MAËLINE LE LAY is a research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Bordeaux, through the Research Center “Les Afriques dans le monde.” She has published La Parole construit le pays. Théâtre, langues et didactisme au Katanga (RDC) (Honoré Champion, 2014) and, together with Dominique Malaquais and Nadine Siegert, she co-edited the transdisciplinary, bilingual Archive (re)mix. Vues d’Afrique, (Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2015). She is a member of the editing board of the journal Études Littéraires Africaines, the main academic journal in French specializing in African literatures. From historical and anthropological standpoints, her research focuses on theatre, performing arts and literature in the Africa’s Great Lakes Region (DR Congo, Burundi, Rwanda) and their intersections with the humanitarian sector.