Franco-American Collection

Emmanuel Kayembe Ph.D

Postdoctoral Research Associate for Franco-American Studies
Emmanuel Keyembe

Office Location

310 A-Wing Science Building



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in French Language and Literature, University of Cape Town, 2011
  • M.A., Latin and French, Université de Lubumbashi, 2009 (cum laude)


Emmanuel K. Kayembe received his Ph.D. in French Language and Literature from the University of Cape Town and his Master in French and Latin from the University of Lubumbashi. He was the recipient of the Golden Key International Honour Society Award for his outstanding achievement at the University of Cape Town in 2012. Former Research Fellow at the American Council of Learned Societies (Carnegie Corporation, New York, 2012), he served as a Senior Lecturer and a Teaching Assistant respectively at the University of Lubumbashi and at the University of Cape Town, before joining the University of Botswana, where he taught French Language, Literature and Culture including the North American Francophonie as a Lecturer and then as a Senior Lecturer from 2013 to 2017. He specializes in Global Francophonie and Comparative Literature. He received research and educational grants from the Institute of International Education (IIE, New York), the Francophone University Agency (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, Paris), the French Institute of South Africa (Johannesburg), and the American Council of Learned Society (New York). In 2008, he was invited as a researcher at the University of Melbourne (Australia). He has been involved in several collaborative research projects about French language and Francophone literatures and cultures across the world (Université de Lorraine, University of Johannesburg, University of KwaZulu-Natal at Pietermaritzburg, Université Laval, University Dunărea de Jos, etc.). He is a member of the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques (Québec), the Association pour l’Étude des Littératures Africaines (France), the Modern Language Association, the Conseil International d’Études Francophones, the American Association of Teachers of French, etc.

Research Interests

  • French as a Foreign Language
  • Global Francophonie (America, Africa, and Europe)
  • North America Francophonie (New England, Midwest, and Louisiana)
  • Francophone Literatures
  • French Literature, Sociology of Literature (Pierre Bourdieu, Jacques Dubois, Jérôme Meizoz)
  • Comparative Literature, Phenomenology of Perception (Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger)
  • Identity Questions and Postcolonial Studies (Frantz Fanon, Jacques Derrida, Édouard Glissant, Homi Bhabha)
  • Classics

Recent Publications

Apart from having extensively published on Francophone literatures and cultures, he is the author of a book on the Francophone writer Pius Ngandu, Professor at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge: L’Œuvre de Pius Ngandu Nkashama dans le champ littéraire africain (2012). His most recent publications include: "Écrivain africain et langue d’écriture: entre utopie et réalité", in Francophonie et francophilie littéraire, Paris: Karthala, 2022; "Francophone immigration and questions of identity in New England", in French All around Us. French Language and Francophone Culture in the United States, Paris/New York: CALEC, forthcoming in early 2022.