Prof. Dominica Dipio Confirmed as a Keynote Speaker in the Research Week 2020

Prof. Dominica Dipio has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the Research Week 2020 in the 3rd Annual Conference on the Role of Literature in a Global World whose theme is Eastern African Literatures in the 21st Century: Achievements, Challenges, Perspectives.

Dominica Dipio is a professor of literature and film in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University. She is a recipient of several distinguished fellowships and academic awards such as: Propaganda Fides (Rome), The East African Commonwealth, Fulbright, African Humanities Program (AHP), the Cambridge-Africa Programme for Research Excellence (CAPREx), the Research Innovation Fund (Makerere), and the Leadership Academy – HERS-SA.

She has over 50 publications in her interdisciplinary research interest in the Humanities: literature, film, folklore, ritual, popular culture, audience, and gender studies. In her researches, the dialogue between the city and the village, the old and the new, the past and the present, gender and voices from the margins are often palpable. Dipio is also a filmmaker, and she has participated as a jury member at several international, regional and local film festivals such as the Berlinale, Milan, Amiens, Fespaco, ZIFF and Uganda Film Festival.

Among Dipio’s significant research collaborations are: the Norwegian Programme for Development, Research and Education (NUFU) titled, “The Role of Ugandan Folklore as Repository of Traditional Wisdom”, where she was the Principal Investigator (PI); and the “Ubuntu Colloquium”, where she participated with scholars from South and East Africa. She is currently collaborating in two Andrew Mellon funded projects titled, “Entanglement, Mobility and Improvisation: Culture And Arts in Contemporary African Urbanism and its Hinterlands” (2019-2023), and “Historicizing and Rethinking the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences Knowledge Production from a Ugandan Locus: Makerere University Since 1922” (2019-2022).

Prof. Dipio is also the PI for the Research Innovation Fund project of Makerere University that is adapting African folktales into animation films for children’s educational and leisure needs. Her upcoming edited book, to be published by Makerere University Press, is titled, Moving Back into the Future: Critical Recovery of African Cultural Heritage.