Professor Alena Rettová
Alena Rettová has degrees in Philosophy, German Studies and African Studies as well as a PhD from the Charles University in Prague.
Her PhD research, working with texts in six African languages (Swahili, Shona, Ndebele, Lingala, Bambara, and Yorùbá), was published in 2007 asAfrophone Philosophies: Reality and Challenge. In 2013, she published a book monograph on Sando Marteau, a singer based in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she explored Sando Marteau’s sung poetry in Congolese Swahili as an expression of existentialist philosophy. Following a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bayreuth, Alena worked for 14 years at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) in London, where she taught Swahili literature and African philosophy. Alena joined the University of Bayreuth in April 2020. She is the Principal Investigator in the PhiGe project, where she focuses on the novel in African languages and contributes to the case study on Sufi poetry.
Dr. Albert Kasanda
Albert Kasanda is a research fellow of the Centre of Global Studies in the Institute ofPhilosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences. He focuses on African social and political philosophy. He is a Senior Researcher in the PhiGe project, where he works on the genre of the essay in Ciluba.
Professor Pierre-Philippe Fraiture
Professor of French, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Warwick, UK
I have published in the field of French colonial and postcolonial discourses from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. My research lies at the intersection of literary criticism, anthropology, African art, and African Philosophy (with several outputs on Valentin Yves Mudimbe). My publications – four sole-authored monographs in addition to several (co)edited volumes – focus on the link between culture and imperialism and appraise the intellectual processes that have informed the shift from the colonial to the post-colonial era in France, Belgium, and in their former overseas territories in sub-Saharan Africa and in the DRC, particularly.
Three postdoctoral researchers and one doctoral student are joining our team later in 2020.