An author from Mali
writing in French
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Aminata Traoré hails from Mali. Born in 1947, she arrived in Ivory Coast in 1963 to visit one of her sisters. There she met her future husband. After gaining a Doctorate in Social Psychology in France, Aminata Traoré initially settled in Ivory Coast where she served in several important positions. She later returned to Mali. In an interview she said : "I was involved in research at the University of Abidjan from 1975 to 1988 and later, seconded to the Ivorian Ministry for Women's Affairs. Then, from 1988 until 1992, I worked in a regional programme of the United Nations Development Programme, looking at the role of women, water and general amenity in disadvantaged communities. This experience taught me to understand better the relationship between regional circumstance and the wider world. From 1997 to 2000, I was Minister for Culture and Tourism in Mali. I am a writer and grass-roots social activist, both in Mali and wider Africa. I try to practise what I preach. There is a world of possibilty for micro-achievements in the domain of culture, rehabilitation of infrastructure in disadvantaged areas, including mine, as well as the promotion of textiles and African art works." [Interview FR2 2005]
Mille tisserands en quête de futur [A thousand weavers in search of a future]. Bamako: EDIM, 1999.
Le viol de l'imaginaire [The violation of the imaginary]. Paris : Fayard et Actes Sud, 2002. (212p.). ISBN 2 213 61114 2. Essay.
Lettre au Président des Français à propos de la Côte d'Ivoire et de l'Afrique en général [Letter to the French President regarding Ivory Coast and Africa in general]. Paris : Fayard, 2005. (212p.). ISBN 2 213 62470 4. Essay.
L'Afrique humiliée. Paris: Fayard, 2008. (296p.). ISBN: 978-2-213-63590-3. Essay. [Preface by Cheikh Hamidou Kane].
L'Afrique mutilée. Bamako: Taama, 2012. (48p.). ISBN 978-99952-855-0-0. Essay. In collaboration with Nathalie M'Dela-Mounier.
Aminata Dramane Traoré et Boubacar Boris Diop. La Gloire des imposteurs. Lettres sur le Mali et l'Afrique. Paris: Philippe Rey, 2014. (236p.). ISBN: 978-2-84876-232-6. Correspondence.
The University of Western Australia/French
Created: 15 January 2007
Modified: 28 November 2014
Archived: 28 November 2014