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Frank Ukadike


Frank Ukadike

Associate Professor

Communication and ADST

ukadike@tulane.edu 

Dr. Ukadike's research interests focus on African and Third World cinemas, specifically, the history, theory and practices of African cinema through an interdisciplinary approach that is simultaneously geo-political, socio-economical, and ideological.  This project's methodology draws from a variety of theoretical frameworks and perspectives including Africanist, historical, free enterprise, film, and cultural theory, especially as they pertain to the production of cultures. Dr. Ukadike is currently working on two book projects, The New African Cinema: History, Narratology, and the Aesthetics of African Films and "Nollywood" ( Nigerian Film Industry). The studies will account for the recent proliferation of new genres, the shifting narrative styles, aesthetic orientations, and the experimental interludes that are redefining and refocusing African cinemas.

Dr. Ukadike teaches three courses developed expressly from his research interests:  Third World Cinema, African Cinema  and Cultural Issues in Cinema.  Other courses include History of World Film, Documentary Film, Introduction to Film, Film Analysis and Introduction to African Diaspora Studies.

Tulane University, African Studies, 119 Norman Mayer Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-862-3550 adst@tulane.edu