Session C

Thursday, June 15, 8:45-10:15am

C.1 - Panel: Formal Innovations in Contemporary African Fiction – Eleni Coundouriotis (Chair)

  • Duncan McEachern Yoon, University of Alabama – The Global South Novel: Imaginaries of China in Bofane’s Congo Inc.
  • Sara Hanaburgh, St. John’s University – Cinematic Narrative and the Soundscape in the “New” African Francophone Novel
  • Bhakti Shringarpure, University of Connecticut – Networked Identity, National Identity
  • Monica Popescu, McGill University – Writing the War in Angola: Four Decades of Innovation

C.2 - LHCALA: Luso-Hispanophone Caucus – Panel 3 of 4 – Worlding Hispanophone and Lusophone Africa: Critical Approaches – Joanna Boampong, University of Ghana (Chair)

  • Dosinda Alvite, Denison University – “The West as an Illness:” Critical Approaches by Hispanophone Writers
  • Dorothy Odartey-Wellington, University of Guelph – Whose Land? Whose Literature? Whose World? - Memory and Identity in Saharawi Creative Expression
  • Sarita Addy, University of Western Ontario – Creating a Spanish Identity in Africa
  • Ana Rueda, University of Kentucky – “The Moor from Biscay:” Renegades in Nineteenth-Century Morocco and the Reneging of Spain’s Colonialism

C.3 - Panel I of 2: Queer Theory in Film and Fiction – Ernest Emenyonu, University of Michigan, Flint (Chair)

  • Lindsey Green-Simms, American University – Censorship and Queer East African Screen Media: Notes from the Field
  • William Spurlin, Brunel University London – Politiques Sexuelles/Textuelles en Afrique du Nord: Transcultural Intersections and Translative Displacements in Contemporary Queer Francophone Writing from the Maghreb
  • Matthew Durkin, Duquesne University – Re-membering Queer Africa in Yulisa Amadu Maddy’s No Past, No Present, No Future
  • Grant Andrews, Stellenbosch University – Race and the Boundaries of Desire in South African Queer Film: Oliver Hermanus’s Skoonheid
  • John Hawley, Santa Clara University; Chimalum Nwankwo; Patricia T. Emenyonu, University of Michigan, Flint (Respondents)

C.4 - Panel: After Continental Coherence: Reading African Literature in the Era of World Literature – Magali Armillas-Tiseyra, Pennsylvania State University (Chair)

  • Jeanne-Marie Jackson, Johns Hopkins University – The Novel of Ideas in Africa: Philosophy As/Against the Global.
  • Nienke Boer, Yale-NUS College – Reading Adichie in Singapore: Rethinking Afropolitanism from South and South East Asia
  • Magali Armillas-Tiseyra, Pennsylvania State University – Planetary Detectives: On Genre and the (Post-) Global Circulations of African Literature

C.5 - Panel: Between Fiction and Testimony: African and Afro-diasporic Filmmaking – Patricia Pia-Célérier, Vassar College & Odile Cazenave, Boston University (Chairs)

  • Daniela Ricci, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre – Diasporic Women filming France Today
  • Aliko Songolo, University of Wisconsin, Madison – Aimé Césaire on Screen
  • Patricia Pia-Célérier, Vassar College – Framing the 2010 earthquake in Haïti: Raoul Peck’s Assistance fatale/Fatal Assistance (2013) and Meurtre à Pacot/Murder in Pacot (2014).
  • Odile Cazenave, Boston UniversityRetour au Cahier (2013): Fabienne and Véronique Kanor, Revisiting [One’s] Roots through Writing and Filming

C.6 - Panel: Voices of Political Engagement in Contemporary North African Literature and Beyond – Mildred Mortimer, University of Colorado, Boulder & Sonia Lee, Trinity College (Chairs)

  • Mildred Mortimer, University of Colorado, Boulder – The Trauma of War and the Search for Reconciliation: Maïssa Bey, Entendez-vous dans les montagnes
  • Sonia Lee, Trinity College – Poésie et Engagement, Tahar Bekri, poète tunisien
  • Mary Vogl, Colorado State University – Abdelkebir Khatibi and the Writing of Art as Political Engagement
  • Mona El Khoury, Tufts University – Zahia Rahmani’s Jewish “Harkeology”

C.7 - Panel: African Oral Tradition and Literature in the World “Vernacular” – Mustafa Kemal Mirzeler, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (Chair)

  • Ernest Cole, Hope College – Re-inscribing Trauma on Disfigured Bodies and Maimed Souls: Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love
  • Kasongo M. Kapanga, University of Richmond – Orature through Musicality and Reiteration in Mujila’s Tram 83
  • Mustafa Kemal Mirzeler, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo – African Storytellers in Exile
  • Tunde Akinyemi, University of Florida (discussant)

C.8 - Panel: Resistance, exil et justice sociale dans la literature africaine – Viviane Uetto, Université Nationale de Côte d’Ivoire (Chair)

  • René Gnalega, École Normale Supérieure d’Abidjan – Bernard Dadié et Léon Gontran Damas: Deux Poètes, Une Même Vision du Combat
  • Anoha Clokou, École Normale Supérieure d’Abidjan – Lire et Analyser le Texte Littéraire autrement à partir d’une Étude Musicologique
  • Goré Orphée, École Normale Supérieure d’Abidjan – Poétique d’un Naufrage Programmé
  • Camara Nangala, Collège Notre Dame de la Paix de la Riviera Palmeraie – Désengagement ou Engagement: l’Écrivain Africain peut-il être un Simple Spectateur?
  • Viviane Uetto, Université Nationale de Côte d’Ivoire – Vision Polysémique du Féminin dans la Littérature Africaine d’émigration: Entre Réhabilitation et Caricature

C.9 - WOCALA: Women’s Caucus Panel 1 of 2: Mothers, Daughters, and Gendered Violence – P. Jane Splawn, Livingstone College (Chair)

  • Renée Larrier, Rutgers UniversityFemmes au temps des carnassiers: Dictatorship and Gendered Violence
  • Anthonia Ezeugo & Johnmario Ezeugo, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Igbariam Campus – Female Exploitation and Degradation, An Antecedent to African Underdevelopment: A Feminist Portrait of Tess Onwueme’s What Mama Said
  • Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University – Transnational Feminism: Mothers, Daughters and Gendered Violence in African Women’s Writings

C.10 - Panel 2 of Seminar: The Worlds of African Literature: Worlds, Systems and Limit Cases in the African Republic of Letters – Ranka Primorac, University of Southampton & Madhu Krishnan, University of Bristol (Chairs)

  • Ranka Primorac, University of Southampton – Ordeal, Rebirth and the African Republic of Letters
  • Nathan Suhr-Sytsma, Emory University – “Back to national literatures!” The Nigeria Prize for Literature and the World Republic of Letters
  • Jarad Jon Zimbler, University of Birmingham – Richard Wright’s World

C.11 - Panel 3 of 3: Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie (Chair tbc)

  • Amy Scott, Kennesaw State University – Hierarchy of American Codes: Semiotics and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie       
  • Marame Gueye, East Carolina University – Chimamanda Adichie as the Single Story of African Literature
  • Pauline Ada Uwakweh, North Carolina A&T State University – Stereotypes and the African Writer: Chimamanda Adichie’s Literatures of Immigration
  • Rhonda Cobham-Sander, Amherst College – Digital Displacement in the Work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

C.12 - Panel: The Refugee in African Literature – Alexander Dawson, University of Connecticut (Chair)

  • Susanna L. Sacks, Northwestern University – The Migrant and The Refugee: Contrasting Images of Movement in Zimbabwean Poetry from South Africa
  • Lowell Brower, Harvard University – Cow-less Cowboy Praise Poetry and Weapon-less Warrior Orature: Literary Renaissance in a Rwandan Refugee Camp
  • Arpita Mandal, University of Connecticut – Nuancing the “Refugee” Figure in Literature
  • Alexander Dawson, University of Connecticut – “Mangled Story:” Identity in the Refugee with Disabilities

C.13 - Panel 1 of 2: Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Other Worlds & Future Worlds (Chair tbc)

  • Irikidzayi Manase, University of the Free State – The Literary Imaginings Pitting South Africa and the Global World in a Post-Political and Environment Conflict Future World
  • Alan Muller, University of Bayreuth — Do We (All) Write What We Like?: Biko’s Lie and the Speculative Mode of South African Writing
  • Kirk Sides, University of California, Los Angeles – Thinking the Anthropocene from Africa: Apocalypse and the End of Neoliberal Time
  • Amy Riddle, University of California, Davis – Capital and Infrastructure in Short African Science Fiction

C.14 - North African Performance and Literary Cultures (Chair tbc)

  • Erin Twohig, Georgetown University – Where in the World is Moroccan literature?
  • Jaouad Radouani, Mohamed I University – Women in North African Present Day Theatre: From Tradition to Revolution
  • Nasrin Qader, University of Massachusetts, Amherst – Encounters on Borders of Chance and Destiny
  • Bernard Aresu, Rice University – Global Dissidence, Subjective Agencies: Zohra Drif, Hélène Cixous, and Danielle Michel-Chich on Revolt and Terror
  • Matthew Brauer, Northwestern University – The Politics of the Relation between Text and Territory in the Maghrebi Novel as Atlas

C.15 - Panel 1 of 2: Masculinities (Chair tbc)

  • Matthew Drollette, University of Wyoming – An Argument against Ethnographically Interpreting Masculinity in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
  • Chinwe Ezeifeka, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Akwa – Patriarchal Legitimization Strategies in Igbo Gender-Related Taboos: A Case for Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Omolola Ladele, Lagos State University, Ojoo – Negotiating Masculinist Traditions: A Study of Heroines in Akinwunmi Isola’s Historical Dramas

C.16 - African-Caribbean and African-American Connections (Chair tbc)

  • 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
  • Moustapha Ndour, Indiana University, Bloomington – Contemporary African and Caribbean Literatures: Some Comparative Reflections
  • Dale Byam, Brooklyn College CUNY – African Sensibility in the Work and Practice of August Wilson
  • Sara Gallagher, University of Waterloo – “I will write for you:” Jennie Carter, The San Francisco Elevator, and African-American Periodical Culture in the American West

C.17 - Panel 1 of 2: The Past and Future in East African Literature (Chair tbc)

  • Charles Cantalupo, Pennsylvania State University – Violence, Bordering on Epic, in the—Colonial, Pre and/or Post—Eritrean Literary Space
  • Alex Wanjala, University of Nairobi – Globalism, Cosmopolitanism and their Effects on (Re) Defining the Kenyan Literary Text
  • Jennifer Ongalo, Avondale College of Higher Education – Dala: Appropriation of Luo identity and belonging in Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye’s Coming to Birth
  • Jack Ogembo, University of Kabianga – Critical Evaluation of Literary Use of Space for Urban Social Configuration and Development in Going Down River Road by Meja Mwangi

C.18 - Panel 1 of 2: Learning and Teaching In/From African & Caribbean Literatures – Andrew Armstrong, University of the West Indies (Chair)

  • Jennifer Horwitz, Tufts University – A Global Education System in Aidoo’s Our Sister Killjoy
  • Lafleur Cockburn, University of the West Indies – Promoting Inclusivity in the Caribbean Literary Canon: A Reading of Vincentian Writers
  • Cynthia Ward, University of Hawaii, Manoa – Identity Politics and Postcolonial Pedagogy: Teaching Nigerian Literature at the University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • Xin Li, Speaking from the Silence—Language, Violence and History in M. Nourbese Philip’s Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence