Brian Valente-Quinn
Assistant Professor

HUMN 317


Brian Valente-Quinn (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) specializes in the literature and drama of Sub-Saharan Francophone Africa. His research focuses on African theater and performance, with a theoretical interest in the fields of Cultural and Performance Studies. Professor Valente-Quinn’s current book project explores reworkings and innovations of the theatrical stage space and performance practices in Senegal from the colonial era to the present. His documentary film, Bamba, the Taste of Knowledge (co-directed with Gino Canella), is part of this larger project and examines the use of the popular stage space in the religious and cultural life of the Muridiyya of Senegal.
Professor Valente-Quinn leads a CU global seminar called “Cultures of Activism in Dakar, Senegal.” This Maymester course takes students on an immersive experience in Dakar, and includes a theatrical presentation in collaboration with local forum theater company Kaddu Yaraax. 


  • "Sur les traces de Bamba Mos Xam: l'invention du théâtre mouride," Continents Manuscrits, no. 13, Nov. 2019.
  • “African Performance and Experimental Traditions.” Experimental Literature. A Collection of Statements, edited by Jeffrey R. Di Leo and Warren Motte, JEF Books/ Depth Charge Publishing, 2018, pp. 211-216.
  • "Infrastructures of Utopia: Ruination and Regeneration of the African Future" (with Ferdinand De Jong), Africa, vol. 88, no. 2, May 2018, pp. 332-351.
  • “Critical Standards of African Art” (by Léopold Sédar Senghor, translation and introduction). African Arts, vol. 50, no. 1, Spring 2017, pp. 10-15.
  • "Staging Culture: Senghor, Malraux and the Theatre Programme at the First World Festival of Negro Arts." The First World Festival of Negro Arts, Dakar 1966, edited by David Murphy, Liverpool UP, 2016, pp. 83-96.
  • "Ruines d'Utopies: L'Ecole William Ponty et l'Université du Futur Africain" (with Ferdinand De Jong). Politique Africaine, edited by Guillaume Lachenal and Aïssatou Mbodj, no. 135, Oct. 2014, pp. 71-93.
  • "De-Centering Theatrical Heritage: Forum Theater in Contemporary Senegal." African Studies Quarterly, edited by Devin Bryson and Molly Enz, vol. 14, no. 3, March 2014, 75-88.