Africa at Noon: Jamie Thomas
Zombies Speak Swahili: Language, Horror, and Area Studies
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
206 Ingraham Hall
Many people’s first encounter with Africa may be through popular media that sounds vaguely ‘African.’ Swahili is often used for this purpose, from Jordan Peele’s film Get Out to the Resident Evil videogame franchise. The use of Swahili in these zombie horror sagas points to language as a powerful agent of (de)humanization, and media as a tool for promoting Global Africa.