Session K

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

K.1 – Venue: 212 York, Room 106

African Films: Channels of Distribution
FVM: Film and Visual Media Caucus Roundtable

Ken Harrow, Michigan State University & MaryEllen (Ellie) Higgins, Pennsylvania State University (Chairs)

Reinaldo Barroso-Spech, Co-founder and President of ArtMattan Productions

Olivia Bloom, Vice President, Icarus Films

Jean-Marie Teno, Filmmaker

Diarah N’daw-Spech, ArtMattan Productions & African Diaspora Film Festival

Boukary Sawadogo, City College of New York

K.2 – Venue: LC 210

Review of Books on West African Performance and Popular Culture
EC-sponsored Panel

Carmela Garritano, Texas A&M University (Chair)

Moradewun Adejunmobi, University of California, Davis
Review of Jonathan Haynes’ Nollywood: The Creation of Nigerian Film Genres

Carmela Garritano, Texas A&M University
Review of David Donkor’s Spiders in the Market: Ghanaian Trickster Performance in a Web of Neoliberalism

David Donkor, Texas A&M University (respondent)

K.3 – Venue: 212 York, Room 04

Peter Kimani’s Historical Fictions

Dan Magaziner (Chair)

Grace Musila, Stellenbosch University

Peter Kimani, Aga Khan University

Tomi Adeaga, University of Vienna

Dan Magaziner, Yale University

Book launch, Weds 14 June, 8:30pm
Peter Kimani, Dance of the Jakaranda (Akashic Books), at the Yale University Bookstore table

K.4 – Venue: Loria 351

The State of African Literary Studies
GSCALA: Graduate Caucus Keynote

Tejumola Olaniyan, University of Wisconsin

Matthew Omelsky, Duke University (Chair) 

K.5 – Venue: Loria 250

Meet Imraan Coovadia, South African novelist, essayist and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Cape Town.
Roundtable (sponsored by the Traphagen Alumni Speakers Series, Yale College Office of Student Affairs)

Author of a multigenerational novel, Tales of the Metric System (2014) traversing apartheid and post-apartheid, and other award-winning fiction, and incisive essays on culture and politics

Ketu Katrak, University of California, Irvine (Chair)

K.6 – Venue: Loria B51

Congo to Burundi

Matuku Ngame, Yale University (Chair)

Hugo Bujon, Emory University
Encore obscurément à naitre : le Congo dans Le Ventre de Tchicaya U Tam’si

Michael Dodzi Kudi, University of Calgary
Habiter le vide: le “Moi” francophone en quête d’un destin chez Henri Lopes et Franketienne

Carolin Herzog, University of Bayreuth
Littérature francophone du Burundi: une littérature nationale?

Andre Djiffack, University of Oregon
Et si le Zaïre de Mobutu Sese Seko vous était conté?

K.7 – Venue: Loria B50

Creative Writing: Immigrant Voices in Short Stories: Transnational, Transformative Encounters and Spaces
Panel 2 of 2

Arthur Onipede Hollist, University of Tampa (Chair)

Ada Uzoamaka Azodo, Indiana University Northwest
And So Said Mighty Birdie

Tomi Adeaga, University of Vienna
Speaking Different Tongues

H. Oby Okolocha, University of Benin
As it was, So it is…

Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi (President of ALA), North Carolina State University
An Open Letter To…

Arthur Onipede Hollist, University of Tampa
The Story of a Scar

K.8 – Venue: LC 317

The Worlds of African Literature
Roundtable for Seminar

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

Jeanne-Marie Jackson, Johns Hopkins University
African Literature, Epistemological Decolonization and Intellectual History

Billy Kahora, Managing Editor, Kwani?
Where is African Literature Constructed?: Arguments for an East-Africa Based MFA Programme

Madhu Krishnan, University of Bristol
African Literature and the Production of Space: Preliminary Considerations

Eileen Julien, Indiana University, Bloomington (respondent)

K.9 – Venue: LC 211

Boris Diop and “Que dit Cheikh Anta Diop aux ecrivains africains?”

Jonathon Repinecz, George Mason University (Chair)

Boris Diop, Writer

Cullen Goldblatt, Brown University

Ivy Mills, University of California, Berkeley

Jonathon Repinecz, George Mason University

Fatoumata Seck, College of Staten Island, CUNY

Bhakti Shringarpure, University of Connecticut

K.10 – Venue: LC 105

Social Media and Literary Discourse

Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang, West Virginia University (Chair)

Ainehi Edoro, Marquette University
Social Media Technology and African Literary Discourse

Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang, West Virginia University
From Facebook through Fufu, Jollof, and Nkrumah, to Obama: Satire in Nana Awere Damoah’s My Book of #GHCoats

Brenna Munro, University of Miami
Digitality and Contemporary Nigerian Writing

K.11 – Venue: LC 104

The Worlds of African Feminisms

Ruby Magosvongew, University of Zimbabwe (Chair)

Rachel Rubin, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Diaspora on the Page: The Organization of Women Writers of Africa

Eyiwumi Bolutito Olayinka, University of Ibadan
Globalising and Deglobalising African Feminisms

Fidelis Balogun, Delaware State University
The Self and Narrative Strategies in The Novels of Helen Oyeyemi, Sefi Atta and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ruby Magosvongwe, University of Zimbabwe
Gendered Land Travesties on Southern Africa: Sustainable Futures for All

K.12 – Venue: 220 York, Room 001

New Frames for African Literature
Panel 2 of 2

Aghogho Akpome, University of Zululand (Chair)

Aghogho Akpome, University of Zululand
Conceptualizing Modern African Literatures as Literatures of Transition

Akin Olaniyi, The Polytechnic Ibadan and Moses Osunkunle Oluseyi, The Polytechnic Ibadan
Modern African Literature and the Implementation of a Sustainable Canon for African Literary Interpretation

David Mba’Tambu, University of Yaoundé 1
The Journey Motif in Bole Butake’s Dramaturgy: Lessons for the Developing World

K.13 – Venue: LC 206

Chris Abani in Transnational Settings

Van Kelly, University of Kansas (Chair)

Pim Higginson, University of New Mexico
Eating at the Margins: Foodways in a Postcolonial State

Joshua Dunn, University of South Carolina
Performing Resistance: Reinterpreting the Demolition of Maroko in Chris Abani’s Graceland

James McCorkle, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Chris Abani: A Poetics at the Crossroads of Topography and Gender

Van Kelly, University of Kansas
“To Cut Ichi:” Transnational Geography of Faces in Chris Abani and J-M G. Le Clézio

K.14 – Venue: LC 318

Memory and Migration

Gloria Onyeoziri-Miller, University of British Columbia (Chair)

Mingqing Yuan, University of Bayreuth
Hidden and Intertwined Memories and Spaces: The Global South in Nairobi to Shenzhen

Célia Machado, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
Jewish Characters in Diaspora in Africa and Europe: Pepetela’s Fiction

Japheth Muindu, University of Kabianga
Diasporic Subjectivities in Dinaw Mengestu’s Children of the Revolution

Gloria Onyeoziri-Miller, University of British Columbia
Léonora Miano’s Critique of Forgetting

K.15 – Venue: Loria 360

Semiotic and Linguistic Approaches to African Literature

Oumar Cherif Diop, Kennesaw State University (Chair)

Asabe Kabir Usman, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto
The Politics of Attack through Gendered Hausa Proverbs

Viktorija Bezbradica, Kennesaw State University
Nuruddin Farah’s Sweet and Sour Milk: A Semiotic Approach to Change

Safiya Ismaila, University of Abuja and Cecilia Kato, University of Abuja
Names as Conversation in African Literature: Chinua Achebe’s There Was a Country, Mnguember Vicky Sylvester’s Long Shadows, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Devil on the Cross, and Garricks Chimeka’s Tomorrow Died Yesterday      

Oumar Cherif Diop, Kennesaw State University
“Rape of Semantism” and “Rape of Silence” in Sony Labou Tansi’s La Vie et Demie and Ahmadou Kourouma’s Waiting for the Vote of Wild Beasts