Patrice Nganang


My intellectual work covers scholarly activities, writing and essayistic interventions.

As a scholar, I investigate the diverse ramifications of violence, and I am particularly interested in what is commonly referred to as the "colonial archive" (pictures, books, instruments). I have published and lectured extensively on this topic. I have also published on numerous topics related to postcolonial African literature, theatres and cultures.

In my writing, my goal is to transform the city of my birth, Yaounde, into a library, to reconstruct the voices, smells, tastes and languages of people, animals and plants, in order to create a sense of that city in letters. For after all, one cannot return to the place of one's birth.

My essayistic interventions are, in an attempt to revive the poetry of the essay as a genre, a way through which I address the diverse issues that make it impossible for me to sleep, or when I wake up, to look at myself in a mirror without a little shame.


1998 Ph.D. Johan Wolfgang Goethe-University, Germany.

Appointed to Stony Brook in Cultural Analysis and Theory, 2007.

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Fall 2015

2015 CAT Colloquium

Wednesday, October 28th, from 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.

Humanities Institute room#1008


Speakers and Titles:


Professor E.K. Tan, “From Exile to Queer Homecoming: Chen Xue’s A Wife’s Diary (2012)"


Yalda Hamidi, “'Diasporic Literature as a Feminist Genre: Re-reading Persepolis and Reading Lolita in Tehran"

Co-Sponsored Events:







Kadji Amin published "'Blesser' le spectateur blanc américain: Les Nègres aux États-Unis, 1961-64 et 2003" in Études françaises.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship on SEX at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum for the 2015-16 academic year.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Humanities Institute at Stony Brook Faculty Fellowship for Spring semester of 2015 for the completion of his book, Queer Attachments.

Raiford Guins "Punk archaeologists" explain that they went looking for more than just video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill.  

Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.


Beth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

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        June 2015

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