Session E

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

E.1 – Venue: Loria 250

Remembering Buchi Emecheta, 1944-2017
Sponsored by the Yale English Department
Roundtable (double-session 2:00-5:15pm)

Introduction: Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi, PhD, President of the ALA

Talk by Sylvester Onwordi, Buchi Emecheta’s son

Preface by Nana Ayebia Clarke, Celebrating Buchi Emecheta: Through the Lens of the African Writers Series

Ernest Emenyonu, University of Michigan, Flint
Recalling Close Moments with Buchi at Home and Abroad: Unpublished Anecdotes

Helen Chukwuma, Jackson State University
The Feminism of Buchi Emecheta

Anthonia Kalu, University of California, Riverside
Buchi Emecheta: Writing African Womanhood, Feminism and Motherhood

Akachi Ezeigbo, Federal University Ndufu-Alike
Emecheta and the Rise of the African Feminist Literary Tradition

Ada Azodo, Indiana University Northwest
Buchi Emecheta: Feminist with a small “f” indeed

Wangui Wa Goro, Translator/Translation Theorist and Promoter SIDENSI 
Buchi Emecheta: Lighting the Path as Maker of a Transgressive Dream

Carole Boyce-Davies, Cornell University
Talking Back with Buchi Emecheta

Debra Boyd, North Carolina Central University
Buchi Emecheta: An African-American Sister Remembers

Abena Busia, Rutgers University
A Poem for Buchi

Kadija (George) Sesay, University of Brighton
Buchi Emecheta: Igbo Woman Storyteller

Otymeyin Agbajoh-Laoye, Monmouth University
Living a Life that is More than Just Your Own and Triumphing

Thelma Pinto, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Continental African Womanism

Marie Umeh, The City University of New York
Poetic Justice for Africana Women: Buchi Emecheta’s Cri de Coeur!

E.2 – Venue: 212 York, Room 106

The Practice of the Humanities in the Age of Big Man Politics

Laura Murphy, Loyola University (Chair)

Gaurav Desai, University of Michigan

Laura Murphy, Loyola University

Ato Quayson, University of Toronto

Pallavi Rastogi, Louisiana State University

E.3 – Venue: Loria B51

Queer Theory in Film and Fiction
Panel 2 of 2

John Hawley, Santa Clara University (Chair)

Monique Oshame Ekpong, Veritas University, Abuja
Ama Ata Aidoo’s Countering of Patriarchy in Changes: A Love Story

Edgar Nabutanyi, Makerere University
As Ugandan as Matooke: The Gentrification of Queer Sexuality in Recent Ugandan Historical Novels

Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi, Western University, Ontario
Queer Predation, Wellness, and the Juxtapolitical Lives of Sex

Sheila Giffen, University of British Columbia
Queer Aesthetic Production in K. Sello Duiker’s The Quiet Violence of Dreams

E.4 – Venue: LC 211

Locating the Un/Popular Arts in Africa and the World
Panel 1 of 2

Lynda Spencer, Rhodes University (Chair)

Corinne Sandwith, University of Pretoria
Reading and Roaming the Racial City: R. R. R. Dhlomo in The Bantu World

Grace Musila, Stellenbosch University
Desire and Freedom in the Fiction of Yvonne Vera and Toni Morrison

Lynda Spencer, Rhodes University
“Having it all:” (Re)examining “Women’s Culture” and Conspicuous Consumption in Chick-Lit from Africa

E.5 – Venue: 220 York, Room 001

Worlding Hispanophone and Lusophone Africa: Convergences
LHCALA: Lusophone/Hispanophone Caucus – Panel 3 of 3

Arthur Hughes, Ohio University (Chair)

Supriya Daniel, IIT Bombay
The “World” of Mia Couto’s Sleepwalking Land

Cheryl Sterling, The City College of New York
Ancestral Time in Trans-formulation in the Afro-Brazilian play, Bença

Dosinda Alvite, Denison University
“The West as an Illness:” Critical Approaches by Hispanophone Writers

Clauber Cruz, Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”, UNESP-Assis
“World literatures:” The Anthology of African Writers

E.6 – Venue: LC 105

Saharan Identities: Travel, Nomadism, and Saharan Identities
Panel 2 of Seminar

Kevin Hickey, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Chair)

Christa Jones, Utah State University
Human-Animal Encounters Reloaded: The Sahara in Orientalist Travel Writings

Mahan Ellison, Bridgewater College
La amada tiris, tierra de nuestros abuelos: The Real and Imaginary Spaces of the Sahara in Contemporary Sahrawi Literature

Maria G. Traub, Neumann University
A Forgotten Prototype of Algerian Women’s Writing: Histoire de ma vie: Fadhma Ait Mansour Amrouche

E.7 – Venue: Loria 351

Visions of Creative Power and Perceptions of the World
FRACALA: Francophone Caucus Panel

Christophe Konkobo, Austin Peay State University (Chair)

Aimé Angui, Université d’Abidjan-Cocody 
La répression du pouvoir politique et ses conséquences victimaires dans l’oeuvre romanesque de Mohamed-Alioum Fantouré

Debra Boyd, North Carolina Central University
Jeunesse et quête du moi dans l’œuvre de Y. Khadra et de A. Diallo

Christophe Konkobo, Austin Peay State University
Auteur et Autorité: Mises en jeu du créateur dans le théâtre de Koffi Kwahulé

E.8 – Venue: 212 York, Room 04A

Les enjeux de la mémoire dans la literature actuelle du Congo RDC: entre fragments mémoriels et present perpétuel

Éloïse Brézault, Saint Lawrence University (Chair)

Karen Bouwer, University of San Francisco
Samantha à Kinshasa: apesanteur et mémoire en transit

Katherine Tidmarsh, Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7)
Tram 83: Trains, traumatismes et transnationalisme dans les écrits de Fiston Mwanza Mujila

Éloïse Brézault, Saint Lawrence University
Mondialisation et “afrocontemporanéité” dans Congo Inc. ou comment repenser la mémoire colonial

Viviane Uetto, Ecole Normale Supérieure d’Abidjan
Vision Polysémique du Féminin dans la Littérature Africaine d’émigration: Entre Réhabilitation et Caricature

E.9 – Venue: LC 205

Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Other Worlds & Future Worlds
Panel 2 of 2

Douja Mamelouk, Le Moyne College (Chair)

Matthew Eatough, Baruch College, City University of New York
Afro SF and the Planning Imagination

Douja Mamelouk, Le Moyne College
Dystopia in the Egyptian Novel Utopia

Raquel Baker, Rhodes College
Worlding Science Fiction: Deji Olukotun’s Nigerians in Space

Michelle Clarke, SOAS
New Waves: Blue Ecocriticism and the “Postlocal” in Okorafor’s The Book of Phoenix and Lagoon

E.10 – Venue: LC 317

Afropolitanism and Cosmopolitanism

Silvia Riva, University of Milan (Chair)

Lydie Moudileno, University of Pennsylvania
Is Afropolitanism the New Black?

Silvia Riva, University of Milan
World Literature in the African Literary Landscape        

Bernard Ayo Oniwe, University of South Carolina
The Global Imagination and 21st Century African Novels

E.11 – Venue: LC 104

Popular and Cinematic Visions of Change

Patrick Mensah, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Chair)

Patrick Mensah, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Rethinking the Politics of Conflict, Decolonization, and the Nation-State; Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu (2014), and Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s Johnny Mad Dog (2009)

Bernie Lombardi, Rutgers University
A New Immigrant Aesthetic: Still and Moving Images in Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother of George

Nafeesa Nichols, University of Bergen
Popular Culture in Niq Mhlongo’s After Tears and Kgebetli Moele’s Room 207

E.12 – Venue: 212 York, Room 004

African Texts in American Contexts

John Masterson, University of Sussex (Chair)

John Masterson, University of Sussex
Black Lives Scatter in Obama’s Late Period: Writing Risk, Risky Writing and Deferred Dreams in Teju Cole’s Known and Strange Things and Okey Ndibe’s Never Look an American in the Eye

Jerome Masamaka, University of Ghana
From Dystopia to Utopia, Mythopoeia to Ethiopia: The Rhetoric of Dis/Placement and pan African Zionism in the Root Reggae lyrics of Joseph Hill

Joya Uraizee, Saint Louis University
Diasporic African Literature: Dave Eggers’ What is the What? as a Refugee Narrative

E.13 – Venue: LC 208

Print Cultures & Literary History

Stéphane Robolin, Rutgers University (Chair)

Stéphane Robolin, Rutgers University
Subterranean Circulations: Banned Books and Apartheid South Africa’s Institutional Underground

Maria-Gratias Sinon, SUNY Buffalo
Examining Ivoirian Writers’s Publishing Challenges: The General History of Publishing in Ivory Coast and the Relationship between Editors, Writers, and Readers

Kerry Manzo, Texas Tech University
Not a Network, but a Rhizome: The Mbari Movement and the Internationalization of African Literature

Bernth Lindfors, University of Texas, Austin
Some Early Soyinka Letters

E.14 – Venue: Loria B50

Slavery in West African Narratives

Kerry Sinanan, National University of Ireland, Galway (Chair)

Kerry Sinanan, National University of Ireland, Galway
“Scrapeing the world for money:” Nicholas Owen’s African Journal of a Slave Dealer

Anthea Morrison, University of West Indies
From Elmina to Charleston: Cartographies of remembering in Caryl Phillips’ The Atlantic Sound

Paul McElhinny, University of South Carolina
A Shared Nightmare

E.15 – Venue: Loria 360

The Past and Future in East African Literature
Panel 2 of 2

Kate Haines Wallis, University of Bristol (Chair)

Romy Rajan, University of Florida
Going Beyond the Mau Mau in Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s Dust

Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire, King’s College, London
The Introversion of Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

Aurélie Journo, Université Paris 13
Literary Media as “Loaded Vehicles” in World Literature: A Case Study of the Kenyan Journal Kwani?

E.16 – Venue: LC 210

Post-Apartheid Art Worlds
Panel 2 of 2

Lisa Propst, Clarkson University (Chair)

Lisa Propst, Clarkson University
Truth Commissions and Wordless Transformations in Post-Transitional South African Literature

Daniel Gover, Kean University
Zakes Mda: A Higher Love

Kudzayi Ngara, University of the Free State
Schizophrenic Urbanities – Identity, Spectacle and the Absurd in Ivan Vladislavić’s Early Short Stories

Jan Steyn, Cornell University
“Translated from the Dead:” Contemporaneity in “The Reading” by Ivan Vladislavić