International Studio Programme : November 2012

Manthia Diawara

Writer, filmmaker and cultural theorist

Manthia Diawara

Manthia Diawara is a writer, filmmaker, cultural theorist and a professor of comparative literature at the New York University (NYU), New York, NY, USA. He is Director of NYU’s Institute of Afro-American Affairs and Director of the Africana Studies Programme, which focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to the study of black culture, literature and politics. A native of Mali, Diawara received his education in France to later travel to the United States for his university studies. He has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara, CA, USA and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. He is the author of We Won't Budge: An African Exile in the World (2003), In Search of Africa (1998), Black-American Cinema: Aesthetics and Spectatorship (1993) and African Cinema: Politics and Culture (1992). He has published widely on the topic of film and literature of the Black Diaspora. Diawara also collaborated with Ngûgî wa Thiong’o in making the documentary Sembene Ousmane: The Making of the African Cinema, and directed the German-produced documentary Rouch in Reverse.