Session B

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm

B.1 – Venue: 212 York, Room 004A

Tropes of Urbanity: Imagining African Urban Spaces Across Media

Deborah Nyangulu, University of Muenster & Magdalena Pfalzgraf, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt (Chairs)

Deborah Nyangulu, University of Muenster & Magdalena Pfalzgraf, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt
Introducing the Roundtable Tropes of Urbanity: Questions and Conceptions

Aurore Bonardin-Cadet, Université de La Réunion
Experiencing Streets and Reaching a Capetonian Cultural Democracy

Deborah Nyangulu, University of Muenster & Magdalena Pfalzgraf, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt
Summing Up the Discussion: Directions in Studying the Urban

B.2 – Venue: Loria B50

Gender Performance and Performativity on the African Stage

Heather Denyer, The Graduate Center, CUNY (Chair)

Julia Goldstein, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Desperate to Fight: Twenty-First Century Women Protagonists in East African Drama by Female Playwrights

Jaouad Radouani, Mohamed I University
Women in North African Present Day Theatre: From Tradition to Revolution

Heather Denyer, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Subversive Acts: Writing Gender and Sexuality in the Contemporary Theatre of Benin, Togo, and Burkina Faso

B.3 – Venue: Loria B51

Narratives of Fictional Black Women in the Political Arena

P. Jane Splawn, Livingstone College (Chair)

M. J. Simms-Maddox, Livingstone College (Guest Author)

Virginia Phiri, Zimbabwe Women Writers (discussant)

Marie Umeh, The City University of New York (discussant)

B.4 – Venue: Loria 360

The Evolution and Development of the Novel in African Languages

Ernest Emenyonu, University of Michigan, Flint (Chair)

Ernest Emenyonu, University of Michigan

Anthonia Kalu, University of California, Riverside

Chimalum Nwankwo, Nnamdi Azikiwe University

B.5 – Venue: LC 211

A Roundtable on Publishing for Graduate Students and Junior Faculty Members
GSCALA: Graduate Caucus

Matthew Omelsky, Duke University (Chair)

Lindsey Green-Simms, American University

Abioseh Porter, Drexel University

Kerry Manzo, Texas Tech University

Anne Adams, SUNY Cortland/Cornell University

B.6 – Venue: Loria 351

The Worlds of African Literature: Popular Culture, Literary Systems and Vernacular Approaches to Worlding African Literature
Panel I of Seminar

Ranka Primorac, University of Southampton & Madhu Krishnan, University of Bristol (Chairs)

Kate Haines Wallis, University of Bristol
Re-Mapping World Systems Through Nairobi’s Literary Networks from Joe to Kwani?

Christopher Ouma, University of Cape Town & Madhu Krishnan, University of Bristol
Corridors of Storytelling: Kwani?’s Genealogies of Cultural Production

Ruth Bush, University of Bristol & Claire Ducournau, Université Paul Valéry
Reading Cultures in Francophone African Magazines

B.7 – Venue: Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Lecture Hall, Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street

Launch of Imagine Africa, Vol. 3: Readings by Authors

Bhakti Shringarpure, University of Connecticut (Chair)

Emmanuel Dongala, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Akin Adesokan, Indiana University, Bloomington

Charles Cantalupo, Pennsylvania State University

Kai Krienke, Bard High School Early College

Sara Hanaburgh, St. John’s University

Jill Schoolman, Publisher, Archipelago Books

Followed by book launch at 8:00pm
Archipelago Books bookstall, Booksellers’ Area, Afro-American Cultural Center

B.8 – Venue: 212 York, Room 004

Native Life in South Africa in its Time and Ours

Bhekizizwe Peterson, University of Witswatersrand (Chair)

Khwezi Mkhize, University of Cape Town

Bhekizizwe Peterson, University of Witswatersrand

Janet Remmington, University of York

Tsitsi E. Jaji, Duke University

Andrew van der Vlies, Queen Mary University of London

Followed by book launch, 7:30pm
Bheki Peterson, Brian Willan & Janet Remmington,
Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa: Past and Present, at the Yale University Bookstall in the Booksellers’ Area, Afro-American Cultural Center

B.9 – Venue: LC 104

Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
Panel 1 of 2

Kate Harlin, University of Missouri (Chair)

Ijeoma Ann Ngwaba (nee Ibeku), Federal University Oye-Ekiti
Discovery of Self in Alice Walker’s Now is the Time to Open Your Heart and Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah

Pauline Ada Uwakweh, North Carolina A&T State University
Stereotypes and the African Writer: Chimamanda Adichie’s Literatures of Immigration

Darina Pugacheva, Louisiana State University
Deterritorialized Hair: Hair Narrative and Diaspora in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah

Daria Tunca, University of Liège
Portrait of the Artist as a Global Fashion Icon: How Postcolonial is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Lip Gloss Friendly” Feminism?

B.10 – Venue: 220 York, 002

Reviving the Voice and Rights of African Children in Literature

Chielozona Eze, Northeastern Illinois University (Chair)

Rev. Loretta Opara, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education
Cultural Integration and Identity Formation through Children’s Folklore: The Case of Nsukka Traditional Community

Rose A. Sackeyfio, Winston Salem State University
Coming of Age to War: The Making of a Child Soldier in Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala

B.11 – Venue: LC 205

Homecomings, Homegoings: Yaa Gyasi’s Diasporic Consciousness

Sue Houchins, Bates College (Chair)

Jocelyn Taylor, Mount Royal University 
Familial Divisiveness and the Construction of History: Ama Ata Aidoo’s Two Sisters and Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing

Joseph McLaren, Hofstra University
Global Trajectories: Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and the Challenges of the Diasporic Novel

Reshmi Hebbar, Oglethorpe University
Diasporic Slavery: Transnational Labor Exploitation in Afro-American Slave Narratives by Jacobs, Wilson, and Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing

Sue Houchins, Bates College 
“The Journey is Home:” Re-thinking and Re-defining Diasporic Identity in Whitehead and Gyasi

B.12 – Venue: 220 York, Room 001

Apartheid’s Worlds

Daniel Mengara, Montclair State University (Chair)

Deena Dinat, University of British Columbia
Reading from Fire: South African Literature, Violent Histories

Jess Lundy, Mount Royal University
Stranger than Fiction: Forms of Eugenics in South Africa’s Apartheid-Era

Shaun Viljoen, Stellenbosch University
Peter Abrahams at the Cape and in the World

Daniel Mengara, Montclair State University
From Villain to Messiah: The “Jesusfication” of King Chaka in Thomas Mofolo’s Chaka

B.13 – Venue: 212 York, Room 106

Migration and Diaspora in West African Literatures

William Spurlin, Brunel University London (Chair)

Toure Fatoumata Epse Cisse, Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny
Stratégies, audience et lectorat de la littérature diasporique ouest-africaine

Patricia Seuchie, Christopher Newport University
L’écriture de l’immigration dans le roman francophone: images et discours par et sur les étrangers africains en France

Mathias Gohy Irié Bi, Université Alassane Ouattara
Consruction d’une identite des litteratures Africaines et de la diaspora Africaine dans un context non-Africain/mondial

Micheline Rice-Maximin, Swarthmore College
Histoire, non-histoire et mémoire collective dans la Diaspora africaine