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Reader in the History of Africa, SOAS, University of London

While working on the social history of West Africa, the main point of my academic work over the past fifteen years has been to recover and re-interpret the experiences of female migrants and (formerly) enslaved populations during the significant changes in Mali from the end of the 19th century. Starting with a specific micro history of the Kayes region within the framework of my PhD dissertation, this allowed me to undertake the re-exploration of such concepts as migration, mobility and diaspora in West Africa, from a gender and subaltern perspective. I have subsequently published my monograph Les migrantes ignorées du Haut-Sénégal, 1900-1946 (2009) and produced documentary film The Diambourou: Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes – Mali (2014) (, as well as more than fifteen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters which relocate West African historical scholarship in a non-gender-biased and non-elite centric dynamic, with a special focus on subaltern resistance and agency. My latest production is a webdocumentary entitled "Bouillagui: A Free Village" (2020) available here:


  • –present
    Reader in the History of Africa, SOAS, University of London


    School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, African History