Collaborative Research Group African Literatures

The Collaborative Research Group (CRG) African Literatures is a forum for interdisciplinary 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

We are a network of Europe-based Africanists and African scholars interested in African Literatures, in all forms.

We believe that 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.

Principle Aims

To foster a community of (interdisciplinary) scholars focused on literary production in and from Africa, and 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, and to fulfil an outreach capacity; to promote, share, and encourage engagement with works of African literature to a larger European public.



Join us

To join the African Literatures CRG, please send an email to: In your email, please state your name, title, institutional affiliation, and area/s of expertise


Elara Berthoresearcher in charge at Les Afriques dans le Monde (LAM),CNRS, Bordeaux, France.

Joanna Woods, doctoral candidate at Stockholm University, Sweden.

Sreya Mallika Datta, doctoral candidate at Leeds University, UK.



Shola Adenekan (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Grace Musila (Wits University, South Africa) 

Abdoulaye Keita (Dakar, Senegal) 

Joseph Oduro-Frimpong (Cape Town, South Africa)

Maëline Le Lay (CNRS, France)

Dorothée Boulanger (Oxford University, UK)

Markus Arnold (Cape Town University, South Africa)

Ninon Chavoz (Université de Strasbourg)

Nicklas Hållén (Karlstad University, Sweden)

Ashleigh Harris (Uppsala Universtiy, Sweden)

Stefan Helgesson (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Madhu Krishnan (University of 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, Fr.)

Cécile van den Avenne (Paris, Fr)

Catherine Mazauric (Université Aix Marseille, Fr.)

Aurores Desgranges (Université Lyon)

Tina Harpin (Université de Guyane, France)

Tamsir Djibril Niane (Conakry, Guinea)

Florian Alix (Université Sorbonne, Fr.)

Patrick Lumasia (Rhodes University, SA)

Marjolaine Unter Ecker (Université Aix Marseille, France)

Xavier Garnier (Sorbonne Nouvelle, France)

Jade Munslow Ong (University of Salford, UK)

Sanja Nivesjö (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Amadou Oury Diallo (Université de Zinguinchor, Senegal)

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 (University of Malawi Malawi; Oxford University, UK)

Tasnim Qutait (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Kate Wallis (University of Exeter, UK)

Russell West-Pavlov (Universität Tübingen, Germany)

Ruth Wenske Stern (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 

Karen Lauterbach (Copenhagen University, Denmark)

Astrid Rasch (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)

Megan Fourqurean (University of Leeds, UK)

Tinashe Mushakavanhu (University of Oxford, UK)

Bodil Folke Frederiksen (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Talktome Sandile (South Africa)

Cecile Dolisane-Ebosse (University of Yaounde, Cameroon)

Sam Durrant (University of Leeds)

Brendon Nicholls (University of Leeds, UK)

Marta Tveit (University of Oslo, Norway)

Indiana Lods (Université de Dijon, France)

Melanie Joseph-Vilain (Université de Bourgogne, France)

Mathilde Rogez (Université de Toulouse, France) 

Lotte Pelckmans (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Alena Rettova (University of Bayreuth)

James Mackay

Marie Pernice (France)


Calls for.. and Upcoming Events 

Please do get in touch and let us know if there are calls or events that we can feature here on the African Literartures CRG page. You can contact us via email:



Upcoming events:
African Literatures CRG first virtual meet-and-greet on Zoom, Friday 02 September, 10:00-13:00 CET (9:00 -12:00 GMT +1 and UTC +1) 

European Conference on African Studies (ECAS9), 'African Futures' - Cologne, 31 May - 03 June 2023

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Past events:
Association pour l'étude des littératures africaines (APELA), virtual conference on the theme “Activismes et esthétiques queer dans les littératures africaines” ("Queer Activisim and Aesthetics in African Literature"), 22-24 september, 2021. More information:

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Publications resulting from African Literatures CRG activities and/ or key publications by the CRG members are listed here: