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Julie MacArthur

Assistant Professor

Office Location:  Erindale Hall Residence, 1525 Outer Circle, Room 211A

Fields of Study Geographical Fields:


Fields of Study Thematic Fields:

Conflict, Violence and Genocide; Cultural and Intellectual; Empires, Colonialisms and Indigeneity; Migration/Diaspora; Social


Dr. Julie MacArthur's research interests revolve around the role of cartography and geographic imaginations, borders and local practices of space, in constructions of community, power, and dissent in modern Africa. She has previously published on questions of ethnic identity, linguistic history, and the making of political communities. Her first book, Cartography and the Political Imagination in Colonial Kenya (Ohio Univeristy Press, 2016) explores mapping, ethnogenesis, and dissenting politics in colonial Kenya. Her new research project entitled Radical Cartographies focuses on the alternative mappings of decolonization, sovereignty, and citizenship across eastern Africa, 1950-1976. She is also the editor of book project on the recently uncovered trial of Mau Mau Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi, forthcoming with Ohio University Press in Fall 2017.

Dr. MacArthur has also worked extensively in the field of African cinema, both as a curator and as an academic. Her new project, entitled African Cinema and the Political Imagination, explores film as a central technology through which Africans compose, edit and consolidate their pasts, and as a means to express and engage with pressing social and political concerns in contemporary Africa. She is also a fellow with the Jackman Humanities Institute, who have partnered with the University of Western Cape, South Africa, for a multi-year, Mellon Foundation funded collaboration. She has worked as a programming associate with the Toronto International Film Festival and Film Africa in London as well as serving as the Director of the Cambridge African Film Festival for several years. She previously served as the Director of Content Acquisition for Buni.TV, an online platform for the distribution of African content and she regularly curates film programmes and participates in film forums and festivals across the world.

Authored Publications:


  • PhD, University of Cambridge
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