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Aboubakar Sanogo

Assistant Professor

Phone:613-520-2600 x 2346
Office:432 St. Patrick’s Building
In The News:  press coverage related to Professor Sanogo’s recent visit to Toronto to speak at the opening of the show:  Ousmane Sembène: In The Face of History which ran February 5-13 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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Aboubakar Sanogo received in MA (2001) and Ph.D. (2009) in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. His doctoral dissertation is the first comprehensive examination of the history of documentary film in Africa in the colonial era. He is also currently Undergraduate Supervisor in Film Studies at Carleton University.

His recent interests include African cinema, documentary, world cinema, colonial cinema, cinephilia and the relationship between film form, history and theory. His writings in both academic and journalistic outlets have appeared in Framework Journal, Ecce Journal (in Japanese), The Africa Report, and Ecrans d’Afrique/African Screen.  He is currently working on publishing his dissertation, and preparing a monograph on the cinema of Med Hondo.

Aboubakar Sanogo is also the founder of the Carleton University World Cinema Forum which seeks to study national, regional, continental and global film cultures, institutions, stakeholders and debates with the ultimate goal of establishing Carleton as a major destination for the study of World Cinema.

He is also affiliated with the Institute of African Studies at Carleton where he has contributed to the launch of the Institute and its activities. He is currently preparing a pilot summer study abroad project which will involve taking students of Carleton to study both Burkinabe and African cinema in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (the home of African cinema), in partnership with Gaston Kabore’s Imagine Institute.

Prior to coming to Carleton University, Aboubakar Sanogo taught in the US and in Europe in such universities as Georgetown University, American University, the University of Paris I (La Sorbonne-Pantheon), the University of Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle) and the University of Paris VII (Denis Diderot).

In addition to teaching, Aboubakar Sanogo is also a film curator and has curated film programs at such institutions as the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and at the Pan African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in Burkina Faso where he was Delegate General of a parallel section of the festival called Guilde’s Week.

He has been awarded fellowships and visiting scholarships from the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Iowa and the Ford Foundation.

He has been interviewed by such media outlets as the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, the BBC, TV5 Monde, CTV News, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post.


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“Colonialism, Visuality and the Cinema: Revisiting the Bantu Educational Kinema Experiment” in Empire and Films, eds. Lee Grieveson and Colin McCabe. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011: 227-245

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“Regarding Cinephilia and Africa” in Framework, vol 50, nos 1&2, spring &fall 2009: 226-228


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Smithsonian Institution (National Museum of African Art), three major film series : “ Great African Films of the 90s’ (1998), The Cinema of Cote d’Ivoire (1999) and South African Cinema: Past, Present and Future” (1999)

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Smithsonian Institution (Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage): “Malian Cinema on the Mall”  (2003)