Session A

Wednesday, June 14 • 2:00-3:30pm

A.1 - LHCALA: Luso-Hispanophone Caucus Panel 1 of 4: Worlding Hispanophone and Lusophone Africa: The Politics of Gender – Joanna Boampong, University of Ghana (Chair)

  • Ellen Ryan Robinson, Indiana University, Bloomington – Women Writing (New?) Worlds: Trauma and Polygamy in Mekuy and Chiziane
  • Arthur Hughes, Ohio University – Woman, Nation, and History: Problematizing Female Gender in Nation Formation in Mia Couto’s Mulheres de Cinzas
  • Mezgebu Belay, Addis Ababa University – Feuding and the “Myth of Masculinity” as Expressed through the Traditional Verbal Arts in Eastern Goǧǧam, Amhara Region
  • Joanna Boampong, University of Ghana – Negotiating the “World:” Reflexions on the Female African Protagonist of Hispanophone African Literature

A.2 - Panel: Women’s Voices in South Africa: Rethinking Ourselves and Others – Thelma Pinto, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Chair)

  • Keiko Kusonose – Comparison of Zoe Wicomb to Chimananda Adichie
  • Huma Ibrahim, Regarding Muslims
  • Thelma Pinto, Hobart and William Smith Colleges – Charlotte Maxeke as portrayed by Zubeida Jaffer in Beauty of the Heart

A.3 - EC-sponsored Panel 1 of 2: Human Rights I – Migrant Crises Across the Oceans: Discourses and Perceptions in Africa and Europe – Ketu Katrak, University of California, Irvine (Chair)

  • Tendai Mangena, Bremen University – (Re)negotiating “Illegal” Migrant Identities in Zimbabwean Postcolonial Fiction
  • Tekle Woldemikael, Chapman University – Discourses and Representations of the Drowning of African Refugees in Lampedusa in 2013
  • Mamadou Moustapha Ly, University of Denver – Immigration and National Identity in Quand les murs tombent: L’identité hors-la loi? by Edouard Glissant and Patrick Chamoiseau

A.4 - Panel: Twenty-First Century Maghrebi Cinema: Boundaries Marked, Breached, and Transformed – Suzanne Gauch, Temple University (Chair)

  • Ziad Bentahar, Towson University – Arabic Silenced and Arabic Sung: Language Repression in Nadir Moknèche’s Viva Laldjérie
  • Meg Furniss Weisberg, Wesleyan University – Clandestine Emigration as a Twenty-first Century Meme in North African Cinema and Literature
  • Suzanne Gauch, Temple University – Globalization’s Underworlds: Leila Kilani’s Sur la planche and Moroccan Neo-Noir

A.5 - EC-sponsored Roundtable 1 of 2 – Bernard Binlin Dadié: Living and Creating Beyond his Century: A Tribute to Bernard Binlin Dadié for his 100th Birthday Celebration – Janis A. Mayes & Mohamed Kamara (Chairs)

  • Irène Assiba d’Almeida, The University of Arizona
  • Christophe Konkobo, Austin Peay State University
  • Stella Omonigho, University of Benin
  • Marc Papé, St. John Fisher College
  • Paul Touré, Millikin University – Bernard B. Dadié and the History of Black Experience: Theatre as Agency of Political Emotion
  • Viviane Uetto, Université Nationale de Côte d’Ivoire

A.6 - Panel: African (No)bodies: Revisiting Colonial Narratives through African Films and Literature – Divisha Chummun, Boston University (Chair)

  • Rakotobe (Franck) Andrianarivo, Emory University – Female (Some)bodies in Congolese Fiction
  • Michael Lehman, Emory University – Questioning the Historical Significance of the Nation Through the Ecotones Present in the Poetics of Tchicaya U Tam’si
  • Cristina Onesta, Boston University – The Camera-body…A Skylight on the World. Aujourd’hui by Alain Gomis and The Cathedral by Harrikrisna Anenden
  • Divisha Chummun, Boston University – The Quest of a Chagossian Nation: Amnesic Stories, Fragmented Identity

A.7 - Panel: Well-being and Stories from Rwanda – Sarah Arens, University of Edinburgh (Chair)

  • Laura Apol, Michigan State University – Using the Writing Workshop Model to Facilitate Healing Among Genocide Survivors in Rwanda
  • Nicki Hitchcott, University of St. Andrews – From Mourning to Recuperation in the Writings of Scholastique Mukasonga
  • Hannah Grayson, University of St. Andrews – Resilience in Rwanda: Finding Well-Being in and through Testimonies

A.8 - Panel: Conflict and Struggle in South African Literature – Blessing Diala-Ogamba, Coppin State University (Chair)

  • Chioma Opara, Rivers State University of Science and Technology – Propping Up the Underbelly: Echoes of Repression in Nadine Gordimer’s The Pickup
  • Juliana Daniels, University of Education, Winneba – Diction and the Drapery of Dystopia in Alan Paton’s Cry the Beloved Country
  • Nnenna Oke, Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike – The Dual Aesthetics of Protest and Revolution: Laureate Ngocbo’s And They Didn’t Die
  • Blessing Diala-Ogamba, Coppin State University – Remembering the Women: Conflict and Oppression in Lauretta Ngocbo’s And They Didn’t Die

A.9 - Panel 1 of 3: Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie – Aghogho Akpome, University of Zululand (Chair)

  • Uchenna Uwakwe, Federal University of Technology Owerri; Charles Chukwudi Korie, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education; Chidumga Uche-Uwakwe, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka – Satirized Feminism in Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah
  • Chigbo Anyaduba, University of Manitoba – Hubristic Masculinity and Igboman Blame in Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun
  • Ethel Okeke, Enugu State University of Science and Technology – “Osun Honey:” Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun from an African Sexuality Standpoint
  • 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?
  • Kate Harlin, University of Missouri – Chimamanda Adichie’s Parodies of Periodization 

A.10 - Nollywood: Visions of Space and Disorder (Chair tbc)

  • Kolawole Olaiya, Anderson University – Demonizing Madness: Mental Disorders as Deus Ex Machina in Nollywood Movies
  • Irene Agunloye, University of Jos – My Wife Belongs to the Kitchen, the Living Room and the other Room…: Negotiating Women’s Spaces and Power Relations in the Home through a Feminist Analysis of the Film, A Couple of Days
  • Erlend Paasche, University of Oslo – Beyond a Northern host state perspective: Representations of migration to Europe and back in Nollywood productions
  • Olusegun Soetan, University of Wisconsin, Madison – Auteuring Trash: African Cinema and the Nollywood Phenomenon

A.11 - Conflict and (Anti)Colonial Literary Histories (Chair tbc)

  • Adrien Pouille, Wabash College – Mobility in François Equilbecq’s Essai sur la littérature merveilleuse des noirs (1913) and Bérenger-Féraud’s Contes de la Sénégambie (1885)
  • Andia Augustin-Billy, Centenary College of Louisiana – “Entre deux mondes”: l’anticolonialisme réimaginé dans Le Vieux nègre et la médaille de Ferdinand Oyono
  • Unionmwan Edebiri, University of Benin – Anti-Colonial Resistance in Francophone African Theater
  • Simeon Osazuwa, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma – Le conflit comme fondement de la literature (Conflict as the Bedrock of Literature)
  • Lise Mba Ekani, Louisiana State University – Police, polis et politique du polar Africain francophone

A.12 – Literary Performance in Cyberspace (Chair tbc)

  • Susanna Sacks, Northwestern University – Digital Voices: Negotiating Global Forms & Local Identity in Cape Town Performance Poetry
  • Emmanuel Okoh, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Abuja – Social Media and Misrepresentation in Jude Dibia’s Unbridled
  • Afam Ebeogu, Abia State University, Uturu – Contemporary African Oral Performance: Uche Ogbuagu as a Satirist on the Electronic Media
  • Saeedat Aliyu, Kwara State University – Fictionists in Cyberspace: Lola Opatayo’s Fiction in the Context of World Literature