Session E

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

E.1 - Roundtable (double-session 2:00-5:15pm): Remembering Buchi Emecheta, 1944-2017

  • An Introduction by the President of the ALA: Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi, PhD
  • A Talk by Sylvester Onwordi: Buchi Emecheta’s son
  • A 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  • Ernest Emenyonu, University of Michigan, Flint – Recalling Close Moments with Buchi at Home and Abroad: Unpublished Anecdotes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 – 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 – A Poem for Buchi
  • Kadija (George) Sesay – Buchi Emecheta: Igbo Woman Storyteller
  • Oty Olaoye – Triumphing over incredible odds: Leaving an everlasting legacy:  Living a life that is more than just your own: Florence Buchi [O-nye-bu-chi] Emecheta
  • Thelma Pinto, Hobart and William Smith Colleges – Continental African Womanism
  • Marie Umeh, John Jay College of Criminal Justice – Poetic Justice for Africana Women: Buchi Emecheta’s Cri de Coeur

E.2 - Roundtable: 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 - Panel 2 of 2: Queer Theory in Film and Fiction – John Hawley, Santa Clara University (Chair)

  • Henrietta Okafor – African Writers and Homosexuality
  • Monique Oshame Ekpong – 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 - Panel 2 of 2: Locating the Un/Popular Arts in Africa and the World – 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
  • Dina Ligaga, University of the Witwatersrand – Popular Culture, New Femininities and Subjectivities: Reading Nairobi Diaries
  • Lynda Spencer, Rhodes University – “Having it all:” (Re)examining “Women’s Culture” and Conspicuous Consumption in Chick-Lit from Africa

E.5 - Panel 4 of 4: LHCALA: Luso-Hispanophone Caucus – Worlding Hispanophone and Lusophone Africa: Convergences – Joanna Boampong, University of Ghana (Chair, tbc)

  • Supriya Daniel, IIT Bombay – The “World” of Mia Couto’s Sleepwalking Land
  • Bruna Pinto, Universidade Estadual Paulista – Between Present and Past: The Decadence and the Failed Figures in Modern Novels of Portuguese Language
  • Cheryl Sterling, The City College of New York, CUNY – Ancestral Time in Trans-formulation in the Afro-Brazilian play, Bença
  • Clauber Cruz, Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”, UNESP-Assis – “World literatures:” The Anthology of African Writers

E.6 - Panel 2 of Seminar – Saharan Identities: Travel, Nomadism, and Saharan Identities – Kevin Hickey, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Chair)

  • Sarah Gilkerson, University of California, Davis – Herding Camels under Purple Rain: Exile and Identity through Tuareg Poetry, Novels, and Activist Literature
  • Sophie Leroy, University of Bristol – Writing from the Margins: Eberhardtian Identity
  • Christa Jones, Utah State University – Human-Animal Encounters Reloaded: The Sahara in Orientalist Travel Writings
  • Whitney Bevill, University of VirginiaCeux qui marchent:  Biopolitics and Nomadism in Malika Mokeddem’s Saharan Novels
  • Mahan Ellison, Bridgewater CollegeLa amada tiris, tierra de nuestros abuelos: The Real and Imaginary Spaces of the Sahara in Contemporary Sahrawi Literature

E.7 - FRACALA: Francophone Caucus Panel: Visions of Creative Power and Perceptions of the World – Amadou Ouedraogo, University of Louisiana, Lafayette (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
  • Amadou Ouedraogo, Universty of Louisiana at Lafayette – Enjeux politiques et vocation didactique dans En attendant le vote des bêtes sauvages d’Ahmadou Kourouma

E.8 - Panel: 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

E.9 - Panel 2 of 2: Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Other Worlds & Future Worlds – Douja Mamelouk, Le Moyne College (Chair)

  • Matthew Eatough, Baruch College, City University of New York – Afro SF and the Planning Imagination
  • Jacinth Howard, University of the West Indies, Cavehill – Migration, Matriarchy and Modern Science Fiction in the works of Nalo Hopkinson and Karen Lord
  • Douja Mamelouk, Le Moyne College – Dystopia in the Egyptian Novel Utopia
  • Raquel Baker, Rhodes College – Worlding Science Fiction: Deji Olukotun’s Nigerians in Space

E.10 - Afropolitanism and Cosmopolitanism – Silvia Riva, University of Milan (Chair)

  • Lydie Moudileno, University of Pennsylvania – Is Afropolitanism the New Black?
  • Onyemaechi Udumukwu, University of Port Harcourt – Okot p’Bitek or Niyi Osundare: The Local and the Cosmopolitan in Modern African Poetry
  • 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 - Panel 2 of 2: Sickness and Health, Literature and Medicine (Chair tbc)

  • Sola Owonibi, Adekunle University, and Ezinwanyi Adam, Babcock University – Exploring the Nexus of Literature and Medicine in African Literary Tradition
  • Emmanuel Yewah, Albion College – (Re)Imagining Medical Knowledge in African Literary Texts
  • Babasinmisola Fadirepo, Louisiana State University – Writing Pain: Reading Incidence of Sickle-Cell Disease in Egbokhare’s Dazzling Mirage

E.12 - African Cinematic Visions (Chair tbc)

  • 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
  • Ezechi Onyerionwu, Abia State Polytechnic – Deconstructing Urban Mythologies: Osuofia in London and Postcolonial Representations of the City of London in Nigerian Film

E.13 - African Texts in American Contexts (Chair tbc)

  • 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
  • Julie Cairnie, University of Guelph – Is Broken Monsters African Literature?
  • Joya Uraizee, Saint Louis University – Diasporic African Literature: Dave Eggers’ What is the What? as a Refugee Narrative
  • Christopher Okonkwo, University of Missouri, Columbia – “It Was Not a Story to Pass On:” Intertexting the Iconic Closings of Things Fall Apart and Beloved

E.14 - Print Cultures & Literary History (Chair tbc)

  • 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.15 - Slavery in West African Narratives (Chair tbc)

  • 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
  • Philomina Mintah, University of Ghana – Interrogating the Silence in Ghanaian Literature on Slavery: Matters Arising
  • Olayemi Ogunniyi, University of Ibadan – Child Slavery in Contemporary West African Region; Effects of Global Capitalism: An Analysis

E.16 - Panel 2 of 2: The Past and Future in East African Literature (Chair tbc)

  • Romy Rajan, University of Florida – Going Beyond the Mau Mau in Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s Dust
  • Robert Wesonga, Kenyatta University – Towards Amity: Projections of Return to Peace in Francis Imbuga’s The Mgofu and John Ruganda’s Shreds of Tenderness
  • 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.17 - Panel 2 of 2: Post-Apartheid Art Worlds (Chair tbc)

  • 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