Lyakhovich Anastasia V.

Associate Professor

Ляхович А.В.

Address

  • Санкт-Петербург
  • 199034
  • Universitetskaya emb., Build. 11, Office 20

Contact

  • +7 (812) 328-7732
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Education:

  • 2004-2007: Ph. D. in Philology, Faculty of Asian and African Studies, St.Petersburg State University. PhD Dissertation: «Hausa Early Creative Writing of the 1930s».
  • 2002-2004: M. A. in Literary Studies, Faculty of Asian and African Studies, St.Petersburg State University. M. A. Dissertation on Hausa tales.
  • 1998-2002: B. A. in Asian and African Studies, St.Petersburg State University.

Languages:

  • Russian (native),
  • Hausa (fluent),
  • English (fluent),
  • German (reading),
  • French (reading).

Research interests:

Hausa literature:

  • descriptive-analytical research on creative writing of modern Hausa writers;
  • complex analysis of literary process in Northern Nigeria;
  • interdisciplinary study of certain literary forms (prose fiction, playwrighting, poetry);
  • research on the process of modernization in Hausa literature, which distinguishes literary process as both agent and object of social change;
  • code-switching in Hausa literature.

African literatures:

  • comparative studies on African literatures;
  • english literature of Nigeria.

Niger-Congo languages:

  • the description of Waka morphosyntax (Adamawa).

Teaching:

Courses taught:

  • Hausa language
  • Literatures of Africa

Experience as Visitor Researcher:

  • at the University of Leipzig, University of Hamburg (Germany), University of Helsinki (Finland) under the program of researcher links (2009, 2010, 2016, 2017).
  • at the University of London, SOAS (United Kingdom), research at SOAS library  (2008)
  • at American University (Nigeria), program of researcher links, research at AUN library (2012, 2013, 2014).

During her field work in Nigeria (January-February 2012, January-February 2013, January-February 2014) A.Lyakhovich collected data on Adamawa languages and oral literature as well as Hausa modern literature.

Projects:

A. Lyakhovich was researcher on the projects "Comparative study of linguistic, hystorical and cultural paradigms in the context of development of Asian and African countries" (15381713.00 RUB, 2006-10), "Comparative studies of literary paradigms of Asia and Africa (in diachronic aspect)" (1516381.00 RUB, 2011-3), "Niger-Congo languages" (70000 RUB, 2012), "Languages of Africa to the South of Sahara: from structural morphosyntactic analysis to the functional synthesis of paradigmatic elements for the linguistic picture of the world" (4500000 RUB, 2013-5) funded by Saint Petersburg State University.

The field work undertaken by A.Lyakhovich in Nigeria (2012, 2013, 2014) for the projects "Comparative studies of literary paradigms of Asia and Africa (in diachronic aspect)" and "Languages of Africa to the South of Sahara: from structural morphosyntactic analysis to the functional synthesis of paradigmatic elements for the linguistic picture of the world" was supported also by the Foundation of Fundamental Linguistic Research in Russia (2012) and by the American University in Nigeria (2012, 2013, 2014).

During her work A. Lyakhovich assisted in establishing new collaborative links between St. Petersburg University, Department of African Studies and the University of Leipzig (Germany), University of Hamburg (Germany), University of London, SOAS (UK), American University (Nigeria).

Recent papers:

In 2012:

  • Towards a comparative description of the Adamawa languages of Mumuye-Yendang and Leko-Nimbari groups: a preliminary analysis of the field data. With A. Zheltov and T. Anikina. International Congress "Towars Proto — Niger — Congo: Comparison and Reconstruction", INALCO, Paris, 18-21.09.2012.

In 2013:

  • "Nishadi", "Marubuciya" and "Bidiyo" as an example of Hausa magazine culture in Northern Nigeria. The Cadbury Conference 2013, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, 17-18.05.2013.
  • The process of modernization in Hausa literature of Northern Nigeria. The conference "The school of young scholars in the field of African Studies", Higher School of Economics - Institute of Africa, Moscow, 7-8.11.2013.
  • Towards the description of adjectives in Waka (Adamawa): a preliminary analysis of the field data. The 27th International Conference on Historiography and Source Studies of Asia and Africa "Local Heritage and Global Perspective", Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, 24-26.04.2013.
  • Experimental writing in Hausa literature: some preliminary remarks. The 27th International Conference on Historiography and Source Studies of Asia and Africa "Local Heritage and Global Perspective", Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, 24-26.04.2013.

In 2015:

  • Logophoric pronouns in Waka (Niger-Congo, Adamawa). 8th World Congress of African Linguistics. Kyoto, Japan, 20-24.08.2015.
  • Prepositions in Waka (Adamawa, Niger-Congo). African languages studies: field work, theory and historical research. Moscow, 02-04.12.2015.

In 2016:

  • Towards a comparative description of the Adamawa languages of MumuyeYendang and Leko groups. With A. Zheltov. 2nd International Congress "Towars Proto - Niger - Congo: Comparison and Reconstruction", INALCO, Paris, 03-06.09.2016.
  • The concepts of "author" and "authorship" in the culture of Northern Nigeria. Litteratures en langues africaines: production, diffusion, reception. Paris, INALCO, 29.09-01.10.2016.

In 2017:

  • Hausa-English code-switching in Jamila Danfajo’s novel Cry of Love (Nigeria). 9th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages. France, Paris, 07-08.09.2017.

Publications:

Book chapters:

  1. Lyakhovich, Anastasia V. (2010) 'Postmodern literature of Africa'. In: Postmodern literature of Asia and Africa. Saint Petersburg: Izdatel'stvo SPbGU, pp. 51-71. (In Russian)
  2. Lyakhovich, Anastasia V. (2012) 'Contemporary Hausa literature: achievements and perspectives'. In: Essays on Africa-2011. Saint Petersburg: Izdatel'stvo MAE RAN, pp. 328-37. (In Russian)
  3. Lyakhovich, Anastasia V. (2012) ‘Nominal predication in Waka’. In: Between Niger and Congo: the field work essays. Saint Petersburg: Nestor-Istoriya, pp. 153-60. (In Russian)
  4. Lyakhovich, Anastasia V. (2014) 'Modernist literature of Africa'. In: Modernist literature of Asia and Africa. Saint Petersburg: Izdatel'stvo SPbGU, pp. 339-55. (In Russian)
  5. Lyakhovich, Anastasia V. (2014) ‘Possessive pronouns in Waka’. Anthropology and linguistics: field studies by St. Petersburg researchers, Saint Petersburg: Izdatel'stvo MAE RAN, pp. 175-88. (In Russian)

Articles:

  • Lyakhovich, Anastasia V. (2013) ' "These times of ours...": the creative rearch of Shu'aibu Makarfi'. Vestnik of St. Petersburg University. Ser. 13. (1), pp. 68-73. (In Russian). Available at: https://elibrary.ru/item.asp?id=18906591.
  • Lyakhovich, Anastasia V. (2013) 'Stylistic peculiarities of "Gandoki" by Muhammadu Bello Kagara'. Vestnik of St. Petersburg University. Ser. 13. (2), pp. 60-5. (In Russian). Available at: https://elibrary.ru/item.asp?id=19109661.
  • Lyakhovich, Anastasia V. (2014) ‘Sheikh Umar by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa within the context of Hausa religious literature. Vestnik of St. Petersburg University. Ser. 13. (3), pp. 73–80. (In Russian). Available at: https://elibrary.ru/item.asp?id=21946477.
  • Lyakhovich, Anastasia V. (2015) ‘Some features of the development of the English-language literature in Nigeria (1952-1991)’. Vestnik of St. Petersburg University. Ser. 13. (1), pp. 73–80. (In Russian). Available at: http://vestnik.spbu.ru/html15/s13/s13v1/08.pdf.
  • Lyakhovich, Anastasia V. (2016) ‘Ways of artistic expressiveness in Kome nisan dare by Mahmud Barau Bambale (Nigeria). Part 1’. Vestnik of St. Petersburg University. Ser. 13. (1), pp. 107–114. (In Russian). Available at: http://vestnik.spbu.ru/html16/s13/s13v1/10.pdf.
  • Lyakhovich Anastasia V. (2016) ‘Ways of artistic expressiveness in Kome nisan dare by Mahmud Barau Bambale (Nigeria). Part 2’. Vestnik of St. Petersburg University. Ser. 13. (2), pp. 95–101. (In Russian). Available at: http://vestnik.spbu.ru/html16/s13/s13v2/10.pdf.
  • Lyakhovich, Anastasia V. (2016) ‘Experiments in Hausa literature: an example of Dan Fulani’s fiction’. Vestnik of St. Petersburg University. Ser. 13. (4), pp. 82–89. (In English). Available at: http://vestnik.spbu.ru/html16/s13/s13v4/09.pdf.
  • Lyakhovich, Anastasia V. (2017) ‘Modern poetry of Northern Nigeria: experimental writing by I.B. Garba and Yu. Adamu’. Vestnik of St. Petersburg University. Asian and African studies. Vol. 9(1), pp. 41–49. (In Russian). Available at: http://vestnik.spbu.ru/html17/s13/s13v1/04.pdf.
  • Lyakhovich, Anastasia V. (2017)’ Modern poetry of Northern Nigeria at kano-online.com: discussion and interpretation’. Vestnik of St. Petersburg University. Asian and African studies. Vol. 9(3), pp. 318–325. (In Russian). Available at: http://vestnik.spbu.ru/html17/s13/s13v3/08.pdf.
  • Lyakhovich, Anastasia V. (2018) ‘ “The Water of Cure” by Alhaji Abubakar Imam as an example of Hausa early fiction’. Vestnik of St. Petersburg University. Asian and African studies. Vol. 10(1), pp. 104–117. Available at: http://vestnik.spbu.ru/html18/s13/s13v1/09.pdf.

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