Dr. Stephen Bishop, Professor of Africana Studies and French at the University of New Mexico and Director of UNM’s International Studies Institute
Thursday, January 25th, 2024 – 4:00 p.m.
Botts Hall, Albuquerque Special Collections Library
423 Central NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102 (Central & Edith)
Dr. Bishop will discuss France’s postcolonial attempts to maintain economic, political, and even military influence across much of its former African colonial empire, how that influence has waned in recent decades, and the role China has played both in hastening France’s diminished influence and in establishing its own ascendant influence across the
continent. We will examine where and how France has managed to maintain good relations and where and how it has squandered such goodwill, and then compare China’s meteoric rise in the 21st century, including both praise for being a “Global South ally and role model” and criticism for being a “neo-colonialist hegemonic power.”
Dr. Stephen Bishop is Professor of Africana Studies and French at the University of New Mexico. He is also Director of UNM’s International Studies Institute and occasionally teaches in the Law School. He works primarily on African literature and culture in the areas of Law and Literature, comparative feminisms, and narratives of violence, as well as representations of shame, exemplified in his book Scripting Shame in African Literature (Liverpool UP).