Safoi Babana-Hampton

Director, producer, executive producer, writer, videographer, Humanities Without Walls Consortium Senior Project PI, Michigan State University

Dr. Babana-Hampton is an Associate Professor of French in the department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. Her primary areas of teaching and research are the comparative study of 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literature and film with a special interest in representations of the postcolonial condition in the French-speaking world, theories of narrative, representation and inter-art dialogue as they relate to questions of gender, memory and the modern notion of agency. She is the author of a number of studies relating to conceptions of multicultural citizenship, historical memory, interfaith relations and artistic hybridity in the cultural and cinematic productions of French cultural minorities of North African origin, Moroccan Sephardic literature and other Francophone literary and filmic narratives from North Africa and Québec. She is a former recipient of the Fulbright scholarship and a member of several professional associations including the Modern Language Association and the Conseil International d’études Francophones.  She filled the roles of producer, executive producer, scriptwriter and co-director of the award-winning documentary feature Hmong Memory at the Crossroads | Mémoire hmong à la croisée des chemins.  A production of Michigan State University in partnership with the UIUC Humanities Without Walls award, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation (2015).

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