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

To register for the African Literature Association Annual Conference 2017 at Yale University taking place June 14 - June 17, 2017, please fill out and submit this form. 

Please note that all conference delegates who are giving papers or chairing panels in the African Literature Association Annual Conference 2017 at Yale University are required to pay ALA membership and must pre-register for the conference. On-site registration will not be available for anyone presenting a paper or participating in a roundtable at the conference.

In order to complete registration at the ALA member rate you will need to supply your Member Access Code (available in the ALA Website “Members Area” http://africanlit.org/membership/ ).

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