Collaborative Research Group African Literatures

The Collaborative Research Group (CRG) African Literatures is a forum for exchange and for engaging and opening channels between African literary studies and African Studies, to promote African literature as a discipline within the larger spheres of the humanities and the social sciences. By creating a forum within the structures of AEGIS where scholars can come together and discuss research, ongoing projects and potential future collaborations, the CRG African Literatures aims to provide an infrastructure for sustaining conversation and collaboration between scholars in Europe and Africa working broadly on African literary culture/s. In order to achieve this aim, the CRG African Literatures is open to institutional participation and individual membership of African literary scholars working within or outside AEGIS member organisations.


About Us

The study of African literatures contributes to the broader study of Africa and has the potential to challenge, complicate, and enrich our understanding of African Studies in unique ways, from unique historical, methodological and analytical perspectives.

General Aims

· To foster a community of scholars focused on literary production in and from Africa.

· To facilitate the sharing of information on African literary projects, events, and conversations within Europe and across Africa.

· To make visible the study of African literatures within the European African Studies sphere.

· To nuance the reach of AEGIS as a network.

· To promote collaboration between Europe-based Africanists and African scholars.

· To contribute to knowledges of African literatures.

· To fulfil an outreach capacity; to promote, share, and encourage engagement with works of African literature to a larger European public.



The activities of the CRG will include:

· Bringing together panels focused on interdisciplinary approaches to African literary cultures during the biennial European Conference on African Studies (ECAS). This will provide the main setting for developing research collaborations, sharing research, and planning future meetings, events and publications.

· Networking in-between the ECAS gatherings. The CRG African Literatures members will organise at least one symposium or workshop each year.

· Members aim to engage in joint publication endeavours. Ideas for joint publication may be fostered through research papers presented at ECAS or shared at symposiums/ workshops organised by the CRG.

· The CRG coordinators will set up and foster social media profiles in order to maintain regular communication among members. The digital space will allow the CRG to share ideas, conversations and initiatives with some ease. Social media platforms will enable us to connect among ourselves but it will also allow us to connect with other parties/ individuals beyond the immediate CRG network.

· The CRG will provide a port-of-call for interested external parties. It aims to foster a platform for outreach and to develop activities that engage in current initiatives and wider public conversations around literary culture/s in Africa.

· The CRG will pool resources in order to build a network that can work on different grant applications and funding opportunities within the European Union.

Join us

Send an email to: Please state your name, title, institutional affiliation, and area/s of expertise


Elara Bertho, CNRS, Bordeaux, France:

Elara Bertho is a researcher in charge at Les Afriques dans le Monde (LAM), Bordeaux. Elara’s main research interests are in Francophone literature in Africa, especially in Niger and Guinea, and literature in Hausa. Elara’s doctoral project (2013-2016) at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris was based on postcolonial memory and figures of African resistance in literature and the arts. Elara has published widely on literary cultures in Africa.

Joanna Woods, Stockholm University, Sweden:

Joanna Woods is a doctoral candidate at Stockholm University. Her current research focuses on contemporary southern African speculative fiction in English. Previously, Joanna was based at the University of Malawi; she has published work on Malawian poetry, as well as on contemporary southern African literature more recently. Joanna is Communications Editor for Africa in Words – a blog that focuses on cultural production and Africa.

Sreya Mallika Datta, Leeds University, UK:

Sreya Mallika Datta is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Leeds. Her research explores conceptualisations of “community” in Nigerian Literature. She has

publications in Postcolonial Text and Wasafiri Magazine. She is the co-organiser of the ‘Finding Africa’ Seminar Series at the University of Leeds, and Postgraduate Representative of the Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS).



Shola Adenekan (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Grace Musila (Wits, South Africa)

Abdoulaye Keita (Dakar, Senegal)

Joseph Oduro-Frimpong (Cape Town, SA)

Maëline Le Lay (CNRS, France)

Dorothée Boulanger (Oxford, UK)

Markus Arnold (Cape Town, SA)

Ninon Chavoz (Université de Strasbourg)

Nicklas Hållén (Karlstad, Sweden)

Ashleigh Harris (Uppsala, Sweden)

Stefan Helgesson (Stockholm, Sweden)

Madhu Krishnan (Bristol, UK)

Sandra Bornand (CNRS, France)

Sylvère Mbondobari (Université Bordeaux, Fr.)

Pierre Leroux (Paris, Fr)

Maria Zirra (Stockholm, Sweden)

Alice Chaudemanche (Paris, Fr.)

Maria Benedita Basto (Université Sorbonne)

Cécile van den Avenne (Paris, Fr)

Catherine Mazauric (Université Aix Marseille)

Aurores Desgranges (Université Lyon)

Tina Harpin (Université de Guyane, France)

Tamsir Djibril Niane (Conakry, Guinea)

Florian Alix (Université Sorbonne, Fr.)

Patrick Lumasia (Rhodes, SA)

Marjolaine Unter Ecker (Université Aix Marseille)

Xavier Garnier (Sorbonne Nouvelle, France)

Jade Munslow Ong (Salford, UK)

Sanja Nivesjö (Uppsala, Sweden)

Amadou Oury Diallo (Université de Zinguinchor)

Romuald Fonkoua (Université Sorbonne, Fr)

Claire de Bertrand de Beuvron (Université Aix Marseille, France)

Hassan Mbiydzenyuy Yosimbom (Cameroon; SA)

Anouchka Stevellia Moussavou Nyama (Université Aix Marseille, Fr.)

Asante Mtenje (Zomba, Malawi; Oxford, UK)

Tasnim Qutait (Uppsala, Sweden)

Upcoming Events

APELA , 22-24 september, 2021,, Berlin Humboldt, “Activismes et esthétiques queer dans les littératures africaines”

Workshop next year (2022) - To be arranged

ECAS9 in Cologne, 31 May - 03 June 2023: African Futures

Online sources and journals

Etudes littéraires africaines