Ramon A. Fonkoué

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Assistant Professor of French and Cultural Studies, Humanities

  • PhD, University of Oregon

Biography

Dr. Ramon A. Fonkoué's scholarship and teaching focus is on French Language, Francophone, and African Studies in general with an emphasis on cultures and cultural contacts. His research analyzes the contribution of Caribbean and African writers and critics to cultural studies and literary theory. His interests include the relationship between subjectivity, nation building and the canon, the environmental novel, postcolonial and film theories, artistic expressions of multiethnic France, and the French novel of WW II. His current works explore the status of the subject; questions of agency in the postcolonial and the postmodern spheres; and discourses on humanism.

He has a book in progress that explores agency and ethics in the contemporary French Caribbean novel.

He recently designed a new course on African cinema that discusses African and postcolonial film theory, examines the representation of Africa through audio-visual media, and explores current issues in the continent.

Recent Publications

  • Book Chapter: “What is a Politics of Amnesia? Unsettled Memory and Elusive Nation in Cameroon”. Living Africanity: Identities, Performance, and Homelands in Africa and the African Diaspora, Cambria Press Inc., edited by Professor Toyin Falola and Dr Danielle Sanchez. Forthcoming.
  • “En attendant la nation à venir : essai sur l’imaginaire de l’Etat en Afrique”. Terroirs. Revue africaine de sciences sociales et de philosophie. Paris : Karthala, Spring 2015. In-print.
  • Fonkoue, R. A., Cheng, J. S. C. S., "“Primitivist Empathy”. Translation of Carlo Severi's 'L'empathie primitiviste '." Art in Translation (online). Claudia Heide, (Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, March 2012), 4 (1). Read More
  • “De l’insularité à la globalité : subjectivité et discours humaniste chez Édouard Glissant”. Francophonies d’Amérique No 33, Spring 2013.
  • “Edouard Glissant face à l’histoire: de l’urgence «insulaire» à l’éthique du tout-monde”. L’urgence. Revue Ad hoc – No 2, Spring 2013, Rennes, France
  • “L’écriture antillaise et le procès de l’histoire: Pour une nouvelle grammaire de l’héroïsme.” Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, Vol. 28 No. 1 Spring 2013
  • “Rupture esthétique et dissidence: les enjeux de l’historiographie littéraire aux Antilles.” The French Review, Vol. 86. No 2, December 2012
  • “Voix de femmes et figures du mâl(e) en littérature francophone : Nicole Brossard et Maryse Condé.” Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, Vol. 25 No.1, Spring 2010

Grant

  • Research Excellence Fund (REF) – Scholarship & Creativity Grant. Title of Grant proposal: “Nation Without Monuments: Toward an Epistemology of Historied Amnesia in Postcolonial Cameroon”, Michigan Tech, Spring 2013

Presentations

  • “Le héros sassinien : une lucidité toute sisyphienne ?”. Colloque International Williams Sassine n’est pas n’importe qui, Centre des Sciences de la Littérature Française, Université de Paris Nanterre, May 16-17, 2014.
  • “The Ethics of transnationalism in the French Caribbean thought”. The University of Texas Africa Conference: African Diasporas: Old and New. Austin, April 3-6, 2014.
  • Du projet de l’État-nation à l’État sans nation au Cameroun”. Contested National Identities: An Interdisciplinary Symposium. Huron University College, October 16-18, 2013.
  • “Memory and Amnesia in Postcolonial Cameroon”. 39th annual international conference of the African Literature Association. Charleston, South Carolina, March 2013.
  • “Construire le sujet antillais: réflexions sur un nouvel héroïsme.” University of Buea, May 2012.

Current Research

  • Nation Without Monuments: Toward an Epistemology of "Historied" Amnesia in Postcolonial Cameroon
  • Subjectivity, Ethics and the Longing for Nationhood in the French Caribbean

Recent Courses

  • Fall 2014: French Language and Culture (HU 3271); Business French (HU3275)
  • Summer 2014: Literature Across Borders (online) (HU3545)
  • Spring 2014: Postcolonial Theory and Literary Theory (HU 6050); Modern Language Seminar: Technology in Literature and Film (HU 4273)
  • Fall 2013: French Language and Culture (HU 3272); Topics in French and Francophone cultures (HU 3262)