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Forester News

African cinema expert visits campus

University of Wisconsin-Madison Associate Professor of French Studies Vlad Dima visited campus on October 31 to speak about his specialty, African cinema, and, specifically, its depiction of soccer.

Dima first visited Assistant Professor of French Tessa Sermet’s FREN 338 class, Cinéma Français, where he introduced students to francophone African cinema and talked about Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene. Afterward, Dima delivered his talk “Football and Materiality in African Cinema” in Meyer Auditorium, a lecture hosted by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Mojekwu Fund, and the Department of African American Studies.

Dima’s research focuses on francophone cinema, new wave French cinema, cinema/television studies, Quebec novel, and zombies. His first book is entitled Sonic Space in Djibril-Diop Mambety’s Films (Indiana University Press, 2017) and his forthcoming monograph The Beautiful Skin: Football, Fantasy, and Cinematic Bodies in Africa will be published in 2020 (Michigan State).