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Mrs Dorothee Boulanger

Teaching Fellow in Lusophone African History and Culture


Address Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies
King's College London
VB5.28, Virginia Woolf Building 
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE


After studying International Relations at Sciences-Po (Paris) Dorothée completed a Master’s in Gender Studies at the London School of Economics. In 2012 she undertook a PhD in History at King’s College London with Patrick Chabal, focusing on the literature and history of contemporary Angola. 

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • African history, politics and anthropology
  • African literature
  • Cultural history and postcolonial societies
  • Gender and inequalities

My research is resolutely interdisciplinary and uses literature, history, anthropology and critical theory to investigate the construction of political legitimacy, inequalities and cultural representations in West and Lusophone Africa.

With a focus on contemporary states and societies, I explore the dynamics of cultural change in Africa since the precolonial and early colonial periods. I am particularly committed to interrogating the role of history as a discipline in the “invention of Africa” and in the production of cultural and racial otherness. In that perspective, my doctoral research explores Angolan novels written after independence and the way they reinforce, subvert or contradict academic and political discourses on Angola’s history and identity. 

General teaching areas, most with a strong African focus, include contemporary history and literature, history of nationalism and the state in Africa, gender studies and inequalities.









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