GAFIS Symposium

Graduate Association of French and Italian Students




Keynote Address: "The Skin of Blackness and the Cinema of Nakedness"

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Naminata Diabate, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University, as our Keynote Speaker for the 2018 GAFIS Symposium! 

A scholar of sexuality, race, biopolitics, and postcoloniality, Professor Diabate's research primarily explores African, African American, Caaribbean, and Afro-Hispanic literatures, cultures, and film. 

"My current teaching and research interests focus on forms of gendered, sexual, and racialized agency in a variety of cultural products (oral tradition, narrative film, documentary, literary fiction, autobiographies, and social media). These explorations of practices and filmic and literary texts in Malinke, French, English, and Spanish take the trans African context as their points of departure to make broader contributions to transnational reflections on questions of agency and resistance."

Her latest publications include "The Cinematic Language of Naked Protest," (Critical Interventions, 2017), "Genealogies of Desire, Extravagance, and Radical Queerness in Frieda Ekotto's Chuchote Pas Trop," (Research in African Literatures, 2016), and "Women's Naked Protest in Africa: Comparative Literature and Its Futures," (2016). Her monograph, Naked Agency: Genital Cursing and Biopolitics in Africa, is forthcoming and currently Diabate is working on the book: African Sexualities and Pleasures under Neoliberalism