Amadou T. Fofana

Amadou T. Fofana

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies

-- Willamette University
HWL Affiliation: Conference Participant, Emerging Network, Visiting Faculty Fellow
Year Visiting: 2015 to 2016

Professor Fofana's work at Duke will include examining the role of mobile cinema (Cinema Numerique Ambulant or CNA)­ in social change. Through funding from NGO's CNA occupies the awkward position of "promoting" Western hegemonies while concurrently endeavoring to bring messages of self-determination to the village audiences in francophone West Africa.  He will work with Cultural Anthropology Professor Charlie Piot, with Romance Studies / History Professor Laurent Dubois, and with members of the Center for French and Francophone Studies.

He is also planning to develop a web-based resource for an undergraduate course on African Cinema that uses insights from history, geography, political science, anthropology, philosophy, literature, film, and the arts to provide students with essential intellectual building blocks for a more comprehensive understanding of the African continent.

In addition he has received funding from Humanities Writ Large to develop a documentary, in partnership with Joshua Gibson in Art, Art History & Visual Studies, on African Cinema.


Cinéma Numérique Ambulant and Social Change in Francophone West Africa
Emerging Networks
"Humanities at Large" Visiting Faculty Fellows Conference March 23-24, 2017
Visiting Faculty Fellow


2015-16 Visiting Faculty Fellows
2015-16 Visiting Faculty Fellows
-- May 21 2015
2015-16 Visiting Faculty Fellows The Humanities Writ Large Steering Committee has selected four Visiting Faculty Fellows for the 2015-16 academic year.  They are: Max Gabriel Cherem, Assistant... Read More


Humanities Writ Large word cloud
HWL Fellows - Review & Preview
-- Jan 21 2016 - 11:45am
At this open and informal lunch, the 2015-2016 Humanities Writ Large Visiting Fellows briefly present and discuss their digital project work: their project goals, what they accomplished and learned... Read More
"SenCinema" and Sembene's "Black Girl"
"SenCinema" and Sembene's "Black Girl"
-- Apr 2 2018 - 7:00pm
Film Screenings: "SenCinema" (directed by Josh Gibson & Amadou Fofana; edited by Jim Haverkamp 2018, 34 min, USA, in English, Color, DCP) If the movie theatres have closed down and there is no... Read More