Session F

Thursday, June 15, 3:45-5:15pm

F.1 - Roundtable (double-session, cont’d): Remembering Buchi Emecheta, 1944-2017 (as in E.1, above)

F.2 - Panel: Early Written Literature in African Languages: Pre-1900 Texts – Wendy Belcher, Princeton University (Chair)

  • Morgan J. Robinson – In the Pages of Msimulizi: Tracing a Swahili Literary Magazine and Network of the Late-Nineteenth Century
  • Yideg Alemayehu, Mekelle University – Hybrid Narrative Technique in the Ethiopian Hagiography Gädlä Yəmˁatta
  • Hagos Abrha, Mekelle University – Geˁez Qəne Poetry: The Only Room for Criticizing God in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

F.3 - Roundtable: “Stepping Over the Dead”: Towards a Global Analytic of the “Afterlife of Slavery” – Selamawit Terrefe, University of California, Irvine (Chair)

  • Cecilio Cooper, Northwestern University
  • Jerome Dent, University of Rochester
  • Benjamin Ndugga-Kubaye
  • Mojúbàolú Olúfúnké Okome, Brooklyn College CUNY
  • Janelle Rodriques
  • Mlondolozi Zondi

[This panel will be followed by break-out session in Af-Am house, venue tbc]

F.4 - Roundtable: Imperfect Presents: A Roundtable on the Politics and Aesthetics of Disappointment In and Beyond South Africa – Andrew van der Vlies, Queen Mary University of London (Chair)

  • Jacob Dlamini, University of Johannesburg
  • Brenna Munro, University of Miami
  • Lily Saint
  • Andrew van der Vlies, Queen Mary University of London

F.5 - EC-sponsored Human Rights Panel 2 of 2: Student Human Rights in Africa – Samuel Zadi, Central Connecticut State University (Chair)

  • Jill Planche, Brock University – “Interlocutors and Sense-makers”: #Feesmustfall Protests as Theatrical Event in Post-Apartheid South Africa
  • Jamal Gabobe, University of Washington – Student Revolt and Diasporic Consciousness
  • Tsitsi Jaji, Duke University – Black Lives Matter: African Experiences of Police Violence and Student Activism

F.6 - TRACALA Roundtable of Seminar: Local Languages, World Readerships: East African Literary Translation – (Sponsored by the Princeton African Humanities Colloquium + logo): Translating 18th-19th-Century Swahili Poetry into English – Meg Arenberg, Princeton University (Chair)

  • Ann Biersteker, Michigan State University – selection from “Chuo cha Herekali”/ “Utendi wa Tambuka” (18th century poem), Bwana Mwengo Athmani
  • Annmarie Drury, Queens College CUNY – selection from Kale ya Washairi wa Pemba (collection of late 19th-century and early 20th-century poetry), including poems by Kamange and Sarahani
  • Clarissa Vierke, University of Bayreuth – selection from oral poems of Bwana Zahidi Mnugmi’s Poetry (19th century Northern Kenya)

F.7 - FVM: Film and Visual Media Caucus Panel 2 of 2: African Films and Global Analytical Frameworks II – MaryEllen (Ellie) Higgins, Pennsylvania State University (Chair)

  • Yvette Ngum, Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies – Reimagining Afropolitan Life in Contemporary Visual Media in Sara Blecher’s Ayanda And the Mechanic
  • Lindiwe Dovey, SOAS, University of London – “Worlding” African Cinema: A Gaze Through the Films of Jyoti Mistry
  • P. Julie Papaioannou, University of Rochester – A Global Perspective in a Crystal Ball: Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s Naked Reality
  • MaryEllen (Ellie) Higgins, Pennsylvania State University – “Worlding” the Closed Timeframes of Resilient Life in Yamina Bachir Chouikh’s Rachida and Judy Kibinge’s Something Necessary

F.8 - Panel: Le théâtre de Bernard Dadié: une esthétique dramatique originale pour l’éternité Littéraire – Roland Kouakou Kouassi, Université Alassane Ouattara (Chair)

  • Joachim Kei, Université Alassane Ouattara – Etude grammaticale de la nuisance environnementale: aspect lexical et interprétatif dans Béatrice du Congo de Bernard Dadié
  • N’da Kouakou Cyrille de Paul Yao, Université Alassane Ouattara – Les nuances causales dans les conversations de Mhoi Ceul: un jeu de la parole
  • Célestin Djah Dadié, Université Alassane Ouattara – La poéticité du théâtre dadiéen: la question du rythme dans Iles des tempêtes
  • Mathias Gohy Irié Bi, Université Alassane Ouattara – Le rire chez Bernard Dadié, le cas de Tôgô gnini
  • Roland Kouakou Kouassi, Université Alassane Ouattara – Le parallélisme discursif dans le texte dramatique dadien: vers un théâtre narré

F.9 - Roundtable of Seminar: Saharan Identities – Kevin Hickey, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Chair)

  • Sophia Azeb, New York University
  • Whitney Bevill, University of Virginia
  • Latifa Bounou, SUNY Oneonta
  • Mark Drury, Queens College CUNY
  • Mahan Ellison, Bridgewater College
  • Mohamed Ghousmane, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Sarah Gilkerson, University of California, Davis
  • Christa Jones, Utah State University
  • Sophie Leroy, University of Bristol
  • Maria G. Traub, Neumann University

F.10 - Petro-Cultures & Petro-Literatures in the Niger-Delta – Aghogho Akpome, University of Zululand (Chair)

  • Lava Asaad, Middle Tennessee State University – Local Petrocultures Within A Global Environment: Nigerian Ecological and Human Crises in Helon Habila’s Oil on Water
  • Onuora Benedict Nweke, Federal University Ndufu-Alike – Faces and Dimensions of Conflict in the Niger Delta Donundrum in Two Nigerian Novels
  • Abiodun Olayiwola, Obafemi Awolowo UniversityBlack November: New Nollywood and the Discourse of Niger-Delta Insurgencies
  • Akin Olaniyi , The Polytechnic, Ibadan – Redemptive Violence and the Niger Delta Question in Nigerian Literature
  • Aisha Umar, Ahmadu Bello University, Joyce Agofure, Ahmadu Bello University, and Keston Odiwo, Ahmadu Bello University – Conflict, Ecologies and Literature: An Appraisal of Zakes Mda’s The Heart of Redness and Helon Habila’s Oil on Water

F.11 - Crime Literature (Popular Culture) (Chair tbc)

  • Karen Ferreira-Meyers, University of Swaziland – Chinese in Africa: How to Live Together, or Not? A Brief Reading of the Presence of China in African Crime Novel
  • Colette Guldimann, University of Pretoria – Crimes from the Cape to Casablanca: The Hypothetical Detective and the Emergence of the Postcolonial Police Novel in South and North Africa
  • Tyler Scott Ball, York University – The Sleuths of Sof’town: South Africa’s Drum Generation and the American Hard-boiled Tradition

F.12 - Music, Performance, and Nigerian Popular Cultures (Chair tbc)

  • Olatunbosun Samuel Adekogbe, Obafemi Awolowo University – Energizing Communities through Popular Music for Sub Cultural Group Identity: Inferences from Selected Musical Tracks of Chief Ebenezer Obey
  • Ofure O. M. Aito, Federal University Lokoja – Gender, Popular Culture and the Art of Female Drumming in Contemporary Yoruba Land
  • Chinasa Anokwuru, University of Texas, Austin – Asa’s Art: Yoruba Spirituality and Identity in the Neo-Diaspora
  • Matthew Spencer, Middle Tennessee State University – World Music or World Literature?: A Comparative Reading of the Protest Songs of Bob Dylan and Fela Kuti

F.13 - Queering African Literature – William Spurlin, Brunel University, London (Chair)

  • Marcie Casey, Auburn University – Monstrosity of the Mulatta Medusa: A Queering of Color in Zora Neale Hurston’s Color Struck
  • Thato Magano, University of the Witswatersrand – Troubling Achebe’s Africa: On Madness and Mythology as the Queer in Post-Colonial Literatures
  • Maude Adjarian, St. Edward’s University – Bi-Sexing the Body Politic: Mimicry, Modernity, and Embodiment in The Battle of Algiers
  • Yuan-Chih Yen, University of the Witswatersrand – Love in the Queer Time of South Africa: Be(com)ing in Barbara Adair’s In Tangier We Killed a Blue Parrot and End

F.14 - Southern African Women Writers (Chair tbc)

  • Mbongeni Malaba, University of KwaZulu-Natal – Women’s Writing in Namibia: An Analysis of Coming on Strong and Between Yesterday and Tomorrow
  • Naomi Nkealah, University of South Africa – Cameline Agency: A New Agenda for Social Transformation in South African Women’s Writing 2012-2014
  • Renee Schatteman, Georgia State University – When the Subaltern Speaks, She Has a Lot to Say: The Transformative Vision of Sindiwe Magona

F.15 - Narrating Change through Women – Safoura Boukari, Western Illinois University (Chair)

  • Shirin Edwin, Sam Houston State University – Geopolitical and Global (Ex) Changes: African Muslim Women, Interfaith Dialogues and Anxieties about Africa’s Global Place
  • Abiola Fasoranti, University of Ilorin – Women as Change Agents in Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Micere Githae Mugo’s The Trial of Dedan Kimathi
  • Victoria Meye Beri, University of Yaounde – Generational and Gender Conflicts in African Literature
  • Chioma Toni-Duruaku, Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri  and A. B. C. Duruaku– Literature and Social Change: Ifeoma Okoye’s Soul Healers and Between Women
  • Safoura Boukari, Western Illinois University –  Through the Lens of Unsung African Story-Tellers: AfriKan Women’s Activism & The Primacy of Motherhood: Pillar for Social Status

F.16 - Panel 1 of 2: African Diasporas & the Production of Place – Lokangaka Losambe, University of Vermont (Chair)

  • Lokangaka Losambe, University of Vermont – Post-hybrid Conjunctive Consciousness in the Literature of the New African Diaspora
  • Kuldip Kuwahara, North Carolina Central University – Celebrating African Diasporic Cultural Consciousness: Soyinka’s Dance Motif and Zora’s Search for Sunshine
  • Njeri Githire, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities – The Other African Diaspora: The Indian Ocean and African Literatures
  • Kritish Rajbhandari, Northwestern University – Displacing Colonial Past through Metafiction: Affective Economies of the Indian Ocean in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Desertion

F.17 - African Literature, World Literature – Cheryl Sterling, The City College of New York, CUNY (Chair)

  • Hicham Gourgem, Carleton University – The Politics of Writing Africa: Global Literary Space and the Contemporary African Novel
  • Stephen Ney, University of Sierra Leone – Manichaeism in the Age of Postcolonial Literary Criticism and Beyond: Augustine, Fanon, and Cheah
  • Samantha Pinto, Georgetown University – Re-Routing Afro-Pessimism through African Literature
  • Hilary Kowino, University of Minnesota, Duluth – African Regeneration: Thinking Beyond Global Disruptions