Baobab tree.
Baobab at the cemetery in Fadiouth, Senegal.

Dr. Stern regularly presents and publishes on contemporary francophone literature, sociology of the author, and performative authorship.


Selected recent research presentations and publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles:
“Disidentifying African Authors at a French Writers’ Festival: Mabanckou and Miano at Étonnants Voyageurs.” Forthcoming (2018) in special issue of Research in African Literatures.

“Performing the Immigrant: The Works of Calixthe Beyala and Fatou Diome.” Paroles gelées. Volume 28 Number 1 (2014). 79-96.

African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 16-18 November 2017.“Francophone Visibility and Book Festivals on the African Continent”

Digital Africas Symposium, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 12-14 October 2017. “Digital Obsolescence? Abandoned Blogs in the Francophone Literary Field”

Conseil international d’études francophones, Université des Antilles, Martinique, 26 June-2 July 2017. “Complicités littéraires dans le champ littéraire francophone contemporain: Sami Tchak et Anada Devi.”

African Literature Association, Yale University. 14-17 June 2017. “Between France and Me: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Alain Mabanckou.”

The Performance of Pan-Africanism: From Colonial Exhibitions to Black and African Cultural Festivals, Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Florida State University, 20-22 October 2016. “Disidentifying African Authors at French Literary Festivals.”

Conseil international d’études francophones, Saly-Portudal, Sénégal; 23-29 May 2016. “Un retour aux sources? Les imaginaires géographiques d’Alain Mabanckou dans Lumières de Pointe-Noire et Petit Piment.”

Haitian Studies Association, Montreal, QC; 22-25 October 2015. “Troubling Identities: The Performative Authorship of Dany Laferrière.”

 African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN; 20-23 November 2014. “Authentic Performances: Léonora Miano’s Reconstruction of the Past in La saison de l’ombre.

Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, IL; 9-12 January 2014. “Critic, Creator, Curator: Three Francophone African Writers and Authorial Presence on the Web.”

African Studies Association Annual Meeting , Philadelphia, PA; 29 November 2012. Panel Chair: “Blurred Lines: Permeable Frontiers in Francophone African Literature, Film, and Music. Title of Paper: “Writing at the Borders of the Text: The Performative Authority of Alain Mabanckou.”

Book Reviews:
Review of Branding the Beur Author: Minority Writing and the Media in France, 1983-2013, by Kathryn A. Kleppinger. H-France Review. Vol. 17 (July 2017), No. 114.

Review of Je suis la fille du baobab brûlé, by Rodney Saint-Éloi. Littérature canadienne/Canadian Literature. No. 226 (Autumn 2015). 155-56.

Review of Dance Circles: Movement, Morality, and Self-Fashioning in Urban Senegal, by Hélène Neveu Kringelbach. Études littéraires africaines. No. 40 (2015). 240.