Boubacar Boris Diop

Licence of Communication & Licence of Philosophy, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal


Assistant Professor of Creative writing and African literature
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Boubacar Boris Diop holds degrees in three fields (Literature, Philosophy and Journalism) from Cheikh Anta Diop university.

In September 2008, he took up his post as Visiting Professor in the Department of French at Rutgers University where he held a seminar on “Writing between two languages: the case of the African francophone writer”.  This followed an earlier seminar on “Afropessimism, its present-day relevance and potential dangers” in 2004 in the same department, illustrating its literary aspects with examples from authors such as V.Y. Mudimbé and Ahmadou Kourouma.

In 2014 he taught at ETH, a Swiss Federal University in Zurich ;and from 2011 to 2014 Wolof language and literature at Gaston Berger university in Senegal.

In November 2012, he was Guest of Honour of the International Translators' College in Arles. His submissions and the discussions they provoked form partially the subject of the annual edition of the journal of this institution.

In April 2017, he was the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the African Literature Association (ALA) at Yale. There, he gave a lecture entitled “Being a francophone African writer today”.

As a journalist, Diop was the director of the independent Senegalese daily ‘Le Matin’, ; he also collaborated with the Zurich daily ‘’Neue Zürcher Zeitung’’ and the Italian weekly ‘’Internazionale’’.

Diop has received numerous awards for his literary work including the Grand Prix des Lettres of Senegal and more recently, in April 2019, the Stellhof Award for Literary Excellence at Dickinson university, Pennsylvania.
AUN Courses
  • Introduction to Creative writing
  • Creative writing non-fiction
Research Interests