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My chapter in in Créer en postcolonie. Voix et dissidences belgo-congolaises 2010-2015, ed. by Sarah Demart and Gia Abrassart (2016), on display in the 'Afropea' room at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium. Photo: S. Arens, 2019.


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[In preparation] 
Science, Empire, and Nationhood: The Belgian Colonial Project (1830-1958)

[In preparation] Imagining Brussels: Memory and Diaspora in Francophone Fiction (under contract with Liverpool University Press, 2023).


Co-edited special issues 

• [Under peer-review ] Dix-Neuf, special issue on ‘Science and Culture after the Advent of Race’, with Julia Hartley (2022). 

• [In preparation] Social History of Medicine, special issue on ‘Ailing Empires: Medicine, Science, and Imperialism’, with Sam Goodman (2022). 

• Irish Journal of French Studies, special issue on ‘Revisiting the Grotesque in African Francophone Literatures’, with Joseph Ford (2020). 


• Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 6.2 (2015), with Kate Marsh and David Cummings. 

Peer-reviewed journal articles 

• ‘Killer Stories: “Globalizing” the Grotesque in Alain Mabanckou’s African Psycho and Leïla Slimani’s Chanson douce‘, Irish Journal of French Studies, 20 (2020): pp. 143–172.

• with Joseph Ford, ‘Introduction: Revisiting the Grotesque in Francophone African Literature’, Irish Journal of French Studies, 20 (2020): pp. 1–13. 

• ‘Memory in Crisis: Commemoration, Visual Cultures, and (Mis)representation in Postcolonial Belgium’, in ’The Global Crisis in Memory: Populism, Decolonisation and How We Remember in the Twenty-First Century’ special collection, ed. by Eva Spišiaková, Charles Forsdick, and James Mark, Modern Languages Open, 1 (2020). 

• ‘Narrating the (Post-)Nation? Aspects of the Local and the Global in Francophone Congolese Writing’, Research in African Literatures, 49.1 (2018), pp. 22–41. 

• ‘Les géographies transculturelles et postcoloniales: Bruxelles dans les écritures de Mina Oualdlhadj et de Pie Tshibanda’, Textyles: Revue des lettres belges de langue française, 47 (2015), pp. 159–174. 

• with David Cummings ‘Introduction: Memory/Amnesia and (Post)Colonialism’, Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 6.2 (2015), pp. 6–9. 

Book chapters


• [In press] ‘Cash Crops and Clichés: Agriculture and Contact Zones of Belgian Colonialism, 1930–1960’, in Central Africa and Belgium: Empire and Postcolonial Resonances, ed. by Pierre-Philippe Fraiture  (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2022)

• [In press] ‘The Problem with French and the World: Imagining the Province and the Global in Francophone African Fiction’, in African Literature as World Literature, ed. by Madhu Krishnan and Alexander Fyfe (London: Bloomsbury, 2022).

• ‘From Mobutu to Molenbeek: Belgium and Postcolonialism’, in Postcolonial Europe: Comparative Reflections after the Empires, ed. by Lars Jensen, Julia Suárez-Krabbe, Christian Groes-Green and Zoran Lee Pecic (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), pp. 163–176. 

• ‘De Mobutu à Matonge: la littérature contemporaine de la diaspora congolaise’, in Créer en postcolonie. Voix et dissidences belgo-congolaises 2010-2015, ed. by Sarah Demart and Gia Abrassart (Brussels: Africalia, 2016), pp. 225–232. 

Book reviews


• [Forthcoming] Review of Achille Mbembe, Out of the Dark Night: Essays on Decolonization, trans. by Daniela Ginsburg (New York: Columbia University Press, 2021), Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 12.2 (2021).

Review of Filippo Zanghi, Zone indécise: Périphéries urbaines et voyage de proximité dans la littérature contemporaine (Villeneuve d’Ascq: PU du Septentrion, 2014), French Studies, 69.4 (2015), p. 571. 

Review of János Riesz, Südlich der Sahara: Afrikanische Literatur in französischer Sprache (Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag, 2013), Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies 6.1 (2015), pp. 20–21.

Other publications

• 'The Problem with the Prophet: Review of Alain Mabanckou’s Black Moses’, Africa in Words Online Blog (2018).

• ‘(Peer-)Teaching Postcolonial Studies: Workshop at the University of Edinburgh’, Northern Postcolonial Network Online Blog (2016).

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