Inge Brinkman

Inge Brinkman studied History and African Studies, after which she received a Ph.D. degree from Leiden University in 1996 with a thesis on oral and written literature, identity and gender in Central Kenya. She carried out various postdoctoral projects (Cologne University; African Studies Centre Leiden; Ghent University) on subjects related to Africa’s socio-cultural history.   

At present she is working as a Professor of African Studies at Ghent University in Belgium. Her fields of research include African literatures, African popular culture, and African history. Presently she focuses on monsters in oral narratives in Kenyan and Ethiopian contexts, leading various projects in this field of study.  

She has published books and articles with international publishing houses and peer-reviewed journals. In 2019 Afrikaanse Letterkunde, a Dutch-language handbook on African literatures, co-authored with Mineke Schipper and Daniela Merolla, was published by Amsterdam University Press. 

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