Boulou Ebanda DE B'BÉRl


Boulou Ebanda DE B'BÉRl
Full Professor, Department of Communication

1996 – Certificate in Creative Writing (Film production), Université du Québec à Montréal
1998 – BA in Film Studies, Université de Montréal
1999 – MA in Film Studies, Université de Montréal
2003 – PhD in Communication (Cultural Studies), Concordia University

DMS, 55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 10156

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 3826

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Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

Founding-Director, Audiovisual Media Lab for the study of cultures and societies

Office: 507, 70 Laurier.
Telephone: 613-562-5800, ext. 2985
E-mail: -

Ongoing funded research

(1) Rhyzomic Practices of Identity in Indy Cinemas: A Comparative Analysis. This research focuses on the articulations of cultural and racial identity, represented in ‘indy’ films produced in Canada, Australia, and South Africa; focusing specifically on particular cultures or identity-group formations that have faced various forms of colonialism. (SSHRC: 2007-2010)

(2) Historical Amnesia: The Promised Land. The Promised Land Project is a cultural and historical investigation, focusing on the contribution of 19th-century black pioneers’ in Chatham and Dawn settlements; and the role this multicultural group of blacks played to end slavery and for Civil Rights in Canada, the United States and abroad (SSHRC: 2007-2012)

Selected publications


de B'béri Boulou Ebanda, Nina Reid-Maroney and Handel Kashope Wright (Eds.) The Promised Land Project: History and Historiography of the Black Experiences in Chatham-Kent and Beyond. Toronto/Buffalo/London: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Fethi Mansouri, Boulou Ebanda de B'béri (Eds.) Global Perspectives on the Politics of Multiculturalism in the 21st Century. London/New York: Taylor Francis (Routledge Research in Comparative Politics), 2014.

de B'béri Boulou Ebanda, Le “Verbe” au cinéma (Essai sur l'épistémè de l'oralité dans les films d'Afrique noire francophone. 1950/2000)  Berlin/Douala/Vienne: AfricAvenir/Exchange & Dialogue, 2013

DE B’BÉRI BOULOU EBANDA (2006) Mapping Alternative Expressions of Blackness in Cinema. Bayreuth (Germany): Bayreuth African Studies Series 80. 250pp.

Edited volumes

de B'béri Boulou Ebanda & Eric Louw (Eds.) The Afropessimism Phenomenon. CRITICAL ARTS. Vol. 25(3) Routledge/UNISA, 2011

DE B’BÉRI BOULOU EBANDA (2010, Sous la direction de :) Les ‘Cultural Studies’ dans les mondes francophones : Précisions, imprécisions, conceptualisations. Ottawa : Les Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa.

DE B’BÉRI BOULOU EBANDA (2006) (Series Editor). Introduction to Media Studies: A Reader. Toronto: Oxford University Press (628pp).

DE B’BÉRI BOULOU EBANDA (Sous la direction de), Écritures dans les cinémas d’Afrique noire, in CINÉMAS, Vol. 11(1). 2000. (180pp).

Contribution in book chapters

DE B’BÉRI BOULOU EBANDA, “Les ‘Cultural Studies’ dans les mondes francophones: Précisions, imprécisions, conceptualisation” in Boulou Ebanda de B'beri, Les ‘Cultural Studies’ dans les mondes francophones. Ottawa : University of Ottawa Press, 2010.

Margareth Cormier, DE B’BÉRI BOULOU EBANDA, «Usage et rappropriation contextuel du téléphone mobil à Port-au-Prince» dans Boulou Ebanda de B’béri, “Les ‘Cultural Studies’ dans les mondes francophones: Ottawa : University of Ottawa Press, 2010, (pp.169-200)

DE B’BÉRI BOULOU EBANDA “Old/New Media” with an “Introduction and Study Guide” in Introduction to Media Studies: A Reader. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2007 (pp. 79-166)

DE B’BÉRI BOULOU EBANDA “Media, Culture and Society” with an “Introduction and Study Guide” in Introduction to Media Studies: A Reader. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2007 (pp. 435-556)

DE B’BÉRI BOULOU EBANDA, “Intermedial Location of Meaning in Muna Moto: A Metalanguage of Cultural Discourse” in Alexie Tcheuyap (ed.) Cinema and Social Discourses in Cameroon, Bayreuth (Germany): African Studies Series (69), 2005 (pp. 62-83).


DE B’BÉRI BOULOU EBANDA, “Transgeographical Practices of Marronage in some African Films: Peck, Sissako and Téno, the New Griots of New Times? ” in Meaghan Morris & Handel K. Wright (Guess Eds.) Transnationalism and Cultural Studies. Cultural Studies, London/New York: Routledge. Vol. 23 (5-6), 2009 (pp. 810-830).

DE B’BÉRI BOULOU EBANDA and MICHAEL AUDETTE-LONGO. "Key Concepts in the Work of Arnold Shepperson: Representing Communication and Collaboration" in Critical Arts. (Keyan G. Tomaselli, Ed.).  Vol. 23 (2). Routledge/UNISA:  London (UK)/ Petroria (South Africa), 2009 (pp.153-170)

DE B’BÉRI BOULOU EBANDA and PETER HOGGART, “White America’s Construction of Black Bodies: The Case of Ron Artest as a Model of Covert Racial Ideology in the NBA’s Discourse” in Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, London/New York: Routledge, Vol.2 (2), 2009 (pp. 89-106)

DE B’BÉRI BOULOU EBANDA AND RUTH MIDDLEBROOK, “The Paradox of National Identity: Region, Nation, and Canadian Idol” in Special Issue in Reality/Television, (J. Bruce, Guest Editor) Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 34 (1), 2009 (pp.25-40)
DE B’BÉRI BOULOU EBANDA, “Peter Ives on Gramsci’s Politic of Language”, in Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 33 (2), 2008(pp.319-337).

DE B’BÉRI BOULOU EBANDA, “Africanicity in Black Cinema: A Conjunctural Ground for New Expressions of Identity” in Cultural Studies in Africa / African Cultural Studies. Cultural Studies, London: Routledge. Vol. 22 (2), 2008 (pp. 188-209).

DE B’BÉRI BOULOU EBANDA, “The‘Semeiotic’of Africanicity in Gaston Kaboré’s Buud Yam” in Burkina Faso : Emerging Literature and Artistic Creation (Amadou Bissiri, Salaka Sanou, Hein Wilemse, Eds.). TYDSKRIF VIR LETTERKUNDE. Vol. 44(1), South Africa: University of Pretoria Press, 2007 (pp.98-109)

Creative activities

2001: DIRECTOR/PRODUCER. Looking for my Pygmalion: Memories, 52-mns. Poetical-documentary about the question of being Black in Québec.

1996: ARTISTIC-DIRECTOR. Tue-Tête (4-mn. Fiction, 16mm.) The choice of a teenager facing a dilemma: life or hard-drugs).

1995: AUTHOR AND DIRECTOR. La Petite vie d'une bouteille (5-mn. Fiction). La tragique vie d’une bouteille vue par la bouteille. (The life and the feeling, how is like to be a bottle.)

1994: DIRECTOR - EDITOR. Moi et Mon Moi (8-mn. fiction), An exploration of the rationalized thoughts of an interned schizophrenic teenager.

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