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gilbert_shang_170x170 Dr. Gilbert Ndi Shang

Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Fachgruppe Romanistik


Personal Information

E-mail: ndishang@yahoo.co.uk
Telephone: +49 (0)15216957451
Nationality: Cameroonian
Date of Birth: 27th September 1982
Gender: Male

Professional Training                                             

  • 2006-2008: DIPES II (Teachers Grade Two Certificate) Bilingual Letters Department, Ecole Normale Supérieure University of Yaoundé 1.

Academic Profile                    

  • 2002-2006: B A (Hons) Bilingual Letters, University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon
  • 2006-2008: MA Commonwealth Literature, University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon.
  • 2010 - 2014: Ph.D (Hons) in Comparative Literature, Bayreuth International School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University   of Bayreuth.

Selected Academic Activities

  • 13-17 April 2011: ALA Conferences Ohio, USA. Paper: “Narrating Change and Progress in the works of Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Ahmadou Kourouma.”
  • 16 May 2011: Tracks and Traces of Violence Conference, Bayreuth. Paper: “Doing Things with Blood: The Teleology of Violent Memories in Selected African novels.”
  • June 2011 – June 2016: Participation in all Editions of BIGSAS Literature festival of African and Afro-diasporic Literature, University of Bayreuth.
  • 11–15 April 2012: ALA Conference, Dallas Texas. Paper: “Writing/Reading in Extremity: The Aesthetic, Ethical and Mythical Representations of Violence in L’Etat Honteux and Osiris Rising.”
  • 1-2 May 2012: Junior Francophone Researchers Colloquium, Université Laval, Québec. Paper: “Texte comme Prétexte: Etudes des modes de déplacements génériques dans le roman africain postcolonial”
  • March 2013 - March 2014:  Co-coordinator of the Work-group Making of Meaning in Africa: Media, Discourse and Metaphor.
  • April 2013 - 2014: Member of Workgroup "State and Society Relationship in Africa."
  • 26-29 September 2013. APELA Conference, Bordeaux. Paper : "Les déconstructions de l’Histoire officielle dans les romans de Sony Labou Tansi et Ayi Kwei Armah."
  • June 11-14 2014. VAD Conference Bayreuth. Paper : "Ngugi wa Thiong’o and the Imaginations of the Future. " 
  • 03-06 June 2015. ALA Conference Bayreuth, Paper : "Ayi Kwei Armah and the Quest of an Ethical Future"
  • 08-10 July 2015. ECAS Conference Paris. Paper: "Ayi Kwei Armah  and the Language Question."
  • 08 – 12 August 2016. Jornadas Andinas de Literatura. Paper presented : “El Lado Oscuro de la Globalización: Una Lectura Intertextual de El Sueño del Celta (2010) de Mario Vargas Llosa y de Congo Inc. Le Testament de Bismarck (2014) de In Koli Bofane.”

Selected Leadership Roles

  • 2011-. Member of Bayreuth Stadtführung,"Afrika in Bayreuth"
  • 12 March 2012: DAAD Auftaktveranstaltung “Welcome to Africa”, Bonn. Member Podiumsdiskussion on Forschungskooperationen: Visionen und Herausforderungen für Nachwuchswissentschaftler. 
  • 22-24 May 2012: Joint organization of Music Workshop in Bayreuth with guest artists Matchume Zango and Lulu Sala.
  • 2012 - 2014: Member of the BIGSAS@school Programme
  • 14 April 2013: Joint organization of "Achebe Night" in honour of the deceased Nigerian literary icon China Achebe.
  • 31 July - 05 August 2013: Seminar in Auschwitz Poland organized by the Bayerisches Seminar für Politik - (Auschwitz Death Camps: Victims - Perpetrators -Background).
  • 14 - 18 October 2013. Seminar on Cultural Diplomacy Institute Berlin (ICD) - Professional Development Program in Cultural Diplomacy
  • 2013, 2015: Member of Jury for the BIGSAS Journalistenpreis Award 2013/2015 editions.
  • 2014 - Member of African Good Governance Network (AGGN), under tutelage of DAAD.
  • June 2014. Chair of the Panel “Ngugi wa Thiong’o and the quest(ion) of the Future” during the VAD Conference in  Bayreuth University.
  • November 2014-15: Editor-in-Chief of BIGSAS World.
  • 15-17 December 2014: Conference Panel Chair: “Religion and Space: Perspectives from African Experiences" hosted by the BIGSAS.
  • August 2016 -. Secretary General of JALLA (Jormadas Andinas de Literatura) for Africa Section.

Guest Lectures

  • 9 August 2014. Afrika Kollegium, Hamburg, Germany. Theme: “Der Staat in den afrikaniscshen postkoloniale Romanen”.
  • October 2014. Guest Speaker at DAAD Orientierungsseminar for Scholarship holders from Africa in Bonn. Made a presentation on Auslandsstudenten und Intergration in Deutschland.
  • -29-30 September 2015: Introducción a la Poesía Africana de expresión francesa, inglesa y portuguesa. Universidad San Marcos, Lima, Peru.
  • - 30 September 2015. Novelas Africanas y la representacion del espacio politico postcolonial. Universidad San Marcos, Lima, Peru.
  • -25. January 2016. Biopolitics and Decolonial Criticism:  A Contrapuntal Reading of the Postcolonial Condition. Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences, University of Buea, Cameroon.
  • -05. August 2016. La Literatura Comparada en la Universidad de Bayreuth: Perspectivas para el Acercamiento Africa - America Latina.” Carrera de Literatura, Universidad Mayor San Adrés, Bolivia.


  • -April 2010- Sept 2010- BIGSAS Preparatory Course Sponsorship
  • -October 2010 - April 2011- DAAD Scholarship for completion of PhD Thesis
  • -April 2015 – Fritz Thyssen Postdoctoral Fellowship

H: Awards/Nominations

  • September 2006. Academic Excellence Award, Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences, University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroun.
  • November 2013: DAAD Preis 2013, University of Bayreuth.
  • September 2015. Nomination by Bayreuth University to attend Alexander von-Humboldt Alumni meeting in Berlin, 23-25 September 2015.

List of Publications

  • "(Re-)Signifying Abject Bodies: Narrative Transfigurations Of Violence In The Novels Of Ayi Kwei Armah and Sony Lab'ou Tansi" in "The making of meaning in Africa: Word, Image and Sound." Eds. Dan Omanga and Gilbert Ndi Shang Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers. Institute for African Studies, Bayreuth, 2013.
  • "Writing/Reading in Extremity: Body Politics and the Figure of Death in Sony Labou Tansi’s The Shameful State." Online International Journal of Arts and    Humanities, Vol. 1 Issue 5, October 2012. http://www.onlineresearchjournals.org/OIJAH 68-73. 
  • "Ngugi’s Poetics of Naming" in Africa And Her Writers. Eds. Chin Ce and Charles Smith Journal of African Literature and Criticism 10 Special Edition. IRCALC, 2013. 31-52.
  • "Texte comme Prétexte: la transfiguration générique dans des romans de Sony Labou Tansi et de Ngugi wa Thiong'o." French Studies in Southern Africa. Rev. 43, 2013.
  • (with Ndogo, Samuel). 2013. "Tribute to Chinua Achebe." In: Anthonia C. Kalu, Ernest N. Emenyonu & Simon Lewis (eds.). Chinua Achebe: A Tribute (1930-   2013). Geneva, NY: African Literature Association.
  • “Disoriented Temporalities: Narrating postcolonial Progress(ions) in the Novels of Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Ahmadou Kourouma.” Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 2 (2), 2015. 139-149.
  • The Self of the Camera: Popular Practices of Photography and Self- Presentation in the New Social Media” in Defining Identity and the Changing Scope of Culture in the Digital Age. Eds. Alison Novak Rowan  and Imaani Jamillah El-Burki. Hershey: IGI Global, 2016. 240-250.
  • Interview with Peruvian author Carlos Villacorta. Proyecto Patrimonio Letras. http://letras.s5.com/cvil100616.html
  • “A Question of the Body: Colonial Legacies and Postcolonial Imaginaries of Power”. International Journal of English and Literature. 7(9), 2016. 143-151.
  • A Review of "Mundimbe’s Order of Things", A Film by Jean-Pierre Bekolo. Journal of African Cinemas. Vol. 8 (2) 2016. 215–218.
  • “Deconstructing Scopic Regimes: Visual Culture and Aesthetics of Subversion in Postcolonial Imaginaries.”(Accepted and forthcoming 2016).
  • State/Society: Narrating Transformations in Selected African Novels. Berlin: Litverlag. (Book forthcoming 2016).
  • “Doing Things with Blood”. Tracks and Traces of Violence. Katharina Fink, Nadine Siegert, Ndi Gilbert Shang and Sam Ndogo (Eds). Lit-Verlag, Berlin. (end of 2016)

Professional Experience

  • Academic Assistant at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (December 2014 - March 2015)
  • Taught the courses “Introduction to African Poetry” Winter Semester 2013 under Anglophone Literature Department and  "Les Romances en Europe" Winter Semester 2014 under the Department of Francophone and Comparative Literatures, University of Bayreuth.

Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Fachgruppe Romanistik



Ndi, Gilbert Shang; Gruber, Valerie V. V.
L’héritage culturel de l’UNESCO et ses « autres » : analyse critique des traces de l’africanité ...
Workshop "L'Atlantique noir revisité: Espaces occultés et (in)visibles de la mémoire performative", Dakar, Senegal


Beleño Garcia, Carolina; Gruber, Valerie V. V.; Ndi, Gilbert Shang; Zango, Matchume
O que é bom? Memórias de uma geração com cheiro de café
VII Congresso Internacional sobre Culturas "Reencantar as Culturas", Online

Fendler, Ute; Gruber, Valerie V. V.; Ndi, Gilbert Shang
Relational Transdisciplinarity and Artistic/Academic Knowledge Production
Annual Conference of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence “Africa*n Relations : Modalities Reflected”, Bayreuth, Deutschland , online


Ndi, Gilbert Shang
Memories of Violence in Peru and the Congo : Writing on the Brink
London ; New York : Routledge, 2021. - 239 S. . - (Routledge African Studies)
doi:10.4324/9781003158202 ...


Vení, te leo! Antología de Narrativas Negras del Pacifico Colombiano
Hrsg.: Ndi, Gilbert Shang
Bogotá, Kolumbien : Artimaña, 2021


Ndi, Gilbert Shang
The Coltan Novel : Narrating the Congolese Saga in In Koli Jean Bofane's Congo Inc.: Le testa ...
In: L'Érudit franco-espagnol (2020) Heft 14. - S. 56-73
https://lef-e.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/Ndi ...

Ndi, Gilbert Shang
Deconstructing Postcolonial Scopic Regimes : The Subversion of Power Imaginaries in the Novels ...
In: International Journal of English and Literature Bd. 11 (2020) Heft 1. - S. 1-8
doi:10.5897/IJEL2019.1289 ...

Duarte de Souza, Cláudio Manoel; Gruber, Valerie V. V.; Mignano, Diana Carolina; Ndi, Gilbert Shang
DjumbaiALA : Contributing to Polyphonic Dialogues across the Middle Passage
In: Newsletter of African Studies at the University of Bayreuth Bd. XVIII (2020) . - S. 82-83
https://www.africamultiple.uni-bayreuth.de/pool/do ...

Ndi, Gilbert Shang
"Good Empire", "Bad Empire" : Representations of Nazism and Holocaust in Sub-Saharan African Li ...
Globalisierte Erinnerungskultur : Darstellungen von Nationalsozialismus, Holocaust und Exil in peripheren Literaturen
Bielefeld : Transcript, 2020. - S. 271-288 . - (Edition Kulturwissenschaft; 198)
doi:10.14361/9783839447246-014 ...

Ndi, Gilbert Shang
"Professor Bernard Fonlon : Un Témoignage du Canada"
In: Vestiges : Traces of Record Bd. 6 (2020) . - S. 29-35

Ndi, Gilbert Shang
Righting the Aftermath : On The Ethics of Recognition in the Postwar Novels of Alonso Cueto and ...
In: Comparative Literature Studies Bd. 57 (2020) Heft 1. - S. 95-125
doi:10.5325/complitstudies.57.1.0095 ...


Ndi, Gilbert Shang
Reimaging Blackness in a Hybridized and Racialized Space : The Visual Landscapes of the Peruvia ...
African Migration Narratives
Rochester : University of Rochester Press, 2018. - S. 114-140
doi:10.1017/9781787444102.008 ...

Ndi, Gilbert Shang
Writing the Wall, Righting the World : Exploring the Dionysian Dimensions of Wall Graffiti from ...
In: Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory Bd. 4 (2018) Heft 2. - S. 112-141
https://www.metacriticjournal.com/getfile/00000178 ...


Ndi, Gilbert Shang
Ayi Kwei Armah and the Pan-African Quest for an Ethical Future
Re-writing Pasts, Imagining Futures : Critical Explorations of Contemporary African Fiction and Theater
Denver : Spears Media Press, 2017. - S. 111-124

Ndi, Gilbert Shang
Doing Things with Blood
Tracks and Traces of Violence
Münster : LIT, 2017. - S. 23-43 . - (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung; 80)

Ndi, Gilbert Shang
La douleur d'être et la lourdeur du temps : une lecture existentialiste de Trois jours et le né ...
In: Mouvances Francophones Bd. 2 (2017) Heft 1
https://ojs.lib.uwo.ca/index.php/mf/article/view/5 ...

Ndi, Gilbert Shang
El Lado Oscuro de la Globalización : Una lectura intertextual de El Sueño del Celta (2010) de M ...
In: Todas as Musas Bd. 9 (2017) Heft 1. - S. 201-211
https://www.todasasmusas.com.br/17Gilbert_Shang.pd ...

Ndi, Gilbert Shang
On the Aesthetics of Mimicry and Proliferation : Interrogations of Hegemony in the Postcolonial ...
In: English in Africa Bd. 44 (2017) Heft 2
doi:10.4314/eia.v44i2.4 ...


Ndi, Gilbert Shang
State/Society : Narrating Transformations in Selected African Novels
Münster, LIT, 2017. - xi, 413 S. (Dissertation, 2014, )


Ndi, Gilbert Shang
Rezension von: Film Review
In: Journal of African Cinemas Bd. 8 (2016) Heft 2. - S. 215-218
doi:10.1386/jac.8.2.215_5 ...
Rezensiert: Bekolo, Jean Pierre: Mudimbe's Order of Things : a Documentary Film

Ndi, Gilbert Shang
A Question of the Body : Colonial Legacies and Postcolonial Imaginaries of Power in African lit ...
In: International Journal of English and Literature Bd. 7 (2016) Heft 9. - S. 143-151
doi:10.5897/IJEL2016.0929 ...

Ndi, Gilbert Shang
The Self of the Camera : Popular Practices of Photography and Self-Presentation in the New Soci ...
Defining Identity and
 the Changing Scope of Culture in the Digital Age
Hershey PA : IGI Global, 2016. - S. 240-250
doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0212-8.ch015 ...


Ndi, Gilbert Shang
Disoriented Temporalities : Narrating postcolonial Progress(ions) in the Novels of Ngugi wa Thi ...
In: Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal Bd. 2 (2015) Heft 2
doi:10.14738/assrj.22.865 ...


Ndi, Gilbert Shang
Ngugi's Poetics of Naming
In: Journal of African Literature and Culture Bd. 10/Spec. Ed. (2013) . - S. 31-52

Ndi, Gilbert Shang
Texte comme Prétexte : la transfiguration générique dans des romans de Sony Labou Tansi et de N ...
In: French studies in Southern Africa = Etudes françaises en Afrique australe Bd. 43 (2013) . - S. 156-172


Ndi, Gilbert Shang
Writing/Reading in Extremity : Body Politics and the Figure of Death in Sony Labou Tansi's The ...
In: International Journal of Arts and Humanities Bd. 1 (2012) Heft 5. - S. 68-73


Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Fachgruppe Romanistik

Dr. Gilbert Ndi Shang

E-Mail: ndishang@yahoo.co.uk

Verantwortlich für die Redaktion: Univ.Prof.Dr. Ute Fendler

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