Carnegie Mellon University

Mame-Fatou Niang

Mame-Fatou Niang

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies

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


I conduct research on contemporary France, Postcolonial and Transnational Studies, Media, and Urban Planning. My recent research examines the development of Afro-French identities, and the works of female writers of the banlieue. Her My work has appeared in edited volumes and academic journals such as Contemporary French Civilization and Présence Francophone. I am also a photographer and the co-author of a photo series on Black French Islam.

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.

Mariannes Noires (2016)



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 and Lectures

  •  “Blackness in French: Translating the Black Experience in the Hexagon.” Afro/Black France Symposium. Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. 27-28 April 2018.
  • “How Do You Say Blackface in French? Translating and Anchoring the Black Experience in the Hexagon.” Williams College, MA. 10 April 2018
  • “Mariannes Noires: Mosaïques Afropéennes.” University of Michigan, MI. 14 March 2018
  •  “Blackness in “Old World” Contexts: The Case of Ghana and France.” University of Pennsylvania, PA. 9 February 2018.
  •  “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.
  • “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

Mariannes Noires - Selected Screenings


-Official Selection: Festival International du Film Docu de Martinique Protéa "Les Révoltés de l'Histoire" Martinique, France. 21 Avr. 2018.

- Screening and Q&A: Journée Internationale de la Francophonie. Department of French and Italian, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA. 20 Mar. 2018.

- Screening and Q&A: University of Michigan, MI. 14 Mar. 2018

- Screening and Q&A: Le Gypsis, Marseille, France. 11 Mar. 2018.

- Screening and Q&A: French National Assembly, Paris, France. 8 Mar. 2018.

- Official Selection: Halifax Black Film Festival, Canadian Museum of Immigration, Halifax, Canada. 4 Mar. 2018.

- Screening and Q&A: Department Department of Gender and Women's Studies, University of California Berkeley. California, USA. 28 Fev. 2018.

- Screening: Black History Month Bordeaux - Cinema Utopia. Bordeaux, France. 22 Fev. 2018.

- Screening and Q&A: Department of Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, USA. 8 Fev. 2018.

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