UCL African Studies Research Centre


Dr Hélène Neveu Kringelbach

Senior Lecturer in African Studies

Research Interests

Dr Hélène Neveu Kringelbach

Dance and Society, Performance and Popular Culture in Senegal and Francophone West Africa, Marriage Migration and Transnational Families between Africa and Europe, Anthropology of West Africa, Film and Photography in West Africa.

Main field areas

Senegal, France, the UK.

Current Research

Comparative study of how European immigration policies shape transnational family practices between Africa and Europe; cultural and religious transmission in bi-national families between Africa and Europe; West African performance in diasporic contexts.#

Current Teaching

Office Hours

Office hours are usually held between 11 am - 1 pm on Tuesdays or by appointment (G04, South Wing, Wilkins Building). Please email H.Neveu@ucl.ac.uk in advance to confirm.

UCL Institutional Research Information System (IRIS) Profile

Dr Helene Neveu Kringelbach


Institute of Advanced Studies, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building
Gower Street


  • Senior Lecturer
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


Hélène Neveu Kringelbach’s research focuses on Francophone West Africa, and particularly Senegal.
Her research has developed into two main strands:
1.    Performance in Francophone West Africa and in migration contexts
2.    Transnational families and marriage migration between Senegal and Europe

Performance in Francophone West Africa and in migration contexts (2002-ongoing)
For the first strand of research, Hélène Neveu Kringelbach has carried out research on dance in urban Senegal. The emphasis of her work is on the relationship between changing forms of musical and choreographic performance on the one hand, and changing notions of self, morality and success on the other. The research also looks at the ways in which morality and gender relations are debated through commentary on popular dance forms, and at regionalist politics in Senegal as negotiated through neo-traditional performance. In addition, contemporary dance in Senegal and elsewhere in Africa is explored a playing field of French foreign policy on the continent.
    Hélène Neveu Kringelbach’s book coming out of this dance research, Dance Circles: Movement, Morality and Self-Fashioning in Urban Senegal (Berghahn Books, 2013) was awarded the 2013 Amaury Talbot Prize in African Anthropology by the Royal Anthropological Institute, and a Special Citation in the 2013 de la Torre Bueno Award in Dance Scholarship by the Society of Dance History Scholars.
    Current research on performance explores issues coming out of this earlier work, including:
•    the global circulation of West African choreographic practices
•    contemporary dance in Africa and French foreign policy
•    transnational collaborations between African and European choreographic artists

Transnational families and marriage migration between Francophone West Africa and Europe (2011-ongoing)
In 2011-13 Hélène Neveu Kringelbach was the leader of a new research project entitled ‘Multinational families and creolized practices: Euro-Senegalese cases,’ one of 11 projects in the Leverhulme-funded Oxford Diaspora Programme (ODP).
In coastal Senegal, Euro-African marriage dates back to the early days of the transatlantic trade, but with different class- and gender inflections over time. The project was concerned with the making of relatedness in transnational families between Senegal, France and the UK, with a particular focus on the negotiation of cultural, religious and linguistic difference. More recently, the project has also involved examining the interplay between migration rules and family practices, in a context in which European states increasingly regard bi-national marriage with suspicion.
    Although the ODP was formally completed in December 2015, Hélène Neveu Kringelbach’s research is ongoing. She carries out fieldwork in Senegal, France and the UK.

Award year Qualification Institution
2005 DPhil
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Oxford
2000 MSc
Master of Science
University of Oxford

Hélène Neveu Kringelbach is a social anthropologist who obtained her D.Phil. in Anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2005.
Prior to studying Anthropology, following a first degree in Business Studies from the Nancy Business School in France she moved to Copenhagen where she worked for several years in industrial marketing and strategic analysis.
Between 2005 and 2015, Hélène Neveu Kringelbach held several positions as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Oxford, at the School of Anthropology and the African Studies Centre. She joined UCL in August 2015.