UCL European Institute


Noble Lecture 2024 with Marie NDiaye

29 February 2024, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Marie Ndiaye

In conversation with Profs Nicholas Harrison (KCL) and Clare Finburgh Delijani (Goldsmiths)

This event is free.

Event Information

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Institute of Advanced Studies


Lecture Theatre G6
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square

Marie Ndiaye will deliver this year's Noble Lecture in an event organised by UCL French department in collaboration with the UCL Centre for French and Francophone Research and made possible through the generous support of UCL French alumnus, Peter Noble. 

Marie Ndiaye published her first novel, Quant au riche avenir, when she was 17. She won the Prix Goncourt in 2009. Her play Papa doit manger is the sole play by a living female writer to be part of the repertoire of the Comédie française. She co-wrote the screenplay for the 2022 legal drama Saint Omer alongside its director Alice Diop, and Amrita David. In September 2022 the film was selected as France's official selection for Best International Film at the 95th Academy Awards.

Open to the public. Lecture given in French. 

Followed by a drinks reception.

The organiser - the Centre for French and Francophone Research - provides a showcase for the diversity of French and Francophone studies in a global context across several disciplines at UCL, including literary studies, history, philosophy, art history, anthropology, global health, and the physical sciences. The goal is to create a space for researchers and students from across the university broadly interested in the French-speaking world to share their work and to promote interdisciplinary collaboration.

Image credit © Traumrune / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0 Foire du Livre de Francfort 2017. Marie NDiaye dans l’émission Masterclasses de France Culture avec Delphine Chaume / Frankfurt Book Fair 2017. Marie NDiaye in the France Culture show Masterclasses with Delphine Chaume

About the Speakers

Marie NDiaye

French novelist, playwright and screenwriter

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Nicholas Harrison

Professor of French and Postcolonial Studies at Kings College London

My research interests are quite diverse, but a recurring theme has been the sort of political work that literary texts – and also films – are imagined to do, by censors, critics, writers and teachers. This entails an interest both in political and historical contexts, and in notions of literary and aesthetic specificity or value. I have worked above all on writing in French from the Maghreb, especially Algeria, including work by Djebar, Dib, Feraoun, Amrouche, Chraïbi, Camus, Derrida, Cixous, Memmi, and Fanon.

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Clare Finburgh Delijani

Professor and Director of Research at Department of Theatre and Performance, Goldsmiths University of London

A specialist in postcolonial and European culture, I strive to broaden and internationalise the curriculum, to reflect performance traditions from around the world, and inspire students from all backgrounds to believe that they/you can shape the future of world theatre and thought. I am the recipient of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2023-26) during which I am tracing a history of postcolonial theatre in France from the 1950s to today. My book (Liverpool University Press) looks back at histories of colonialism, better to understand identity, community and the postcolonial nation today.

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