Rémi Armand Tchokothe How Can Literary Works Help Us to Understand the Politics of Migration?

Dr. Rémi Tchokothe is an Assistant Professor in African Studies at the University of Bayreuth. He has ongoing affiliations with Rhodes University (South Africa), the University of Sousse (Tunisia) and the Centre Universitaire de Mayotte. Tchokothe’s research interests include African urban youth languages, the production and reception of literature in African languages and the literature of the Comoros archipelago. An editor of several collected volumes, Tchokothe has published two monographs: Stylistic Features in Balisidya’s Short Stories (2010) and Transgression in Swahili Narrative Fiction and its Reception (2014).

Area of Research

Literature of the Comoros Archipelago, Migration and Multiple Identities, Literatures in African Languages, Intercultural Translation, African Urban Youth Languages, African Diaspora Studies, African Sociolinguistics, Critical African Studies

since 2019

Principal Investigator

University of Bayreuth (Universität Bayreuth) (more details)

Cluster of Excellence “Africa Multiple: Reconfiguring Africa"

since 2016

Visiting Research Associate

Rhodes University

African Language Studies Section & School of Languages and Literatures

since 2016

Professeur Associé

Université de Sousse

Département des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines

since 2015

Professeur Associé

Centre Universitaire de Mayotte

Département des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines

since 2013

Akademischer Rat auf Zeit

University of Bayreuth (Universität Bayreuth) (more details)

Chair of African Linguistics II

2018

Academic Teaching Excellence. Certificate of English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI)

University of Cambridge

Certificate of English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI)

2017

Certificate for Teaching in Higher Education

Free State of Bavaria, Germany

2008-2012

PhD

University of Bayreuth (Universität Bayreuth) (more details)

Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies

2002-2006

Master of Arts in African Linguistics, Literatures in African Languages and Development Sociology

University of Bayreuth (Universität Bayreuth) (more details)

1998-2001

Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics and English Literature

University of Buea

- South African Journal of African Languages

- Journal of African Cultural Studies

- Nordic Journal of African Studies

- Swahili Forum

- Association for the Study of African Literatures (APELA: association pour l’étude des littératures africaines)

- American Comparative Literature Association

- Litprom, "Literaturen der Welt"

- Mega-Chad Network

- Principal Investigator in the Cluster of Excellence: “Africa Multiple: Reconfiguring African Studies", German Research Council (DFG) (with 24 colleagues in African studies) (2019-2025)

University of Bayreuth (Universität Bayreuth)

Bayreuth, Germany

The University of Bayreuth is a medium-sized campus university which is committed to the highest academic standards. As one of Germany’s youngest universities, it is operates in an unbiased, self-confident spirit of academic freedom, scientific progress, and social responsibility. Top priorities are individual supervision, maintaining high academic standards, and creating programmes of study that take current research into account. The innovative collaboration between many of disciplines on the on the ‘Green Campus’ are key features of Bayreuth’s research culture. The University of Bayreuth is dedicated to interdisciplinary research. Its research facilities and infrastructure provide an ideal setting for scientific work. Focus areas – e.g. African studies, Polymer and Colloid Sciences, High Pressure and High Temperature Research, Ecology and the Environmental Sciences – combine the strengths of individual subject areas to address strategically chosen, cross-disciplinary research priorities. Foreign scholars rate Bayreuth as one of the most attractive universities in Germany, consistently placing it among the top institutions in the Humboldt Rankings.

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The island of Mayotte forms part of the Comoros archipelago in the Indian Ocean. While Mayotte is part of France and the EU, other islands of the archipelago like Grande Comore and Anjouan are not. In this video, REMI TCHOKOTHE analyzes the tensions that this situation has caused, focusing on how they have been expressed in literary works. Employing close readings of writings by Nassur Attoumani and Soeuf Elbadawi alongside critical geography and field observation, Tchokothe notes that, for these authors, historically established patterns of internal movement between the islands cannot constitute illegal migration. Noting how both authors employ the French language as a tool of resistance, Tchokothe highlights the vital, ongoing role that literature can play in the process of decolonization.

LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10756

"Balladur Visa" or "Visa of Death"? Questioning 'Migration' to Europe via the Comoros Archipelago

  • Rémi Armand Tchokothe
  • Journal of Identity & Migration Studies
  • Published in 2018
Rémi Armand Tchokothe. ""Balladur Visa" or "Visa of Death"? Questioning 'Migration' to Europe via the Comoros Archipelago." Journal of Identity & Migration Studies 12 (2018).

«Sci-en-ti-fi-que-ment, c’est la France, la France qui a un mort entre les mains»: le référent spatial et la «migration» dans Autopsie d’un macchabée

  • Rémi Armand Tchokothe
  • French Studies in Southern Africa
  • Published in 2018
Rémi Armand Tchokothe. "«Sci-en-ti-fi-que-ment, c’est la France, la France qui a un mort entre les mains»: le référent spatial et la «migration» dans Autopsie d’un macchabée." French Studies in Southern Africa 2018 (2018): 211–230.

L’Histoire est un éternel recommencement et presque toujours pour le pire

  • Rémi Armand Tchokothe
  • Études Littéraires Africaines
  • Published in 2018
Rémi Armand Tchokothe. "L’Histoire est un éternel recommencement et presque toujours pour le pire." Études Littéraires Africaines 46 (2018): 107-112.

Les Littératures Francophones de l’Archipel des Comores

  • Published in 2017
Rémi Armand Tchokothe, Linda Rasoamanana and Buat Malela (Eds.). Les Littératures Francophones de l’Archipel des Comores. Paris: Éditions Classique Garnier, 2017.