Africa and the World: Literature, Politics, and Global Geographies

The theme chosen for the June 14-17, 2017 conference at Yale seeks to engage with and interrogate recent shifts in critical and theoretical frameworks from regional, national, and “postcolonial” models towards “world literature” as a framework for understanding the literatures of the Global South. How useful is the category of world literature in our ongoing contestation of Eurocentrism in the interpretation of African literatures and cultures? What possibilities are offered by African literatures and cultures for (re)imagining the world, including the “world” posited by recent theorizations?

The conference also addresses the ongoing implications for the continent of global analytical frameworks, including those used to think about urbanization, gender and sexuality, public health, politics, regional identities, and the environment. How are these frameworks mediated in African literatures and cultures?

Papers, pre-constituted panels, seminars, and roundtables will be in the following areas, and on other topics relating to ALA members’ research, and caucus interests:

  • African literatures, world literatures
  • Audiences and readerships
  • Conflict and literature
  • Diasporic and transnational connections
  • Digital and social media
  • Global aftermaths of slavery
  • Popular arts
  • Publishing in Africa
  • Urbanism and literature


On-site registration will be available at the conference (for non-presenters only).

Registration is located at the Afro-American Cultural Center, 211 Park Street, New Haven.

On-site, 4-day conference registration - $225

On-site, day pass - $75

Tuesday June 13 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday June 14 – 8:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday June 15 – 8:30am – 5:00pm
Friday June 16 – 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday June 17 – 8:30am – 12noon

If staying overnight, please check-in to your accommodation before proceeding to registration desk.

If you are a presenter and require assistance, please email ala2017@yale.edu