Conference Speaker


Photo courtesy of Mr. Paolo Montanaro


Dr. Abdourahman A. Waberi is novelist, essayist, poet, academic and short-story writer. He was born in Djibouti in 1965 and went to France in 1985 to study English literature. Dr. Waberi has worked as a literary consultant for Editions Le Serpent à plumes and as a literary critic for Le Monde Diplomatique. In 2005, he was chosen amongst the "50 Writers of Future" by French literary Magazine Lire. In 2006 to 2007, Waberi lived in Berlin as a guest of the DAAD. In 2007, he was a Donald and Susan Newhouse Center Humanities Fellow at Wellesley College in the U.S. His work has been translated into more than ten languages. His novel Transit was a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award (2013). He teaches now French and Francophone Studies and Creative Writing at George Washington University, Washington DC.

The novel Transit will be the feature of the keynote speech.

Here is a list of Dr. Waberi's oeuvre: