Carnegie Mellon University

Mame-Fatou Niang

Mame-Fatou Niang

Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Address Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
160 Baker Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

I conduct research on contemporary France, Sub-Saharan Africa, Francophone female writers, Postcolonial and Transnational Studies, Media, and Urban Planning. My recent research examines the development of Afro-French identities, and the works of second- and third-generation female immigrant writers of the banlieue.

In 2016, I co-directed a documentary entitled “Mariannes Noires: Mosaïques Afropèennes” in which Seven Afro-French women investigate the pieces of their mosaic identities, and unravel what it means to be Black and French, Black in France.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzMgy7QMcGU
Teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4KQ5xugo8wI

Education

Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Recent Publications

  • "Être ou ne pas Être Charlie: Conversations avec de Jeunes Habitants de la Grande Borne." The Impossible Subject of Charlie Hebdo. Eds. Catherine Rassiguier and Mayanthi Fernando. Contemporary French Civilization. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2016. 319-334. (Refereed)
  • "Espaces Réels et Espaces Révés dans Trames de Gerty Dambury." Sexe, Genre et Trauma dans la Caraïbe Francophone. Ed. Gladys M. Francis. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2016. 135-152. (Refereed)
  • "Des Rodéos des Minguettes à Charlie Hebdo: Trente-cinq ans de Production Médiatique des Banlieues en France ." Genre et Diversité : Les Enjeux de la Représentativité dans les Médias. Ed. Ibrahima Sarr . Dakar: CESTI, 2016. (Refereed)
  • "La Cité Des Enfants (Perdus): La Grande Borne Ou les Dérives D’une Utopie Urbaine." Banlieues Françaises 2005-2015. Paris: Revue Urbanités. Oct 2015. (Refereed)

Conferences

  • « 1981-2007: Trente Ans De Production Médiatique De La Banlieue En France » 15th Francophonie Summit. Dakar, Sénégal. 25-30 November 2014.
  • « Black Paris – Paris Noir » American Comparative Literature Association. 29th Annual Conference at NYU. NYC, NY. 20-23 March 2014.
  • « Reformulations of Blackness in 21st-century France » American Comparative Literature Association. 28th Annual Conference. Toronto, Canada. 4-7 April 2013.
  • « Mapping the Body: Spatial Identity in Djebar’s La femme sans sépulture and Bessora’s 53 cm.»

Courses Taught

502- Voir et Dire l’Autre : The Making and Representations of the ‘Other’ in French Popular Culture
415- From the 1889 Paris Exposition to Charlie Hebdo: Cross-Cultural Encounters in French Society
415- Paris between Myths and Realities
415- The City in French and Francophone Literatures
305- French in its Social Context
304- Le Monde Francophone
303- French Culture
201/202- Intermediate French I and II

Department Member Since

2012