Robert Nathan is a Killam Doctoral Scholar at Dalhousie University. He has written for The Guardian, The National PostBallast Magazine and Africa Is A Country. His short fiction has appeared in The Maple Tree Literary Supplement and has been longlisted for the Canada Writes prize and the House of Anansi Broken Social Scene Story Contest.  His scholarly work has appeared in The Journal of African Cultural Studies, The University of Toronto Quarterly, and other venues. He is a former Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar. He’s now writing a dissertation on Malian postcolonial politics and a novel about the 2012 coup d’état.

The series of posts he recently completed on this blog were inspired by French author Raymond Queneau and his 1947 work The Exercises In Style. He rewrote the same anecdote  99 different ways. To find out more, click here.


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  2. Why it Matters is a great article and it pertains directly to a paper I am trying to write. How did you start your research on this topic?

    • Hi Katelyn,

      I’m glad you liked my article. I started working on that topic when I was doing an International Development program while writing a thesis on African literature. I noticed literature was often absent from the work of even those scholars interested in qualitative research, which got me thinking about trying to bridge that gap.

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