George Joseph, HWS professor of French and Francophone Studies, recently published an article “Les Griots du Kayor, ont-ils un discours abstrait sur la pédagogie?” in a collection of essays titled “The Histories, Languages and Cultures of Western Africa: Interdisciplinary Essays,” edited by Akura Sarr and others.
The volume is intended to reflect an exchange between American and West African scholars specializing in West Africa. Joseph studies the pedagogical statements of Wolof griots in Senegal that he collected in a series of field interviews.
Joseph, who joined the faculty in 1986, holds a bachelor's from Oberlin College and his master's and doctorate from the University of Indiana. He also holds a Certificat des literatures d'Afrique et de Madagascar from the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Sénégal.