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Daniel Mengara

Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures

Office:
Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 241G
Email:
mengarad@mail.montclair.edu
Phone:
973-655-5143
Degrees:
BA, University Omar Bongo (Gabon)
MA, Illinois State University
MA, University of Nice (France)
PhD, University of Nice
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CONTACT
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Office: Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 241G
Office Phone: (973) 655-5143
Dept. Phone: (973) 655-4283
Dept. Fax: (973) 655-5515

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RANK/STATUS
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Associate Professor & Director of International Partnerships
Executive Director of SORAC (Society of Reseach on African Cultures)
Editor-in-Chief: SORAC Journal of African Studies

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EDUCATION
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PhD, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France, 1995
Anglophone Studies, specializing in African literatures and civilizations/postcolonial studies

MA, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, 1996
French Studies, specializing in second/foreign language pedagogy

MA, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France, 1991
Anglophone Studies, specializing in African literatures and civilizations/postcolonial studies

BA, Omar Bongo University of Libreville, Gabon, 1990
English and Anglophone Studies

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TEACHING & RESEARCH INTERESTS
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— African civilization(s) and literature(s) in French and/or in English
— Diaspora Studies (African-American & Caribbean)
— Postcolonial Studies
— African Sociolinguistics and the French language
— Comparative Gender Issues
— Issues in Language Acquisition and Teaching (Pedagogy)
— General literary and cultural issues
— Literary theory and criticism
— Comparative literature
— Africa and the West

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COURSES TAUGHT AT MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY
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IN FRENCH
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UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL
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•FREN 101 - Beginning French I
•FREN 112 - Beginning French II
•FREN 121 - Intermediate French I
•FREN 132 - Intermediate French II
•FREN 203 - Stylistics and Composition I
•FREN 204 - Stylistics and Composition II
•FREN 206 - Spoken Language Practice
•FREN 231 - Business French & Computers I
•FREN 271 - Explication de texte
•FREN 275 - Advanced Spoken Language Practice
•FREN 289 - Francophone Film (cross-listed as GNHU 289 and FRIN 289)
•FREN 349 - Francophone Literature
•FREN 360 - French Perspectives: La Culture de Masse en France
•FREN 410 - Advanced French Grammar
•FREN 419 - Teaching French in Secondary Schools
•FREN 452 – Translation III

IN ENGLISH
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•HONP 101 - Great Books and Ideas II (Honors Program)
•HONP 202 - Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues II (Honors Program)
•ENLT 207 - World Literature: Voices of Tradition and Challenge (English Department)

GRADUATE LEVEL
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IN FRENCH
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•FREN 508 - Explication de Texte
•FREN 510 – Topic in French Linguistics (Graduate)
•FREN 532 - 18th Century Seminar: Images of Africa in 18th Century France
•FREN 547 - Francophone Literature
•FREN 548 - Contemporary French Civ. – Selected Topics: Film in French-Speaking Countries
•FREN 549 – Francophone Civ. Seminar: Race and Exclusion in French Society
•FREN 549 Francophone Civ. Seminar: Multiculturalism and Race in Contemporary Fr. Society
•FREN 549 Francophone Civ. Seminar: Sarkozy et la France
•FREN 549 Francophone Civ. Seminar: Heritage Colonial Français
•FREN 550 - Introduction to French Colonialism
•FREN 603 - Research Seminar

IN ENGLISH
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•ENLT 569 – Major Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora (Taught in the English Department)

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CURRICULUM/PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
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•Worked with Elizabeth Emery and Rabia Redouane to revise the Graduate program in French
•Worked in finalizing remaining aspects of the new MA in French, which now has two concentrations.
•Designed a Web site presenting and explaining the new concentrations of the MA in French as well as the whole Graduate Program in French
•Graduate and Certification Program Coordinator for the Department of French.
•Worked with Graduate School to streamline Certification in French Work Programs for better adaptability to the WESS system and ease of evaluation/visualization of student requirements.
•Composed New MA in French brochure as a result of creation of second concentration in MA in French.
•Created several courses aimed at giving the French program and more interdisciplinary spirit, thus bringing a more logical representation of Francophone Africa and the Caribbean into the French program at MSU.

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COURSES CREATED
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•FREN 289 Francophone Film (Undergraduate)
•FRIN 289 Francophone Film ((Undergraduate)
•GNHU 289 Francophone Film ((Undergraduate)
•Selected Topics: Film in French-Speaking Countries (Graduate)
•Selected Topics: Multiculturalism and Race in Contemporary French Society (Graduate)
•Introduction to French Colonialism (Graduate)
•Contemporary Francophone Civilization Seminar (Graduate)
•FREN 522: Translation Workshop I: Business, Marketing, and the Media
•FREN 515: Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation
•FREN 520: Special Topics in Translation

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RESEARCH AND INDEPENDENT STUDY SUPERVISION
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THESES
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•Michael Kolodjieszski. La liberté et les deux visages de la France : De la délégitimation de la démocratie française. In progress.
•Maxime Kpatagnon Vignon on Les Etats-Unis d’Afrique dans le manifeste du cinquantenaire: une prise de conscience. In Progress.
•Pierre Agbadou on Traduire pour une ONG en direction des pays du tiers-monde: le cas de l’Afrique francophone. In progress.
•Mohamed Mesloub. "La France, économiquement, n'a pas besoin de l'Afrique" : Mythes et réalités du discours de Nicholas Sarkozy à Bamako le 18 mai 2006 (Completed and eventually published as a book in 2011)
•Boussad Tadjadit. Le nationalisme de Mouloud Feraoun dans son Journal (1955-1962) (Begun, but student never finished)
•Henri Fromageot, Droits de l’homme et politique africaine de la France (Completed Summer 2009 and published as a book in 2011)
•Ruth Wanjiru. Cultures de rente et dégradation de l'environnement en Afrique sub-saharienne: Le cas du Kenya et de la République Centrafricaine (Completed Summer 2008)

M.A. Thesis Committee Membership
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•Falilou Seck (Supervisor Dr. Lois Oppenheim).
•Ashley Hansberry (Supervisor Dr. Elizabeth Emery)
•Jocelyn Hutzenlaub (Supervisor Dr. Lois Oppenheim).
•Sarah Flynn (Supervisor Dr. Lois Oppenheim).
•Chedia Ayari (Supervisor Dr. Rabia Redouane)
•Rony Romain (Supervisor Dr. Elizabeth Emery)
•Tatiana Vlasova (Supervisor Dr. Elizabeth Emery)

GRADUATE RESEARCH/INDEPENDENT STUDIES
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•Supervised Independent Study of Saint-Jean, Jean Antonio in Francophone Film, Spring 2006.
•Supervised MA Thesis of Nadine Bernard. Entitled Haïti entre socialisme et capitalisme. Defended in June 2005.
•Supervised Independent Study in Business French and Computers, Fall 2004.
•Supervised Independent Research Seminar thesis of Theophilus Ekperuoh, entitled Le thème du racisme dans 'Le racisme expliqué à ma fille' de Tahar Ben Jelloun, 1999

STUDENT TEACHING SUPERVISION
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•Mary Hartnett (Spring 2011)
•Pierre Charles Benoit (Fall 2010)
•Sidonie King (Fall 2010)
•Janine Zielaznicki (Fall 2010)
•Michelle Dufort (Fall 2001)
•Joelle Stark (Spring 2001)
•Chantal Sigelman (Spring 2000)
•Laurence Marlinge (Spring 1999)
•Isabel Sousa (Spring 1998)
•Helen Molina (Fall 97)
•Maria Vieira (Spring 1997)
•Martin Senesie (Fall 1996)

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT (MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY)
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I am or have been a Member of the Following MSU Institutions, Committees or Organizations
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•Member of the Montclair State University Senate
•Member of the Senate’s Student Affairs Council
•Member of the University Senate’s Elections Committee
•Member of the Senate’s Administrative Affairs Council
•Vice-President of Montclair State University Senate
•Chair of the Montclair State University Senate’s Constitution Committee
•Member of the Center of Pedagogy’s BA/MAT Dual Certification Steering Committee
•Member of the MSU Center of Pedagogy Task Force on World Languages and Faculty Liaison with the State of New Jersey's Department of Education for French
•Member of the CHSS NCATE/ACTFL Committee
•CHSS Representative to the World Cultures Committee (Formerly Multicultural Awareness Sub-Committee--MAR)
•Member of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Computer Committee.
•Executive Director of SORAC, the Society of Research in African Cultures
•Member of the Advisory Committee of CERAF (Center for Economic Research on Africa).
•Supervisor of the Cercle Français, the French Club for students of French. (1996-2003)
•Member of the Department Committee on Teacher Education and Retention
•Chair of The Department PAC on Reappointment and Tenure
•Member of MSU's Disciplinary Hearing
•Graduate Program Coordinator and Certification Advisor for the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
•Member of Department Modern Language’s Travel Committee
•Member of MSU's African American Caucus
•Faculty Mentor for MSU's Mentoring Program
•Faculty Advisor for the Haitian Student Organization
•Member of the MSU Center of Pedagogy Task Force on World Languages and Faculty Liaison with the State of New Jersey's Department of Education for French
•Graduate and Certification Advisor for the Department of French, German and Russian
•Department Representative to the CHSS Graduate Council.
•CHSS Representative to the Multicultural Awareness Sub-Committee (MAR)
•Department Alternate to the CHSS Tech Council
•Member of French Department Search Committee

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Organizations created, Conferences and Events organized at MSU, and Panels Chaired
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•Chaired “War and Its Casualties” Panel at the Student Research Symposium, Montclair State University, April 12, 2014
•“Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Africa: History, Myths and Realities" SORAC International Conference, Montclair State University, October 7, 8 and 9, 2010.
•African Film Festival as part of the series of events celebrating African American Heritage Month at MSU, February 2010
•African & Caribbean Film Festival, 2003, co-sponsored by the French Club in an overall event entitled “CinemaFest: African, Caribean and French Cinema.”
•Organizer, in conjunction with the Institute for the Humanities, SORAC 2002 International Conference on “Internalist vs. Externalist Interpretations of African Culture and History,” Montclair State University, November 7-9, 2002.
•Co-Organizer of "Dance, Music and Myths of the African World", in association with the Institute for the Humanities, Februrary 8, 2001. Some 300 students attended this event.
•Organiser of SORAC 2000 International Conference on "Black Thought and Movements in World History", Montclair State University. April 27-29, 2000, in association with the Institute for the Humanities.
•Organizer, in conjunction with the Institute for the Humanities, of a mini conference on "African and Diasporic Religions: Voodoo, Witchcraft, Mysticism and Spirituality, What is it all About?" Event held on the occasion of the African American Heritage Month, February 25, 1999.
•Organizer, in conjunction with Victoria Larson of Classics of SORAC 98, SORAC's International Conference on the "Images of Africa: Stereotypes and Realities", held at Montclair State University, October 22-24, 1998. About 130 speakers over three days.
•Initiator, with Professor Mutombo Nkulu (now at Temple University), of the Africa and the Diaspora in the 21st Century Conference, Montclair State University, February 28, 1997.
•Co-founder, with Mutombo Nkulu, of SORAC (Society of Research on African Cultures), MSU.
•Member of the organizing committee of the Africa and the Diaspora in the 21st Century Conference, Montclair State University, February 28, 1997.
•Co-organizer with the Institute for the Humanities of the December 11, 1997 conference, “Dialogue of Cultures: the Africa of Politics, Arts, and Religion, and its Impact on the West”.
•Organizer of the African Film Festival Series, November-December 1997.
•Co-organizer with the Institute for the Humanities of the February 26, 1997 conference, “The Path of the Slave: Africa, North America, South America and the Carribean”.
•Chaired “War and Its Casualties” Panel at the Student Research Symposium, Montclair State University, April 12, 2014

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New student orientation and student advising/registration
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•During the summer of 1999, I served as an advisor for six days at MSU's orientation sessions for new students. With many other colleagues from MSU, we helped these students with the registration process (choice of courses and registration).
•During the summer of 1999, I served as an advisor in the French department for two days to help our own students with registration procedures, including late registration.

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AWARDS AND/OR GRANTS
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•Recipient of a $800 Global Education Center’s Travel Grant to present a paper at the Second Algiers Panafrican Festival, Algeria, November 21-22, 2009.
•Summer 2001 SBR Grant of $1500 for the book project Understanding Afrocentrism: Thought, Ideology and Relevance. Submitted to Brill Academic Publishers.
•FSIP release time (2000-2002) for book project Africa and the Invention of Democracy: An Alternative Account of African History.
•Summer 2000 SBR Grant of $3000 for the finalization the Images of Africa: Stereotypes and Realities. Published by Africa World Press.
•SBR Grant of $3000 for the translation of Herbert Pepper’s Un mvet de Zwè Nguéma, chant épique fang, a volume of Fang mythology (Summer 1999).
•FSIP release time (1998-2000) for an research project project entitled ": “Francophone African Literature and the French Language: From a Negritude of Alienation to a Negritude of Identity”.
•SBR Grant of $2,400 to do research on a book joint project entitled Africa and the Invention of Democracy: An Alternative Account of African History during the summer of 1998.
•Global Education Award of $4,000 towards the organization of an international conference at MSU entitled “Images of Africa: Stereotypes and Realities” (October 22-24, 1998).
•Technology Mini-Grant of $480 from the Office of the President, MSU, for the purchase of the Dasher software used for the computerization of French workbook exercises.

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MAJOR PUBLICATIONS & RESEARCH PROJECTS
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BOOKS
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Mengara, Daniel M. Le Chant des chimpanzés (A Nove). Paris: L'Harmattan, 2008.

Mengara, Daniel M. Mema (A Novel). London: Heineman (African Writers Series), 2003

Mengara, Daniel M., ed. Images of Africa: Stereotypes and Realities. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2001.

Mengara, Daniel M. La représentation des groupes sociaux chez les romanciers noirs sud-africains: réalisme, falsification ou idéalisation? Paris: L'Harmattan, 1996.

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ARTICLES
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Mengara, Daniel. “The Undoing of Presidential Term Limits in Gabon Under Omar Bongo,” The Politics of Presidential Term Limits in Africa Edited by Jack Mangala. To be published by the Pan African Institute. Forthcoming in the first quarter of 2016.

Mengara, Daniel. “Is France Disengaging from Africa ? A Critical Look at Nicolas Sarkozy’s “Rupture” Policy in the Context of France-Africa Relations.” Africa and the New World Era: From Humanitarianism to a Strategic View. Edited by Jack Mangala. Palgrave. 2010.

Mengara, Daniel. « Oralité, mythes et littératures africaines: Plaidoyer pour une renaissance par l’audiovisuel ». To be published in Les mythes anciens à l’épreuve de la modernité dans les littératures africaines (proceedings of the Second Algiers Pan-African Festival, Algeria, November 21-22, 2009)

Mengara, Daniel. "Preface". British Travellers in Tunisia 1800-1930: A History of Encounters and Representations. By Adel Manai. Tunis: Centre de Publication Universitaire, 2007.

Mengara, Daniel M. “Introduction - On Internalism vs. Externalism: Rationale and Framework.” SORAC Journal of African Studies. Volume 3 (Fall 2005): i-vi.

Mengara, Daniel M., and Victoria Larson. "Africa and the Invention of Democracy". Globalizing Africa. Ed. Malinda Smith. Lawrenceville, NJ: Africa World Press (2003).

Mengara, Daniel M. "Francophonie plurielle ou Francophonie française? Enjeux et perspectives d’une Francophonie à deux vitesses." Francophonie au pluriel. Ed. Justin K. Bisanswa and Michel Tétu. Paris : CIDEF-AFI, 2003.
(Online Version: http://www.francophone.net/AFI/colloques/colloque2001/actes/axe_1.htm).

Mengara, Daniel M. "Préface". Les larmes d'amour. Paris: La pensée universelle, 2002.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Perceptions of African Feminism: A Socio-Historic Perspective". Images of Africa: Stereotypes and Realities. Edited by Daniel M. Mengara. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2001: 281-305.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Introduction: White Eyes, Dark Reflections". Images of Africa: Stereotypes and Realities. Edited by Daniel M. Mengara. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2001: 1-20.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Africa's Stolen Identity: Deconstructing the Past in Order to Reconstruct the Future." American and British Interactions, Perceptions and Images of North Africa. Edited By Adel Manai. Tunis: TSAS/The American Center, 2001: 19-40.

Mengara, Daniel M. "French, An African Language: Finally!" Advances in African Linguistics. Edited by Vicki Carstens and Frederick Parkinson. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2000: 281-298.

Mengara, Daniel M. "The Heroic Tribulations of My Amazing Mother". Short story. Network 2000: In the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance, (Newsletter) edited by Sandra Grayson. Volume 7, Issue 2 (Spring 2000): p. 2.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Africa, the French Language and the Francophone World: Francophonia in Black and White". MIFLC Review, 7 (1997-1998): 20-34.

Mengara, Daniel M. "On the Nature of Francophonia and Its Consequences for Language Instruction". Transculture 1, 2 (1996-1997): 41-68.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Postcolonialism, Third-Worldism and the Issue of Exclusive Terminologies in Postcolonial Theory and Criticism", Commonwealth 18, 2 (1996): 36-45.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Postface" in Christian March, Le discours des mères martiniquaises. Diglossie et créolité: un point de vue sociolinguistique. Paris: L'Harmattan, 1996: 219-225.

Mengara, Daniel M. and Leslie Wilson. "Introduction." To be published in Afrocentricity: Towards a New Understanding of the African Experience. Ed. Mengara, Daniel M. and Leslie Wilson, Submitted to Brill Academic Publishers.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Battle of Histories: Eurocentric Aryanism, Afrocentricity and the African Experience." To be published in Afrocentricity: Towards a New Understanding of the African Experience. Ed. Mengara, Daniel M. and Leslie Wilson, Submitted to Brill Academic Publishers.

Mengara, Daniel M. "When Black Men Rule the World? Notes on Black American Cultural 'Imperialism'." To be published in Afrocentricity: Towards a New Understanding of the African Experience. Ed. Mengara, Daniel M. and Leslie Wilson, Submitted to Brill Academic Publishers.

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JOURNAL EDITORSHIP
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Mengara, Daniel M. Guest Editor. Internalist vs. Externalist Approaches to African History & Cultures. SORAC Journal of African Studies. Volume 3 (Fall 2005).

Mengara, Daniel M., and Rabia Redouane, Guest Editors. African & Diasporic Voices. SORAC Journal of African Studies. Volume 2 (November 2002).

Mengara, Daniel M., John Conteh-Morgan, and Leslie Wilson, Guest Editors. Perceptions of Africa: Images, Visions and Revisions. SORAC Journal of African Studies. Conference Edition. Volume 1 (April 2000).

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CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS
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Mengara, Daniel. “African Mythology.” Invited presentation at the World Mythology Day organized by the Institute for the Humanities, Montclair State University, April 10, 2015.

Mengara, Daniel. “The Blogosphere, Francophone African Youth and the Crisis of Belonging.” 57th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 21-23, 2014.

Mengara, Daniel. “Francophone African and Caribbean Pop Music and Dance.” Invited presentation. French Day, A half-day conference co-organized by the Institute for the Humanities and the Department of Modern Languages Montclair State University, March 21, 2014.

Mengara, Daniel. “Identity, Colonial Legacy and the Challenges of Economic Integration in Central Africa” Invited Paper presented at the Miami University, quolloquium on “Globalization and Belonging in Central Africa and Its Diasporas,” Miami University, Hamilton, Ohio, November 18-19, 2013.

Mengara, Daniel. “On the Role of Africans in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Fantasies, Myths and Realities.” Paper presented at the SERSAS/SEAN conference on “Africa Looks Back: Reflections, Constructions, Imaginations,” East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, September 27-28, 2013.

Mengara, Daniel. “African Youth, Political Engagement and Afrocentric Confusion: A Pessimistic Assessment?” Paper presented at the SERSAS/SEAN conference on “Africa Looks Back: Reflections, Constructions, Imaginations,” University of Florida, February 8-9, 2013.

Mengara, Daniel. “Singing Culture: On the Importance of Song in African Culture” Invited presentation. French Day, A half-day conference co-organized by the Institute for the Humanities and the Department of Modern Languages Montclair State University, March 1, 2013.

Mengara, Daniel. “Oral Art, the Mvet Epic Tale and Scientific Imagination in Indigenous African Societies.” Third International Conference on Science in Society, Washington, D.C., August 5-7, 2011.

Mengara, Daniel. “Of migrations and Diasporas: The African Case.” Invited presentation. World Cultures Day, A half-day conference by the Institute for the Humanities on the theme: “National Diasporas: The Scattering of Seed.” Montclair State University, March 25, 2011.

Mengara, Daniel. “Of People and Democracy: Cultural Relativity and the Universals of Freedom.” Invited Speech Center of Pedagogy's Annual Advance. Montclair State University, March 8, 2011.

Mengara, Daniel, “Les littératures francophones d’Afrique sub-saharienne et les paradigmes de la décolonisation : désillusions et « pleurer-rire ».” Invited keynote lecture at La Semaine francophone, an event organized by the Metropolitan Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, New York City, Baruch College, March 5, 2011

Mengara, Daniel. “On the Peace-Building Potential of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in Africa.” SORAC International Conference on Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Africa: History, Myths and Realities”, Montclair State University, October 7-9, 2010.

Mengara, Daniel. “Food for Thought: What Can African Anthropology and Archaeology Teach Us About African Ethos on Conflict and Conflict Resolution?” SORAC International Conference on Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Africa: History, Myths and Realities”, Montclair State University, October 7-9, 2010.

Mengara, Daniel. “La négritude comme héritage des peuples noirs: Perspectives et enseignements.” Invited Keynote Address to speak to close to 300 Haitian businessmen and professionals, August 14, 2010.

Mengara, Daniel and Jack Mangala. “Digne fils de son père: Joseph Kabila, Faure Eyadema et Ali Bongo. Réflexions sur les récentes successions filiales du pouvoir en Afrique.” Joint presentation project at the upcoming Canadian Association of African Studies conference on Africa Matters: Celebrating 40 years of the Canadian Association of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada 5-7 May 2010.

Mengara, Daniel. “Mysterious Barricades and Thought Traps: Gabon's Mvet Epic Tale and Fang People's Identity,” World Cultures Day, A half-day conference by the Institute for the Humanities on the theme: “In the Beginning . . . Origin Stories and Social Identity,” March 26, 2010.

Mengara, Daniel. « Oralité, mythes et cultures africaines: Plaidoyer pour une renaissance par l’audio-visuel », International Colloquium on « Les mythes anciens à l’épreuve de la modernité dans les littératures africaines. », Second Algiers Panafrican Festival, Algeria, November 21-22, 2009.

Mengara, Daniel, “Is France Disengaging from Africa ? A Critical Look at Nicolas Sarkozy’s “Rupture” Policy in the Context of France-Africa Relations,” Presented at the Africa in Contemporary International Relations: Context, Stakes, Actors and Issues, Grand Valley State University, September 21-22, 2009.

Mengara, Daniel. « Quel panafricanisme pour quelle Afrique? Pourquoi la renaissance culturelle de l'Afrique ne pourra pas se passer de la mondialisation », Colloque à l'occasion du quarantième anniversaire du Festival Panafricain de 1969, Ministère Algérien de la Culture, Alger, 14-16 juillet 2009.

Mengara, Daniel. “Community and Death of the Gods in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Arrow of God,” to be presented at the Canadian Association of African Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, may 4-7, 2009

Mengara, Daniel. “The Age Factor in African Politics: Why the Cult of the Ages is Killing Africa’s Potential,” presented at the 17th Annual Africa/Diaspora Conference on "African Youth in America & Africa: Bridging the Gaps," California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, California, May 1-3, 2008
Invited Participant at the AFRICOM Academic Symposium, Leesburg, Virginia, 9-11 June 2008 (no specific speech given, but active participants in panel discussions touching on a wide range of issues pertaining to AFRICOM’s engagement with Africa.

Mengara, Daniel. "Why Democracy Matters: U.S. National Security and The Political Landscape in Gabon", Invited (paid) Speech, "Seminar on Gabon, and Sao Tome and Principe", Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State, October 25, 2007
Mengara, Daniel. “Africa, Human Rights and Françafrique: The Incestuous Paradigm”. Canadian Association for African Studies, New College at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, May 17-20, 2007.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Language and Film in Sub-Saharan African Societies: What Cinema for what Audience?" Symposium on the Arts in Society, New York University, New York City, 23-25 February 2007.

Mengara, Daniel M. “Parcours d’un étudiant noir”, Invited Speech. High Point Regional High School, New Jersey, November 20, 2006.
Mengara, Daniel M. “Reconciing Western Values with African Traditions: The Case of Mema”. Invited Speech into Dr. Susana Sotillo’s Language and Culture class, Montclair State University, February 22, 2006.

Mengara, Daniel M. “Decolonizing the Mind: "Mema," The Politics of Storytelling and the Post-Colonial Imagination in Africa.” Invited Speech organized by the department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Department of English. Cohen Lounge, Montclair State University, October 3, 2005.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Contagion and Containment in the African Mind: A Cultural Approach to Disease in Africa." African Health and Illness. University of Texas at Austin, March 25-27, 2005.

Mengara, Daniel. "Elections 2005, ONU et Transparence électorale au Gabon: Mettre fin à l'état Manioc d'Omar Bongo". Series of Conference-debates organized by the BDP-Gabon Nouveau, the activist organization that I lead, that will take me on a tour to six French cities (Bordeaux, Lyon, Nancy, Amiens, Rennes and Paris) meeting with Gabonese expatriates and discussing with them the issue of democratization in Gabon, from May 27 to June 1, 2005.

Mengara, Daniel M. “Roots, Rock, Reggae: Musicality and Cultural Survival in the African Diasporas”. 4th Southern Interdisciplinary Roundtable on African Studies (SIRAS), Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky, March 27-30, 2003.

Mengara, Daniel M. Invited Lecture on “The Humanistic Civilizations of Africa”, Miami Ohio University, Ohio, March 27, 2003.

Mengara, Daniel M. Invited Lecture on “Democratic Ambivalences and Arrested Development in Africa: The Case of Gabon”. Miami Ohio University, Ohio, March 26, 2003.

Mengara, Daniel M. “On Internalism vs. Externalism: Rationale and Theoretical Framework of an Incestuous Paradigm.” Paper presented at the SORAC 2002 International Conference on “Internalist vs. Externalist Interpretations of African Culture and History,” Montclair State University, November 7-9, 2002.

Mengara, Daniel M. “Lumumba: Fool or Prophet?” Paper presented at the SORAC 2002 International Conference on “Internalist vs. Externalist Interpretations of African Culture and History,” Montclair State University, November 7-9, 2002.

Mengara, Daniel M. “Codes of Culture: The Role of Myths, Tales, Proverbs and Music in Africa's Oral Traditions." Paper presented at IOHA 2002 (12th Annual International Oral History Association), Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 24-27 June 2002.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Charles de Gaulle and the French Empire." Guest Lecture at the Montclair Kimberley Academy, June 5, 2001.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Francophonie plurielle ou Francophonie française? Enjeux et perspectives d’une Francophonie à deux vitesses." Paper presented at the 2001 Colloquium of the Anné Francophone Internationale entitled "Francophonie au pluriel," Sorbonne University, Paris, May 17-20.

Mengara, Daniel M. "An African Marshall Plan." Paper presented at the "Crossing Boundaries: The African Diaspora in the New Millennium" international conference, New York University, September 20-23, 2000.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Victims or Conquerors? Remarks on Black American Cultural 'Imperialism'." Paper presented at SORAC 2000 International Conference on "Black Thought and Movements in World History." Montclair State University, April 27-29, 2000.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Balancing the Imbalances: French-ness and Francophone-ness in the 21st Century." Paper presented at the 17th Annual Colloquium on 20th Century French Studies. University of Pennsylvania, March 30-April 2, 2000.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Africa's Stolen Identity: Deconstructing the Past in order to Reconstruct the Future". Guest speaker at the TSAS (Tunisian Society of Anglo-Saxon Studies) Fifth Annual Conference on "Britain-The United States and North Africa: Interactions, Perceptions and Images", University of Sfax, Tunisia, March 12-13, 1999.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Slavery in Modern Day Africa: The Case of the West African Market Kids in Gabon". Guest speech resented at mini-conference "Slavery in Modern Day Africa" organized by the Department and Political Science and African American Studies, Montclair State University, February 25, 1999.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Battle of Histories: Martin Bernal's Afrocentrism, Mary Lefkowitz's Aryanism and the Issue over the African Origins of Western Civilisation". Presented at the SORAC 98 International Conference on the "Images of Africa: Stereotypes and Realities", Montclair State University, October 22-24, 1998.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Africa and the Democratic Paradigm: Did Africa Invent Democracy? If so, What Must Africa Do to Become Democratic Again?" Paper presented at Africa Society's conference, "Africa in the 21st Century", University of Alberta, Canada, February 28, 1998.

Mengara, Daniel M., "Africa and the Invention of Democracy". Paper presented at SORAC’s conference: "Dialogue of Cultures: the Africa of Arts, Politics and Religion, and its Impact on the West", Montclair State University, December 11, 1997.

Mengara, Daniel M., "Africa, the French Language and the Francophone World: Francophonia in Black and White", 47th Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (MIFLC), East Carolina University, October 16-18, 1997.

Mengara, Daniel M., "French, An African Language: Finally!" 28th Annual Conference of African Linguistics (ACAL 28), Cornell University, July 11-13, 1997.

Mengara, Daniel M., "Perceptions of African Feminism: A Literary and Socio-Historical Perspective". Global Education’s Tea and Talk Series, Montclair State University, April 23, 1997.

Mengara, Daniel M. "Teaching Multiculturally: Is Objectivity Possible? The Case of African and Postcolonial Societies". Institute of the Humanities’ Teaching Multiculturally: Is Objectivity Possible? Conference. Montclair State University, April 3, 1997.

Mengara, Daniel M. "African Literatures: We Know the Voices of the Past; What Are the Voices of the Future?" Africa and the Diaspora in the 21st Century Conference. Montclair State University, February 28, 1997.

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PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS I HAVE BELONGED TO
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•Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS)
•Central African Studies Association (CASA)
•African Studies Association (ASA)

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RADIO/TV INTERVIEWS
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In relation to my political activities concerning Gabon, I have been interviewed by the following radio stations:
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•Interview du Dr. Daniel Mengara sur TV+, Libreville, Gabon, le 16 août 2015 (http://www.bdpmodwoam.org/articles/2015/08/23/interview-du-dr-daniel-mengara-sur-tv-le-16-aout-2015/)
•Several interviews on the political situation in Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire and Africa on the Jacques Roger Show, an African Internet radio station based in Washington DC., and aiming at an African audience worldwide.
•“L’invité, Daniel Mengara,” Interview in Africanist Newspaper Intégration on the political situation in Gabon. Interview conducted by Célestin Ngoa Balla. Intégration No. 11 du 15 au 30 janvier 2011. Pp. 2-4.
•“Invité: Daniel Mengara, opposant gabonais.” Interview in Africanist Newspaper Intégration on the political situation in Gabon. Interview conducted by Célestin Ngoa Balla. Intégration No. 007 du 1er au 15 septembre 2010, pp. 8-9 et p. 16
•May 11, 2010, Interviewed for about an hour by AbidjanTV, an Internet-based TV station aiming at an African audience worldwide.
•March 27, 2010, Interviewed for three minutes by AbidjanTV, an Internet-based TV station, aiming at an African audience worldwide.
•March 7, 2010, Interviewed for more than an hour on the Jacques Roger Show, a radio station based in Washington DC., and aiming at an African audience worldwide.
•As part of my political activism, I appeared on several Gabonese TV stations after I announced my candidacy for president in Gabon.
•Interviewed on several Gabonese radio stations during my attempted presidential candidacy in Gabon in July 2009.
•Was Interviewed on U.S.-based INRI RADIO - "Jacques-Roger Show" to talk about the elections in Gabon in July 2009. Interviewed again in September 2009 on the same show following the elections while I was still in Gabon.
•As part of my political activism, I appeared on several Gabonese TV stations after I announced my candidacy for president in Gabon.
•Interviewed on several Gabonese radio stations during my attempted presidential candidacy in Gabon in July 2009.
•Was Interviewed on U.S.-based INRI RADIO - "Jacques-Roger Show" to talk about the elections in Gabon in July 2009. Interviewed again in September 2009 on the same show following the elections while I was still in Gabon
•On September 15, 2008, gave an Interview on Mvet (Fang epic tale from Fang people of Gabon) that will be included in a radio documentary by John Rieger of SoundVision Productions, Berkeley, California
•Interviewed by the Deutsche Welle, the international radio of the German Government, about the November 2005 Presidential election in Gabon, October 27, 2005: http://www.bdpgabon.org/audios/deustche_welle-01.mp3.
•Interviewed by the Voice of America (VOA), the international radio of the U.S. Government, about the November 2005 Presidential elections in Gabon, September 12, 2005. Interview available on the Web site of my political movement: http://www.bdpgabon.org/audios/fren0530aMON.rm.
•Interviewed by the Voice of America (VOA), the international radio of the U.S. Government, on the political conditions in Gabon, July 17, 2003. Interview available on the Web site of my political movement: http://www.bdpgabon.org/content/view/1592/39/.

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MEDIA COVERAGE/NEWSPAPERS AND NEWS SITES
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•“Daniel Mengara donne ses avis sur la crise politique au Gabon et comment s’en sortir”. Blog Gabon Énervant, 2 août 2012.
•“Gabon, Daniel Mengara, l’homme du refus des compromissions”. Blog AM D-B, 26 juil 2012
•“Ali Bongo veut réprimer la dissidence par des menaces de poursuites judiciaires cependant frivoles”. Blog Gabon Énervant, 11 sept 2011.
•“Who’s Who”. Lettre du Continent, N° 618 du 08 septembre 2011, p. 8 (Magazine)
•“Afrique: Déferlement Gabonais À Kalorama. Intégration,” 15 août 2011 (Newspaper)