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Some Black History in Canada

Posted by lamacs On February - 21 - 2019

Dr. Serdar Tunçer

Posted by lamacs On February - 8 - 2019


Serdar Tunçer holds a Ph.D. in Communications and Public Relations from the University of Istanbul. His thesis mobilizes storytelling methodology and discourse analysis of crisis communications. He is currently an Associate Researcher in Residence at the University of Ottawa’s Audiovisual Media Lab for the study of Cultures and Societies (AMLAC&S). His is working on cross-cultural narratives of Turkish immigrants and refugees in Canada. Dr. Serdar Tunçer has over 15-years of international consulting experience Communication and Marketing.

Women in the Promised Land: Essays in African Canadian Histoiry

Posted by lamacs On February - 8 - 2019

Women in the “Promised Land” places African Canadian women’s lived experiences, identities, and histories at the centre of Canada’s past. This collection of original research edited by leading scholars in the field encourages readers to interrogate the idea of Canada as a “Promised Land” by examining the rich and varied history of African Canadian women.

The nine chapters span the early 1830’s of slavery through to the late twentieth centuries of activism. This interdisciplinary collection draws on existing research from cultural studies, literary studies, communications, and visual culture to reframe familiar figures in African Canadian women’s history, such as feminist Mary Ann Shadd and civil rights activist Viola Desmond, in the wider African diaspora.

This invaluable text sheds light on questions of the past, present, and future in the field, and is best suited for undergraduate courses in women’s studies, African studies, sociology, and history.

“Guided by the adage ‘the half has never been told,’ the editors and contributors have combed the field of Black women’s history and have presented to us a collection that is rich and textured.… The research for this collection is remarkable, the analyses coherent, and the individual stories fundamental. Women in the ‘Promised Land’ is a welcome addition to the study of Black women’s history. The editors must be commended for having the vision to make this outstanding work come to light.”  (Afua Cooper, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dalhousie University)

“We have all been waiting for quite some time for this dynamic collection of new essays in African Canadian women’s history. Broaching topics such as slavery and visual culture, temperance, labour, and civic leadership, this book makes a key contribution to African Canadian history. It will surely attract a robust general audience.” (Barrington Walker, Department of History, Queen’s University_

Dr. Mebometa Ndongo, Ph.D.

Posted by lamacs On July - 26 - 2017

Dr. Mebometa Ndongo is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University – Institute of African Studies (Ottawa) since July 2010, Professor (APTPUO) and Visiting Researcher in the Department of Geography, University of Ottawa since 2015, and a consultant in international development. Dr. Ndongo Mebometa is Academic Chair in the Permanent Secretariat of the International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization in Canada, China and African countries within the triangular cooperation framework (iccasu.org). He has published in scholarly journals with peer review, while being evaluator in several others. Expanded to PPGIS – Public Participatory Geographic Information Systems, his areas of expertise include Urban development, Global dynamics, Institutional building, Structural environment, Operational learning, Global/Local governance, Social innovation, Sustainability, Development evaluation, and Programed governability. A specialist in urban studies, Urbanology, Dr. Mebometa Ndongo has studied in depth how the interior aspects of a country and exterior to its territory can contribute to the urban development of Africa. Dr. Ndongo holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Urban Planning from l’Université de Montréal and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Entitled: L’intervention de la Banque Mondiale et la reconfiguration institutionnelle au niveau local: analyse de huit projets de développement urbain au Sénégal (1972-2006) [The World Bank intervention and the local institutional reconfiguration: analysis of eight urban development projects in Senegal (1972-2006)], his thesis obtained the mention: Excellent.

Born in Mboma, a remote village situated in Eastern Cameroon, Mebometa Ndongo has always been fascinated by the city, which he has been studying since 1985. For him, it constitutes a potential and an opportunity for development, as well as a constraint and a menace to development. An Urban Technician, graduate of the National Advanced School of Public Works at Yaoundé, he was a public servant in the Cameroon government administration. In Cameroon, his native country, he participated in the elaboration of urban planning documents and in the production of an urban database, thereby contributing to the enhancement of the French and Belgium cooperation in Cameroon. Over the last 25 years in Cameroon and Canada, Mebometa Ndongo has studied, served in the public service, undertaken research, consulted and taught subjects relating to globalization, to cities, to urbanization and urban development, especially of and for Africa. He has great experience in international development, having offered at SETYM International and at l’École nationale d’administration publique (Québec-Canada) and Oxfam seminars to African and Caribbean senior administrators and to different international actors, with a focus on governance, decentralisation and reduction of poverty, through a constructive criticism of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Objectives framework. He is an active advocate of triangular cooperation, North-South-Diasporas as well as a critical analyst of African geopolitical issues such as Anglophone and Francophone development cooperation, and inclusive Globalization.

Pape Mody Sy

Posted by lamacs On January - 11 - 2016

Mody Sy Pope was a Researcher in residence at LAMACS in 2014. A Research-Teacher and PhD student at the University Gaston Berger of Saint-Louis (Senegal),and a Associate member of  GRADIS (A research group on discourse analysis). His research focuses on the articulation of “alterity” and “hybridity” in cultural performances in the Francophone Black Africa cinemas.

Dr. Sanou Palm Valentine

Posted by lamacs On July - 15 - 2015


Our 2015 Researcher in Residence is Dr. Valentine SANOU PALM. Dr. Sanou Palm holds a PhD in Semiotics, Literature and Film Studies. She is part of the teaching and researcher team of the Doctoral School Humanities and Communication (LESHCO), Language Laboratory, Speech and Artistic Practices (LaDiPA), in the Department of Literature, Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Communication (UFR/LAC) at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Her research focuses on issues of semiotic transfers and theory of  adaptation and cultural transfer in  oral tradition, writing and cinema.

Decentering Canadian History Studies

Posted by lamacs On July - 10 - 2015

For many Canadians, the history of African-Canadians is limited to the Underground Railroad. It’s a history that some historians are working to expand upon. Boulou Ebanda de B’Béri, professor of Communication and Cultural Studies at the University of Ottawa, and co-editor of “The Promised Land: History and Historiography of the Black Experience in Chatham-Kent’s Settlements and Beyond,” joins The Agenda in the Summer to discuss his efforts to move African-Canadian history out of the margins. Watch Prof. Boulou Ebada de B’béri’s interview with Piya Chattopadhyay here.

Osée Kamga

Posted by lamacs On July - 10 - 2015

Osée Kamga, Ph.D., is a specialist in communication and international development. For 15 years now, Dr. Kamga has been working on the issues of uses of digital technologies to foster social changes in Africa. His field of interest encompasses the strategies of penetration and expansion by international communication corporations, changes in national regulatory systems to meet globalization imperatives, as well as the modes of appropriation and uses of digital technologies in the developing world. His research approach is well at the confluence of the political economy of international communications and the cultural studies. Kamga’s recent publications include the following items:

The Promised Land Project Final Report (2007-2012)

Posted by lamacs On October - 2 - 2014


Fethi Mansouri, Boulou Ebanda de B’béri, Eds. (Routledge Research in Comparative Politics), Routledge, 2014

Multiculturalism is now seen by many of its critics as the source of intercultural and social tensions, fostering communal segregation and social conflicts. While the cultural diversity of contemporary societies has to be acknowledged as an empirical and demographic fact, whether multiculturalism as a policy offers an optimal conduit for intercultural understanding and social harmony has become increasingly a matter of polarized public debate.

This book examines the contested philosophical foundations of multiculturalism and its, often controversial, applications in the context of migrant societies. It also explores the current theoretical debates about the extent to which multiculturalism, and related conceptual constructs, can account for the various ethical challenges and policy dilemmas surrounding the management of cultural diversity in our contemporary societies. The authors consider common conceptual and empirical features from a transnational perspective through analysis of the case studies of Australia, Canada, Columbia, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, comparative politics, international studies, multiculturalism, migration and political sociology.

Product Details
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Routledge (June 2 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0415740304
ISBN-13: 978-0415740302

Boulou Ebanda de B’béri, Nina Reid-Maroney, Handel Kashope Wright (Editors)

Coming this summer University of Toronto Press 2014

With a prologue by Afua Cooper

Eschewing the often romanticized Underground Railroad narratives that portray Southern Ontario as the welcoming destination of Blacks fleeing from slavery, The Promised Land reveals the Chatham-Kent area as a crucial settlement site for an early Black presence in Canada. The contributors present the everyday lives and professional activities of individuals and families in these communities and highlight early cross-border activism to end slavery in the United States and to promote civil rights in the US and Canada. Essays also reflect on the frequent intermingling of local Black, White, and First Nations people. Using a cultural studies framework to their collective investigations, the authors trace physical and intellectual trajectories of blackness, which have radiated from Southern Ontario to other parts of Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Africa. The result is a collection that represents the presence and diffusion of blackness and inventively challenges the grand narrative of History, especially Canadian history.

Le Verbe au cinéma

Posted by lamacs On January - 23 - 2014

Un essai, politique, sur l’oralité dans un corpus de films d’Afrique noire francophone de 1950 à 2000. Dans un langage clair, l’auteur illustre comment dans les sociétés de l’écriture, le texte engagerait l’Homme et que cette écriture aurait imposé un genre, un style et des modes de production de sens qui sont propres à ces sociétés de l’écriture d’où, par exemple, la naissance du langage cinématographique formalisé. Ainsi il se demande ce qui arriverait à une analyse de film calquée sur ce langage dont les articulations discursives ne sont pas nécessairement en adéquation avec la mysticité de la parole qui, elle, engagerait véritablement l’Homme en Afrique noire? Qu’arrive-t-il à l’analyse quand l’image d’une parole détourne le sens prescrit dans les modes opératoires du langage cinématographique des sociétés de l’écrit ? Comment le cinéma, à travers la technique audiovisuelle, devient-il une technologie par excellence capable de nous faire voir la nature mystique et culturelle de cette parole ?

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Melissa Joy Gavin

Posted by lamacs On October - 29 - 2011

M.A. Communication

Melissa Joy Gavin’s current research interests include: transnational
cinema, film sound and (re) articulations of post-traumatic memory.
AMLAC’s Communications Coordinator for the 2012 Promised Land Project
Symposium: Claiming the Promise A retrospective on African Canadian
History and the 2011 International Symposium on Multiculturalism:
Reframing multiculturalism for the 21st century’s realities.

Serge Banyongen

Posted by lamacs On June - 23 - 2011

Serge Banyongen holds a PH.D. in Political Sciences and Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Ottawa. He is a journaliste by profession and an auteur of several peer-reviewed articles and two books: “La communication des Institutions de Bretton-Woods en Afrique (Éditions universitaires européennes) and the  “Rôle et responsabilité des acteurs africains dans les relations sino-africaines” ( l’Harmattan, Press). Dr. Banyongen teaches the topics of organisational  and media studies at the University of Ottawa. His research deals with he topics of Communication Crisis, Public Communication and  Communication in the Digital Age.

Pierre Ndoumaï

Posted by lamacs On February - 14 - 2011

Pierre Ndoumaï is doctor in Patristics at the University of Saint-Paul in Canada. He teaches patristics and the history of Christianity at the University of Acadia (Campus of
Montreal). In addition to historical Christianity, his research focuses on African and intercultural studies. He is associated with the Audiovisual media lab for the study of cultures and society (AMLAC&S). He is the author of two books: On ne naît pas noir, on le devient. Les métamorphoses d’une idéologie raciste et esclavagiste, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2007 and Indépendance et néocolonialisme en Afrique. Bilan d’un courant dévastateur. Paris. L’Harmattan. 2011.