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, 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 2015, 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
Extract: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZXysvFPAU4

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)

Selected Conferences

  •  “La Blogosphère Afro-Parisienne: Entre Nouvelles Identités Françaises et Conscience Diasporique.” Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Annual Conference. London, UK. 17-18 November 2017.
  • “Engaging Afro-Frenchness Through Islam.” Europe’s Muslim Crisis Conference. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. 13-14 October 2017.
  • “1981-2007: Trente Ans De Production Médiatique De La Banlieue En France.” 15th Francophonie Summit. Dakar, Sénégal. 25-30 November 2014.
  • “Qawamoun et Daradja: L’Islam dans le Roman Féminin Sénégalais.” Louisiana State University. 2nd Annual French Studies Graduate Student Conference. Baton Rouge, LA. 7 March 2008.
  • “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.” The Southern Comparative Literature Association, 36th Annual Conference. Hilton Hotel, Baton Rouge, LA.  21 October 2010.

Courses Taught

502- Voir et Dire l’Autre : The Making and Representations of the ‘Other’ in French Popular Culture
416- A New Paris?: Post-terror Impacts on the City of Light
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- Introduction to French Culture
201/202- Intermediate French I and II

Department Member Since

2012