John Conteh-Morgan
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A Span of Life...

           36 years as professor of French and Francophone literatures
at Fourah Bay College and Ohio State University
27 years as an exemplary husband and father
59 years as a son, brother and friend

... has ended.

 July 31, 1948 - March 3, 2008

Dr. John Conteh-Morgan (D.Phil., Twentieth Century French Literature, Sussex University, England; M-ès-Lettres Modernes, L-ès-Lettres, Université de Besançon, France) was professor of French and Francophone literatures at Ohio State University, editor of Research in African Literatures, and contributing advisory editor to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance (2003). He held fellowships in the University of Leeds, England (Commonwealth Faculty Fellow), Harvard University (W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow), and Maryville College, TN (Phelps-Stokes Fellow). His research and teaching interests included contemporary French drama, theatre and performance, African Diaspora theatre, and especially postcolonial literature in French from Africa and the Caribbean. More recently he  concentrated on translating French-language works with a philosophical content and a bearing on francophone/postcolonial studies. He is the author, editor and translator of seven books (two forthcoming) and numerous journal articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries. These academic achievements were built on the strong foundation gained at St. Francis Secondary School (aka School of langusges), Makeni and the Albert Academy, Freetown.
John leaves behind his wife, Miriam; children: Dérian and Démarie; father, Mr. John Conteh-Morgan Sr; mother, Mrs. Mabel Conteh-Morgan; siblings: Marian Garcia (New York), Beatrice Kamara (Freetown), Elsie Williams (Columbus, OH), Raymond Conteh-Morgan (Virginia, US) and Alice Onomake (Freetown); and several relatives and friends. 
May His Soul Rest in Peace.
               Memorial Service in Columbus, OH
A Memorial Service in Celebration of the Life of  Prof. John Dennis Conteh-Morgan was held on:
Date:   Saturday April 19, 2008
Time:   10:30am
            4300 International Gateway (by the Airport)
             Columbus, OH 43219
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I saw him in a Dream   / Ahmed Bangura (Former Student )
I saw him last night in a dream. He was simply dressed but elegant as usual. It was as if we had an appointment and he was waiting for me in the open space of the Arts Building at Fourah Bay College a place we French students of the late Seventies lo...  Continue >>
No one can replace Korthor John.   / Alfred Beaty (cousin)
You are gone but your memories lives on.Rest in peace Korthor John.
December 10   / Mi
  One year gone today Hope reached Omaha on wings Dashed, it fluttered past…
REST IN PEACE, JOHN   / Kofi Acquah (Colleague and good neighbour at Fourah Bay College )
John was a colleague and a very good neighbour at Fourah Bay College. The family left for the US one year before we also left for England. We met briefly at Reading, England, when John and his wife, Miriam, visited us. When we moved to...  Continue >>
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John's Professional Accomplishments  


Research in African Literatures, 2003 - 2008;

Associate editor, 1991-2003


“The Original Explosion that Created Worlds:” Essays on the Art and Writings of Werewere Liking. John Conteh-Morgan, Irène Assiba d’Almeida, eds., Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, forthcoming 2009. 330pp

Theatres of Delegitimation: Performance, Politics and Transgression in Postcolonial Francophone Theatre.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming.

Dark Side of the Light: Slavery and the French Enlightenment by Louis Sala-Molins. Translated with an Introduction by John Conteh-Morgan. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006. 165pp

African Drama and Performance. John Conteh-Morgan, Tejumola Olaniyan, eds., Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004. 274pp

The Struggle for Meaning: Reflections on Philosophy, Culture, and Democracy in Africa. Translated by John Conteh-Morgan. Preface by Anthony Kwame Appiah. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2002. 308pp

The Postcolonial Condition of African Literature. John Conteh-Morgan, Dan Gover, Jane Bryce, eds., Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2002. 149pp

Theatre and Drama in Francophone Africa: A Critical Introduction. London and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994. 243pp. (paperback edition, Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Selected Articles:

“The Rehearsal is the Play: Dramatic Self-Reflexivity and Werewere Liking’s Quelque Chose – Afrique,” in John Conteh-Morgan and Irène Assiba d’Almeida, eds., The Original Explosion that Created Worlds: Essays on the Art and Writings of Werewere Liking. Amsterdam & Atlanta: Rodopi, forthcoming.

“The Color of the Enlightenment.” Introduction to Dark Side of the Light: Slavery and the French Enlightenment by Louis Sala-Molins. Trans. John Conteh-Morgan. Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press (2006): vii-xxxvi

“The Other Avant-Garde: Radical African Theatre and the Poetics and Politics of Performance,” in Joseph Rouse and James Harding, eds., Not the Other Avant-Garde: The Transnational Foundations of Avant-Garde Performance. Michigan: University of Michigan Press (2006): 92-124

“Antigone in the ‘Land of the Incorruptible’: Sylvain Bemba’s Noces Posthumes de Santigone,” in John Conteh-Morgan and Tejumola Olaniyan, eds, Drama and Performance in Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press (2004) 78-88

“Theatre in Francophone Africa South of the Sahara,” in Martin Banham, ed., The Cambridge History of Theatre in Africa.” Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2004). 85-137

“Performance indigène et esthétique du théâtre alternatif en Afrique francophone: les cas de Werewere Liking et de Tchicaya U’Tamsi.” L’Annuaire théâtral (Revue québecoise d’études théâtrales) 31 (2002): 65-81.

“Theatre and the Performance of the Nation in Africa,” in Okwui Enwezor, ed.,The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994. Ed. Munich: Prestel (2001): 303-8.

“French Critics and Francophone African Theatre,” Oeuvres et Critiques XXVI. 1 (2001): 15-28.

“Myth, Ritual Performance and the Search for a New Theatre in Francophone Africa: The Example of Werewere Liking’s Une nouvelle terre,” in P. Little and R. Little, eds., Black Accents: Writing in French from Africa, Mauritius and the Caribbean. London: Grant and Cutler (1997): 221-234.

“African Traditional Drama and Issues in Performance and Theatre Criticism,” in Clifford Davidson and John Stroupe, eds., Early and Traditional Drama: Africa, Asia, and America. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications (1994): 3-18.


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