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http://www.egs.edu Manthia Diawara, Malian writer, cultural theorist and filmmaker, talking about the Senegalese poet and politician Leopold Senghor's critique of African art. In this lecture, Manthia Diawara discusses objective négritude in relation to the concept of art criticism, vital force in African literature and art, the movement of négritude in African politics, Francophone Africa, performance art in relation to museum art and the oral tradition of literature in relationship to Leopold Senghor, Frantz Fanon, Jean-Paul Sartre, Camara Laye and Sundiata Keita focusing on the centrality of masks and the trumpet in African art, the concept of committed art, assimilation, decolonization, The Epic of Sundiata, L'Enfant Noir, travelling griots and African music. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012. Manthia Diawara. Manthia Diawara, Ph.D., (born 1953 Bamako, West Africa) is a writer, cultural theorist, film director and professor of comparative literature of Malian origin. After studying in Bamako, he went on to pursue studies in literature in France but completing his doctorate in 1985 at Indiana University in the United States, where he currently resides. Having taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara the University of Pennsylvania, Manthia Diawara went on to become a professor of comparative literature and cinema at New York University where he also heads the Department of African Studies and the Institute of African American Affairs. He teaches summer intensive courses at the European Graduate School and is the founder of the publishing house "Black Renaissance". Manthia Diawara has produced and directed several documentaries, among them "Sembène Ousmane: The Making of African Cinema" (1994, in collaboration with Kenyan writer Ngûgî wa Thiong'o), "Rouch in Reverse" (1995) and Bamako Sigi-Kan (2003), an intimate look at his hometown. He has also written extensively on film and literature of the Black Diaspora. Some of his writings include African Cinema: Politics and Culture (1992), Black American Cinema: Aesthetics and Spectatorship (1993), In Search of Africa (1998), We Won't Budge: An African Exile in the World (2004), Bamako-Paris-New York (2007) and African Film: New Forms of Aesthetics and Politics (2010).

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