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Isaac Joslin

Isaac Joslin

Assistant Professor of French, School of International Letters and Culture, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

School of International Letters and Culture
Arizona State University
PO Box 870202
Tempe, AZ 85287-0202


  • Senior Global Futures Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor of French, School of International Letters and Culture, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Isaac Joslin has a background in French and Continental philosophy. He earned his PhD in 2010 from the University of Minnesota, focusing on colonial and postcolonial francophone African literatures, cinemas, and cultures. He has lived extensively in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa and has travelled for research to Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Rwanda, and Burundi, and has taught a variety of courses on Francophone literatures and cultures. Currently Assistant Professor of French at Arizona State University, his research interests include Francophone African literatures and cinemas, aesthetics and theories of representation, theories of cultural hybridity, gender studies, youth and childhood studies, diaspora studies, ecocriticism, and pedagogical approaches for teaching African literatures and cultures. He has published scholarly articles in The International Journal of Francophone Studies, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, African Literature Today, The French Review, Oeuvres et Critiques, Nouvelles Études Francophones, and The Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics. His current research project is a monograph entitled Afro-Futures: Rethinking development through African Humanities.


  • PhD, French, University of Minnesota, 2010
  • MA, French Studies with emphasis in Philosophy, Mississippi State University, 2003
  • BA, Philosophy with French minor, Mississippi State University, 2001


Journal Articles

In Press

Joslin, I. V. Book review: Moser, Keith. Imagination and Art: Explorations in Contemporary Theory. Pacific Coast Philology

Joslin, I. Society and spectacle: The sublimation of reality in baroque aesthetics. Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics 43(2):.


Joslin, I. 2020. Crises algériennes et baroquisme dans Le serment des barbares de Boualem Sansal. French Studies in Southern Africa 50(Autumn):60-82.

Joslin, I. V. 2020. Futurité en francosphère: enjeux du fantastique et de la science-fiction. Oeuvres & Critiques XLIV(2):101-118.


Joslin, I. 2019. Aesthetics and intertexts of resistance and liberatin in the African diaspora: Hip-hop and creolite. Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics 42(2):72+. (link )


Joslin, I. V. 2018. Sony Labou TansiUne écocritique équatoriale égalitaire. 33(1):210-225. DOI: 10.1353/nef.2018.0014. (link )


Joslin, I. 2015. The new Francophonie: Teaching French from an African-centered perspective. French Review 88(4):127-139. (link )


Joslin, I. V. 2014. L’écriture de Ken Bugul : pour un ‘genre’ de roman cinématographique africain. Nouvelles Études Francophones 28(1):162-175.

Samb, M., S. Bates and I. V. Joslin. 2014. "Le mariage de l’Afrique avec Molière a été un échec total,” Entretien avec Boubacar Boris Diop. Africultures (Nov 5):Art. 12521. (link )


Joslin, I. V. 2013. La Folie et al mort de Ken Bugul: Pour un "genre" de ciné-roman africain francophone. Nouvelles Études Francophones 28(1):162-177. (link )


Joslin, I. 2011. Teaching about Africa through literature, film, and music. African Literature Today 29(Nov):101-110.


Joslin, I. V. 2010. Postcolonial disruptions: Reading the (feminine) Baroque in Calixthe Beyala's Tu t'appelleras Tanga. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 14(5):486-493. DOI: 10.1080/17409292.2010.525122. (link )


Joslin, I. V. 2009. Baroque practices in postcolonial African literature and theory: From Achille Mbembe's On the Postcolony. International Journal of Francophone Studies 12(4):639-654. DOI: 10.1386/ijfs.12.4.639/3. (link )



Joslin, I. V. 2019. Child-soldiers, human rights, and the culture of perpetual war. Presentation at the Understanding Violence in Africa (session organizer), College Language Association for HBCUs, April 2019, Durham, NC.

Joslin, I. V. 2019. Representing and reimagining Africa: Precarity, insecurity and humanitarianism. Presentation at the The Muntu Institute: African Humanities and Social Sciences, July 16-20, 2019, Yaounde, Cameroun.

Joslin, I. V. 2019. Yambo Ouloguem's Le Drvoir de violence in the context of end-less post-colonialsim. Presentation at the Violence and the End(s) of Colonialism, September 21, 2019, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.


Joslin, I. V. 2018. Enfanter ou avorter: Violences maternelles et metaphores postcoloniales. Presentation at the Rocky Mountain MLA, October 5, 2018, Cheyenne, WY.

Joslin, I. V. 2018. Figures du migrant dans les fictions de l’Afrique francophone: enjeux et évolutions.. Presentation at the College Language Association for HBCUs, April 2018, Chicago, IL.

Joslin, I. V. 2018. La futurité dans le roman africain francophone. Presentation at the Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones, June 2018, La Rochelle, France.


Joslin, I. V. 2017. Migritude, multiculturalisme et mondialité: Comment (dé)classer l'Africanité?. Presentation at the University of Toronto Conference on "L'Afrique en circulation", October 2017, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Joslin, I. V. 2017. Re-framing development in human terms: Africa at the intersections of humanities and social science discourses. Presentation at the The Africa Network Conference, September 2017, Northfield, MN.