Session G

Friday, June 16, 8:45-10:15am

G.1 - Roundtable: Meet the Author: Jennifer Makumbi with Aaron Bady (Chair)

G.2 - Panel 1 of 2: The Cinematic City: Desire, Form and the African Urban: Space and Motion – Polo Moji, University of the Witswatersrand (Chair)

  • David Kerr, University of Johannesburg – Urban Spaces of Fantasy, Desire in Tanzanian Music Videos
  • Netty Nobunye Levin, University of the Witswatersrand – Willful Walking
  • Eddie Ombagi, University of the Witswatersrand – How Do Spaces Speak?
  • Nduka Jacob Mntambo, University of the Witswatersrand – Johannesburg as a Moving Target

G.3 - Panel: African Narratives in the World Context – Geetha Ramanathan, West Chester University (Chair)

  • Mohamed Ghousmane, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences – Le folklore et l’expression de la performance dans les chants: Folklore and Performance in the Songs of Kel Ewey Tuareg of Air (Niger)
  • Marilia Fatima de Oliveira, Fundação Universidade Federal do Tocantins – Finding Paths: Literary Production and South African Apartheid
  • Geetha Ramanathan, West Chester University – Home and the World: The Fictions of Gordimer and Wicomb
  • Modupe Olaogun, York University, Toronto – The Desert and Postcolonial Migration in Nadine Gordimer’s The Pickup and Bethlehem Gebreyohannes’ Fire Walkers: Memoir

G.4 - Panel (Sponsored by Yale Department of Classics www.yale.edu/classics): Classics in Africa/n America – Sarah Derbew, Yale University (Chair)

  • Heidi Morse, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – Re-Embodying Cleopatra, De-Classifying Antiquity: African American Women’s Nineteenth-Century Performances
  • Adam Lecznar, University College London – Senghor and Greek Reason
  • Sarah Derbew, Yale University – South African and American Venus: Examining Female Agency Across Disciplines

G.5 - WOCALA: Women’s Caucus Roundtable: African Feminist Theory and the Global Arena – Helen Chukwuma, Jackson State University (Chair)

  • Ada Uzoamaka Azodo, Indiana University Northwest
  • Akachi Ezeigbo, Federal University Ndufu-Alike – Snail-Sense Feminism: Building on an Indigenous Model
  • Mary Kolawole
  • Obioma Nnaemeka
  • Chioma Opara, Rivers State University of Science and Technology – The Hybrid of African Feminisms: Femalism as Praxis
  • Thelma Pinto, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

G.6 - TRACALA: Translation Caucus Roundtable 2 of 3: Local Languages, World Readerships: East African Literary Translation (Sponsored by the Princeton African Humanities Colloquium + logo): Translating Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Poetry Into and Out of East African Languages – Meg Arenberg, Princeton University (Chair)

  • Meg Arenberg, Princeton University – The Sound and Form of Nostalgia: Translating Mohammed Ghassani’s poetry: selection from N’na Kwetu (contemporary poetry)
  • Kai Kress, Columbia University – Pain, Beauty and Social Critique in Mahmoud Mau’s poem Wasiya wa mabanati (Advice to the Girls) (20th century poem)
  • Annacharia Raia, University of Bayreuth – selection from “Utendi wa Yusuf” (20th century poem), Muhamadi Kijuma
  • Wangui Wa Goro – selection from “Song of Lawino” and translation into Gikuyu (20th-century poem), Okot p’Bitek

G.7 – Green Narratives in Postcolonial Africa — El Hadji Malick Ndiaye, Seattle University (Chair)

  • Mwepu Kalenga Fidèle, University of Lubumbashi – From Anglo-American Ecocriticism to Postcolonial Ecocriticism: Trends in African Ecocriticism
  • Mouhamedoul El Amine Niang, Colby College – Global Capitalism, Multinational Corporations and The Invention of Identities in the Sahara: A Case Study of Idrissou Mora Kpai’s film Arlit: Deuxième Paris
  • Karen Ferreira-Meyers, University of Swaziland – From “Roman Noir” to “Roman Vert:” Ecofriendly Crime Novels in Africa
  • El Hadji Malick Ndiaye, Seattle University – African Ecological Plagues through Photography: Fabric

G.8 - Inter-Racial Encounters in Life and Fiction (Chair tbc)

  • Catherine Onyemelukwe – Nigerwives: A Major Source of Transnational Connections
  • Elizabeth Olaoye, University of South Africa and Oluremi Olalekan Oladipupo, Ajayi Crowther University – New Images of Whiteness in Ngozi Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun and Americannah
  • Kevin Hickey, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences – Un Nègre à Deutschland—Africans Abroad and Changing Visions of “Blackness” and “Whiteness”
  • Thabisani Ndlovu, Walter Sisulu University – White Wo(man) Crawling: John Eppel’s representation of Middle-Aged and Elderly Whites during Zimbabwe’s Economic Meltdown

G.9 - Panel 1 of 2: Nigerian/West African Drama and Postcolonial Politics (Chair tbc)

  • Pelumi Folajimi, University of Wisconsin, Madison – The Post-Independence Disillusionment of Nigeria and the Need for a Revolutionary Change: Femi Osofisan’s The Chattering and the Song
  • Ifeoluwa Aboluwade, University of Bayreuth – Staging and Translating Spatio-Temporality in Postcolonial Nigerian Drama: A Study of Femi Osofisan’s Women of Owu
  • Ugochukwu Johnmario Ezeugo – The Post-Colonial Re-invention of Politics of Leadership in Nigeria: Emeka Nwabueze’s Conceptual Framework
  • Savannah Hall, Indiana University – The Absent City: Urban Imagination and Rural Location in Ama Ata Aidoo’s The Dilemma of a Ghost and Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and The Jewel

G.10 - Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Other Worlds & Future Worlds: Nnedi Okorafor (Chair tbc)

  • Laura Edmunds, Georgia State University – Coming of Age in “The World:” Reimagining Genre in Nnedi Okorafor’s Young Adult Novels
  • Michelle Clarke, SOAS – New Waves: Blue Ecocriticism and the “Postlocal” in Okorafor’s The Book of Phoenix and Lagoon
  • Ifeoluwa Adeniyi, Kingston University – Imagining Nigeria’s Future: Cosmopolitan Consciousness and the Apocalyptic Vision in Selected Novels by Okorafor
  • Weeraya Donsomsakulkij, Assumption University of Thailand – Water as a Category of Analysis in Wanuri Kahiu’s Pumzi (2009)

G.11 - Africa(ns) in the World (Chair tbc)

  • Seydina Diouf, University of South Carolina – The African Novel: Extroverted or Postcolonial?
  • Mary J. N. Okolie, University of Nigeria, Nsukka – Patterns of Conflict and Struggle in Migration Literature
  • Cara Moyer-Duncan, Emerson College – Audience, Race, and Globalization in South African Cinema After Apartheid
  • Erin Schwartz, Wenzhou-Kean University – Regaining Africa: V.Y. Mudimbe’s Use of Reprendre as a Methodology in Contemporary Global Art

G.12 - The Textual Aftermaths of European Violence (Chair tbc)

  • Malyoune Benoit, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – Afropean Literature as World Literature
  • Haythem Guesmi, Université de Montréal – Global Colonial Violence and Afrocommunism in Ousmane Sembene’s God’s Bits of Wood
  • Elizabeth Dyer, University of Pennsylvania – Staging a Kenya Nation: Theater, War, and the Colonial State
  • Shola Adenekan, University of Bremen – Class and Its Intersections in Ousmane Sembene’s Borom Sarret and Biyi Bandele’s Fifty

G.13 – Vai and Wolof Writing—Writing Wolof and Vai (Chair tbc)

  • Charles Riley, Yale University – Analysis of the Vai Diary of Boima Kiakpomgbo
  • Kandioura Dramé, University of Virginia – Abbé David Boilat on Orature and Philosophy Nineteenth Century Senegal
  • Mahriana Rofheart, Georgia Gwinnett College – Folklore, Mobility, and Technology: Wolof Tales in the Work of Karen Lord and Ken Bugul
  • George Joseph, Hobart and William Smith Colleges  – Wolof Bible Translation Project: What Kind of Wolof?

G.14 - Conflict and Literature (Chair tbc)

  • Louisa Uchum Egbunike, Manchester Metropolitan University – Legacies of Biafra: Reflections on Biafra War Novels Fifty Years On
  • Joanna Skelt, University of Birmingham – Dynamism and Decline: Writers as Social Animators and the National Reading Crisis in Post Conflict Sierra Leone
  • Gloria Makokha – Mothers, Daughters and Gendered Violence during the Biafran War in Nigeria, and the Post-Election Violence in Kenya
  • Emmanuel Tonukari, Delta State University, Abraka – Examining the Use of Supernatural Forces in the Management of Ethnic Conflict: Survey of Some African Novels
  • Assefa Dibaba, Indiana University – The Politics and Poetics of Oromo Resentment: A Historical & Folkloric Inquiry (Oromia, Ethiopia)

G.15 - Francophone Migratory Networks (Chair tbc)

  • Marie Stoll – World Literature: When African Diasporic Literature’s New Center Creates Another Margin
  • Richard Ajah, University of Uyo – Contesting the Authority of Maps: Theorising Migrants without Borders in Tahar Ben Jelloun’s Migrant Writing
  • Kristen Stern, Bates College – Between France and Me: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Alain Mabanckou
  • Rokhaya A. Dieng, University of South Carolina – Feminine Migration in Francophone Africa

G.16 - Women’s Articulations of Gender and Politics (Chair tbc)

  • Christian Ahihou, Brigham Young University – Mariama Bâ et l’émergence de l’écriture féminine en Afrique francophone sub-Saharienne
  • Stella Omonigho, University of Benin – Dilemme de la femme africaine face à l’hétérosexualité: Une lecture de Coq mâle coq femelle d’Armand Meula
  • Ngozi Iloh, University of BeninUne revue critique de Madame la Présidente de Fatou Fanny-Cissé
  • Chinyere Nwahunanya, Abia State University – “Strong” Women Behind “Weak” Men: The Woman as Metaphysical Prop in the African Epic