Through his recent scholarly work published this spring, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies Kanaté Dahouda added two significant contributions to the body of literature on francophone studies.
In collaboration with Professor Selom K. Gbanou of University of Calgary in Canada, Dahouda co-edited the book, “Enjeux identitaires dans l’imaginaire francophone” (2013), a text of multidisciplinary book analyses released by German publisher Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.
Featuring analytical writings by francophone scholars on literary figures such as Dany Laferrière, Maryse Condé, Hubert Aquin, Aimé Césaire, Léopold Sédar Senghor and Aïcha Bouabaci, the newly published text explores ways in which these authors’ aesthetic imaginaries serves as modes of remembering and remaking of colonial and postcolonial identities.
In addition, Dahouda has recently worked with experts in francophone studies to publish the yearly journal L’Année Francophone Internationale 2012-2013.
Included in the journal is an article by Dahouda that examines the ways in which residents and the government of the Republic of Ivory Coast dealt with both political and economic challenges, as well as social and cultural issues during 2011 and 2012. In the same article, Dahouda discusses how post-election debates and on-going internal conflicts in the country are stifling the quest for national reconciliation and causing fear and mistrust among the civilian population.
A member of the Colleges’ French Department since 2001, Dahouda holds a Ph.D. in francophone comparative literatures and cultures from Laval University in Quebec, Canada. As a scholar, he has co-authored and been a contributor to numerous essays and articles in scholarly journals, academic volumes, anthologies, dictionaries and reviews, including Québec français, Dictionnaire des Oeuvres Littéraires du Québec (VII) (Quebec, Canada), Présence francophone (USA), Francofonia (Spain), International Journal of Canadian Studies (Ottawa, Canada), Tangence (Quebec, Canada), Neohelicon (Hungary), Présence Africaine (Paris), L’Année Francophone International (France-Quebec), and Nouvelles Etudes Francophones (USA).
His field of teaching extends to Francophone literatures, cultures and societies, which spans the province of Quebec, the French Caribbean, and Africa. His research interests focus on the intersection of language, the practice of Diaspora, memory, exile, violence and identity, with particular emphasis on literatures and cultures from Francophone Quebec/Canada, the Caribbean, and Africa.