Bio

Dr. Bojana Coulibaly is the African Language Program Manager at Harvard. She was a College Fellow in African Literary and Cultural Studies at the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard between 2019 and 2021. Prior to joining Harvard, she was a Fulbright recipient and a teaching and research scholar in Comparative Literature at Gaston Berger University in Senegal. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Orleans-Tours and specializes in African language acquisition, the promotion of African languages, postcolonial, gender, critical race, genre and trauma theories, with an emphasis on contemporary African literature. Her current book project focuses on Wolof literature as a form of “ideopraxis” in the Senegalese cultural liberation struggle. It examines, through a comparative and diachronic perspective, how Wolof literature represents a new national and transnational literary tradition through a revisiting of the use of the metropolitan language, i.e. French, as the sole medium of expression. It looks at the evolution from the early literature of assimilation published in French to the birth of a new literary democratized and culturally liberated tradition since the nineteen-seventies. This project inscribes itself in a larger debate on African modernity and on the challenges brought forward against the civilizing mission of the European colonial project of modernization. In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Coulibaly is the managing editor of EJO Editions, publishing house specialized in literature written in Wolof, and other Senegalese national languages.