B rief Professional History
Véronique Tadjo is Professor and Head of French Studies. Prior to joining the University of the Witwatersrand in January 2007, she held a number of roles such as Translator and Consultant in Nairobi, Kenya (from July 1994 to 1998); Assistant Lecturer at the English Department of the University of Abidjan (from October 1988 to June 1993); Assistant Lecturer at the French Department of Lagos University in Nigeria (from 1987 to1988); Assistant Lecturer at the English Department of the University of Abidjan (from October 1982 to June 1984); Assistant Lecturer at the English Department of the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Abidjan (from October 1981 to June 1982); and English teacher at the Lycée Moderne de Korhogo in the North of the Ivory Coast (from October 1979 to June 1981). Between 1999 and 2006, Tadjo was also a full-time writer and visual artist.
Véronique Tadjo teaches a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on language, translation and literature, as well as French literature, French studies and creative writing. Key courses taught include: Literature, La Peste, Albert Camus; Literature, translation and Business French; Une si longue lettre, Mariama Bâ; Le Diable au Corps, Raymond Radiguet; Translation, an introduction to francophone African literature and creative writing in French; Advanced Translation; Creative Writing in French; Francophone African Literature; Social Change in The 19th Novel, Germinal, Emile Zola. She is a contributor to teaching on the MA in Creative Writing and supervises several MA and PhD students.
Tadjo, V. (2010). Genocide: the changing memory landscape in Kigali. African identities, Special Issue: The Rwandan Genocide - A Critical Re-Evaluation 8(4), 379-388.
Tadjo, V. (2010). Interview with Boris Boubacar Diop. African identities, Special Issue: The Rwandan Genocide - A Critical Re-EvaluationVolume 8(4), 425-430.
· 2009. “Chemin d’écriture” in Cultures Sud, Notre Librairie, Revue des littératures d’Afrique, des Caraïbes et de l’océan Indien. No 172 – L’engagement au Féminin, Cultures France, Paris, pages 53 to 56.
· 2009. “Writing for Children in Francophone Africa and Beyond: A Personal Experience.” in Wasafiri, The magazine of contemporary Writing, Issue 60, Winter 2009, London, pages 41 to 51.
· 2009. “Why Chinua Achebe is Important to Us” in Recherche Littéraire – Literary Research, Volume 25, Numbers 49-50 (Summer 2009) edited by John Burt Foster, Georges Mason University, Fairfax, pages 17 to 22.
Fiction work in French:
· 2010. Loin de mon père, Actes Sud, Paris.
· 2004. Reine Pokou, concerto pour un sacrifice, Actes Sud, Paris. Le Grand Prix d’Afrique Noire (2005).
· 2000. A Mi-Chemin, (collection of poems), L’Harmattan, Paris.
· 2000. L’Ombre d’Imana, Voyages jusqu’au bout du Rwanda, Actes Sud, Paris.