Brian Valente-Quinn
Assistant Professor

HUMN 317

Office Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

& by appointment


Brian Valente-Quinn (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) specializes in the literature and drama of Sub-Saharan Africa with a research focus on Francophone African and contemporary French theater and performance.

Professor Valente-Quinn’s book Senegalese Stagecraft: Decolonizing Theater-Making in Francophone Africa was published in 2021 as part of Northwestern University Press’s “Performance Works” series. It explores reworkings and innovations of the theatrical stage space and performance practices in Senegal from the colonial era to the present day. 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 by the Murids of Senegal.

Professor Valente-Quinn leads the CU global seminar “Cultures of Activism in Dakar, Senegal,” which takes students on an immersive experience in Dakar and includes a collaborative theatrical presentation with the forum theater company Kaddu Yaraax. He also co-leads, with Professor Aimee Kilbane, the CU global seminar “Underground Paris.”


Journal Articles

  • “Trance States and Sufi Stages: The Poetics and Politics of Murid Theatre in Senegal.” Theatre Journal, vol. 72, no. 4, 2020, pp. 424-442.

  • “Crafting the Popular Stage Space in Urban Senegal.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 51, no. 2, 2020, pp. 168-86.

  • "Sur les traces de Bamba Mos Xam: l'invention du théâtre mouride." Continents Manuscrits, no. 13, Nov. 2019.

  • "Infrastructures of Utopia: Ruination and Regeneration of the African Future" (with Ferdinand De Jong). Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, vol. 88, no. 2, May 2018, pp. 332-351.

  • "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.


Chapters in edited volumes and anthologies:

  • “Of Authenticity and Engagement in Francophone African Cultural Production.” A Companion to African Literatures, edited by Olakunle George, Wiley Blackwell, 2021,  pp. 29-44.

  • “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.

  • "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.