Women’s Writing of French-speaking West Africa, in translation II (May – June 2022)

The study abroad course enables students to study a selected topic in African Studies with a Carleton professor in an African country (or countries) in which the professor carries out research. The students also learn from experts on the topic in the African country (or countries). The course is also available at the graduate level with the course code AFRI 5100.

This hybrid course will introduce students to contemporary women’s writing of French-speaking West Africa. Through the study of a graphic novel about growing up in 1970s Abidjan, a parable woven around the 2013 Ebola outbreak, the story of one woman’s journey to selfhood, and a sharp critique of post-Independence Senegalese society, we will examine some of the diverse issues West African women writers have been grappling with over the last several decades.

While the primary texts were originally published in French, we will be studying them in their English translation. However, students have the option of reading the works in the original French. While not a typical Study Abroad course in African Studies, this year’s iteration will nonetheless include experiential elements such as virtual visits of geographical sites and interaction with individuals “on the ground”.

In addition, at least one of the writers whose work we are studying will join us for a session as a special guest.

In order to register, you will first need to submit a statement of interest that includes your name, program, year of study, any university-level literature courses you have taken, and why you would like to enrol in the course to africanstudies@carleton.ca and  Christine.Duff@carleton.ca with the subject “AFRI 3100/5100 statement” by April 1st, 2022.

View Past Study Abroad Courses

2021 – Women’s Writing of French-speaking West Africa, in translation 

2020 – Inequality: Cape Town, South Africa (Cancelled)

2019 – Social Media and Youth Cultures in a Changing Continent, Nairobi, Kenya (Cancelled)

2018 – Social Media & the Public Sphere in Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)

2017 – Migration Lives and Livelihoods in South Africa

2016 – The Challenges of Addressing Global Inequalities in Health through the lens of HIV/AIDS (Malawi)

2015 – The Challenges of Development and Democracy in Africa (Ghana).

2014 – The Evolution of the Media in Post-Genocide Rwanda (Rwanda)

2013 – African Music in Culture ( University of Ghana at Legon and West African Cultural Exchange Centre in Dagbamete, Ghana)

2012 – African Cinema on Location (Institut Imagine, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)
African Cinema on Location featured in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Newsletter FASSinate

2011 – Health and Healthcare in post-Apartheid South Africa (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban)