France. Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales.

Goerg, Odile and Rodet, Marie and Vince, Natalya, (eds.), (2007) Fracturing Binarisms: Gender and Colonialisms in Africa. Stichproben. Vienna Journal of African Studies.

Book Chapters

Rodet, Marie and County, Brandon (2018) 'Genre, génération et contrôle de la circulation des personnes entre le Mali et le Sénégal à l’heure de Modibo Keita (1959-1968)'. In: Gomez-Perez, Muriel, (ed.), Femmes d'Afrique et émancipation. Entre normes sociales contraignantes et nouveaux possible. Paris: Karthala, pp 343-369.

Haustein, Joerg (2018) 'Provincializing Representation: East African Islam in the German Colonial Press'. In: Becker, Felicitas and Cabrita, Joel and Rodet, Marie, (eds.), Religion, Media, and Marginality in Modern Africa. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, pp 70-92.

Rodet, Marie and Tiquet, Romain (2018) 'Reforming State Violence in French West Africa: Relegation in the Epoch of Decolonization'. In: Carpenter, Nathan Riley and Lawrance, Benjamin N, (eds.), Africans in Exile: Mobility, Law, and Identity. Indiana University Press, pp 118-144.

Rodet, Marie (2017) 'Gender and the End of Slavery in the Region of Kayes, French Soudan: The Sams’ Court Cases (1925-1926)'. African Slaves, African Masters: Politics, Memories, Social Life. Trenton: African World Press, pp 59-80.

Rodet, Marie and Razy, Elodie (2016) 'Introduction: Child Migration in Africa: Key Issues & New Perspectives'. Children on the Move in Africa. Past and Present Experiences of Migration. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer; James Currey.

Rodet, Marie and Tiquet, Romain (2016) 'Genre, travail et migrations forcées sur les plantations de sisal du Sénégal et du Soudan français (1919-1946)'. In: Mandé, Issiaka and Guerassimoff, Eric, (eds.), Le travail colonial. Engagés et autres mains-d’oeuvre migrantes dans les empires 1850-1950. Paris: Riveneuve, pp 353-381.

Rodet, Marie (2014) 'Le Sous-Lieutenant Mansouka (c.1860-1920) : Un parcours d’esclave affranchi entre rébellion et allégeance au temps de la conquête coloniale française en Afrique.'. Résistances et mémoires des esclavages. Espaces arabo-musulmans et transatlantiques. Paris: Karthala.

Rodet, Marie (2014) '“I ask for divorce because my husband does not let me go back to my country of origin with my brother”: Gender, Family, and the End of Slavery in the Region of Kayes, French Soudan (1890 – 1920)'. Sex, Power, and Slavery. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, pp 182-202.

Rodet, Marie (2013) 'Gender, Migration, and the End of Slavery in the Region of Kayes, French Soudan'. In: Bellagamba, Alice and Greene, Sandra E. and Klein, Martin A., (eds.), African Voices on Slavery and the Slave Trade. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 319-329.

Rodet, Marie (2012) '"Under the Guise of Guardianship and Marriage": Mobilizing Juvenile and Female labor in the Aftermath of Slavery in Kayes, French Soudan, 1900-1939'. In: Roberts, Richard L. and Lawrance, Benjamin N., (eds.), Trafficking in Slavery's Wake: Law and the Experience of Women and Children in Africa. Athens: Ohio University Press.

Rodet, Marie (2010) 'Continuum of Gendered Violence: The Colonial Invention of Female Desertion as a Customary Criminal Offense, French Soudan, 1900-1949'. In: Burrill, Emily and Roberts, Richard and Thornburry, Elizabeth, (eds.), Domestic violence and the law in colonial and postcolonial Africa. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, pp 74-93.

Rodet, Marie (2010) '‘Le Commandant a refusé catégoriquement de me redonner mes femmes’. Genre, émancipation des esclaves et migration au Soudan français (1900-1914)'. In: Cottias, Myriam and Cunin, Elisabeth and de Almeida Mendes, Antonio, (eds.), Les traites et les esclavages: perspectives historiques et contemporaines. Paris: Karthala, pp 235-247.

Rodet, Marie (2008) 'Missing Migrants: The Absence of Women in the History of Rural-Rural Migrations from French Sudan to Senegambia (1900-1932)'. In: Zack-Williams, Alfred B. and Udogu, Emmanuel I., (eds.), African Mosaic: Political, Social, Economic and Information Technologies Issues in the New Millennium. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp 152-166.

Rodet, Marie (2008) 'Réglementation et contrôle de la circulation des personnes en Afrique occidentale française (1900- 1945): les femmes seraient-elles passées entre les mailles du filet?'. In: Green, Nancy L. and Poinsot, Marie, (eds.), Histoire de l’immigration et question coloniale en France. Paris: La Documentation française, pp 233-238.

Rodet, Marie (2008) 'Migrants in French Sudan: Gender Biases in the Historiography'. In: Afolabi, Niyi and Falola, Toyin, (eds.), Trans-Atlantic Migration: The Paradoxes of Exile. New York: Routledge, pp 165-181.

Rodet, Marie (2007) 'Disrupting Masculinist Discourse on African Migration: The Study of Neglected Forms of Female Migration'. In: Baker, Charlotte and Norridge, Zoë, (eds.), Crossing Places: New Research in African Studies. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp 28-38.

Book Reviews

Rodet, Marie (2010) 'Review of Aili Mari Tripp, Isabel Casimiro, Joy Kwesiga and Alice Mungwa eds, 'African Women’s Movements. Changing Political Landscapes''. Revue Française de Sciences Politiques, (60) 3.

Rodet, Marie (2007) 'Review of Benjamin N. Lawrance, Emily Lynn Osborn and Richard L. Roberts eds, 'Intermediaries, Interpreters, and Clerks. African Employees in the Making of Colonial Africa''. Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines 187-188.

Rodet, Marie (2007) 'Review of Bernard Durand and Martine Fabre, eds. (2005) 'Le Juge et l’Outre-mer. Vol. 1: Phinée le devin ou les leçons du passé''. Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines 187-188.


Rodet, Marie (2014) 'The Diambourou: Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes - Mali'.


Rodet, Marie (2016) 'Slavery: West Africa'.

Rodet, Marie (2014) 'Beyond the Postcolonial: Video Art from Africa'.


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