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.
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.
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, 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:
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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.
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Routledge (June 2 2014)
The Promised Land: History and Historiography of the Black Experience in Chatham-Kent’s Settlements and Beyond
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.
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’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 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 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.
BA Communication and Sociology
Yvette Lubrun was instrumental in the design and maintenance of the first interation of the lab’s website.
Co-op Student, BA in Communication
During his internship at the Lab, Peter edited many audiovisual documentaries for to the Conversation Series.
MA Political Science & Women’s Studies, Research Assistant
Emilie Jabouin conducts research for the lab on memory and the question of gender for the organization of conferences and projects.