Session H

Friday, June 16, 2:00-3:30pm

H.1 - Roundtable: Prepositioning African Literature as World Literature – Jeanne-Marie Jackson, Johns Hopkins University (Chair)

  • Harry Garuba, University of Cape Town
  • Simon Gikandi, Princeton University
  • Jeanne-Marie Jackson, Johns Hopkins University
  • Rosemary Jolly, Pennsylvania State University
  • Loka Losambe, University of Vermont

H.2 - TRACALA: Translation Caucus Roundtable 3 of 3 (Sponsored by the Princeton African Humanities Colloquium + logo): The Imaginative Vision of Abdilatif Abdalla, Swahili Poet and Activist (accompanied by readings in English (by translators) and Swahili by Abdilatif Abdalla – Kai Kresse (Chair)

  • Abdilatif Abdalla – Guest of Honor: Reading in Swahili
  • Meg Arenberg, Princeton University – Imagining Eve: Abdilatif Abdalla’s Utenzi wa Maisha ya Adamu na Hawaa (1971; Epic on the Life of Adam and Eve)
  • Annmarie Drury, Queens College CUNY – On Sauti ya Dhiki (1973; Voice of Agony), a monument of existential prison poetry
  • Kai Kresse, Columbia University – On Kenya: Twendapi? (1968; Kenya: where are we heading?), a bold political pamphlet speaking to our present

H.3 - EC-sponsored Panel: Book Review Panel: Grace Musila’s A Death Retold in Truth and Rumour – Ato Quayson, University of Toronto (Chair)

  • Tsitsi Jaji, Duke University
  • Grace Musila, Stellenbosch University
  • Ato Quayson, University of Toronto

H.4 - Roundtable 1 of 2: Remembering Professor Bole Butake (1941-2016): Playwright, Human Rights Activist, Scholar – Joyce Ashuntantang, University of Hartford (Chair)

  • Joyce Ashuntantang, University of Hartford
  • David Mba’Tambu, University of Yaoundé
  • Pepetual Chiangong Mforbe, Humboldt University, Berlin

H.5 - Roundtable: Feminist Narratives in Africa: African Literature, World Literature – Helen Chukwuma, Jackson State University (Chair)

  • Anthonia Adadevoh
  • Irene Agunloye, University of Jos
  • Helen Chukwuma, Jackson State University
  • Blessing Diala-Ogamba, Coppin State University
  • Chinyere Okafor
  • Asabe Kabir Usman, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto – Revisiting the Female Question in Hausa Women’s Writings: Examples from the Fictional Works of Balkisu Salisu Ahmad

H.6 - Roundtable: Teaching African Literature in the Twenty-First Century – Shola Adenekan, University of Bremen (Chair)

  • Tomi Adeaga, University of Vienna
  • Amatoritsero Ede
  • Rebecca Jones, University of Birmingham
  • Ifeyinwa Okolo, Federal University Lokoja – Inappropriate and Vile?: Teaching Sexuality in African Literature in a Nigerian University
  • Oyeniyi Okunoye, Obafemi Awolowo University

H.7 - Panel: Thinking Senegalese and Pan-African Futures with Boubacar Boris Diop – Jonathon Repinecz, George Mason University (Chair)

  • Fatoumata Seck, College of Staten Island CUNY – Reading the Postcolonial City in Ken Bugul’s Aller et Retour (2013)
  • Cullen Goldblatt, Brown University – Griots and Slaves in Wolof and French: Moussa Ka’s “Century” to a Pan-African Decolonized Mind
  • Ivy Mills, University of California, Berkeley – Donkey Wives and Monkey Mothers: Gender, Race, and the Human/Animal Boundary in Senegalese Cultural Production
  • Jonathon Repinecz, George Mason University – “This Time for Africa:” Shakira and Afromodernity, A View From Dakar

H.8 – FRACALA-sponsored Roundtable: Beyond Post-Francophonie: Imagining Africa Free of French Hegemony in the Twenty-First Century: Éloge de la post-francophonie: rêve d’une Afrique guérie de “la malediction francophone” au vingt-et-unième siècle – Marc Adoux Papé, St. John Fisher College (Chair)

  • Kodjo Adabra
  • Kanaté Daouda
  • Marc Adoux Papé, St. John Fisher College

H.9 - FVM: Film and Visual Media Caucus Panel: Topographies of Sound and Music in African Film – Julie Papaioannou (Chair)

  • Olivier J. Tchouaffe, Southwestern University – Topics in Visual and Acoustic Practices in African Cinema: Thoughts on Bamako (2006), The President (2014), and A Leaf in the Wind (2014)
  • Boukary Sawadogo, City College of New York – Space and Time Dimensions of Film Music in Black Girl
  • Carmela Garritano, Texas A&M University – Sound and Affect: Digital Sound Effects in Ghanaian Ghost Movies
  • Daniela Ricci, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre – Subjectivities and Soundscapes in Diasporic African Films Today

H.10 - EC-sponsored Roundtable: Isidore Okpewho (1941-2016): Scholar, Writer – Adélékè Adéèkó (Chair)

  • Adélékè Adéèkó
  • Chiji Akoma
  • Carole Boyce-Davies, Cornell University
  • Olakunle George
  • Marame Gueye, East Carolina University
  • Nduka Otiono, Carleton University – Isidore Okpewho’s “Saving Instinct:” From Classicism to Indigeneity

H.11 – Panel 1 of 2: Locating the Un/Popular Arts in Africa and the World – Lynda Spencer, Rhodes University (Chair)

  • Brendon Nicholls – Bessie Head, Popular Children’s Literature, and the Erotics of Power
  • Nedine Moonsamy, University of Pretoria – A Case for Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard as Science Fiction
  • Sope Maithufi, UNISA – Selby Mvusi: The Unrecognised Black African Modernist

H.12 - Panel 1 of 2: Creative Writing – Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu, Clark University (Chair)

  • Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu, Clark University
  • Douglas E. Kazé, Rhodes University — Bird: Meditations on Flight
  • Shahd Alshammari, Gulf University for Science and Technology – Private Acts of Love: Biomythography from Kuwait
  • Elinettie Chabwera – Our Times
  • Mohamed Kamara, Washington and Lee University – Lipstick Man
  • Shola Balogun – The Road

H.13 - The Economies of Amma Darko’s Fiction (Chair tbc)

  • Anenechukwu Kevin Amoke, Lancaster University – Bodies, Borders, and Capital in a Transnational Sex Work Economy: Reflections on Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street and Amma Darko’s Beyond the Horizon
  • Kikelomo Omonojo – The Dynamics of and Problems Considered in Ghanian Novels: A Case Study of Amma Darko’s and Ama Ata Aidoo’s Novels
  • James Arnett, CUNY Graduate Center – The Market In/And African Literature: Amma Darko’s Information Economies

H.14 - Bodies, Sex-Work, Commoditization (Chair tbc)

  • Julia Tigner, Auburn University – Under the Gaze: Forging Loopholes of Retreat in Bellocq’s Ophelia by Natasha Trethewey
  • Felicia Ohwovoriole, University of Lagos – Body and Deity as Export Commodities: Okey Ndibe’s Foreign Gods Inc. and Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street
  • Naminata Diabate, Cornell University – Maps of Neoliberal Sexualities in Africa
  • Shola Adenekan, University of Bremen – Saheed Aderinto’s When Sex Threatened the State: Illicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria, 1900-1958

H.15 - London Diasporas/Black British Writing – Andrew Armstrong, University of the West Indies (Chair)

  • Jennifer Leetsch, University of Wuerzburg – Her Body is a Flooding Home: Transnational Trajectories in Warsan Shire
  • Ijeoma Odoh, Howard University – The Female Body as a Site of Production in Black British Women’s Writing
  • Andrew Armstrong, University of the West Indies – Traversing London: Urban Aesthetics in Leila Aboulela and Abdulrazak Gurnah
  • Tracey Walters, Stony Brook University – The African Migrant Worker as the “New Slave” in Zadie Smith’s The Embassy of Cambodia

H.16 - Memory, Migration, and Home (Chair tbc)

  • Maina Mutonya, Pwani University – Migration and the Tyranny of Home in Yvonne Owour’s Weight of Whispers and Edwidge Danticat’s Children of the Sea
  • Jonas Akung, University of Calabar – Re-deepening Diasporic Identity in Isidore Okpewho’s Call Me by My Rightful Name
  • Adedoyin Aguoru, University of Ibadan – Migrant Experience as Tales in the Novels of Nigerian Migrant Writers
  • Brian Reed, American University of Nigeria Yola; Agatha Ukata, American University of Nigeria Yola; Jonas Akung, University of Calabar – Being and Not Being: How Society Negotiates Humanity a Report of Boy, Snow, Bird and Passing

H.17 - Literary Activism in East Africa (Chair tbc)

  • Ali Mohamud and Lester Mwetu, University of Kabianga – Struggling Gender: Women and Politics in Kenya
  • Wandia Njoya, Daystar University –  Chaining Imaginations: The Struggle for Creativity in Kenya
  • Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire, King’s College, London – The Literary Activist Responsibility of the African Writer: A Profile of Goretti Kyomuhendo
  • Deborah Nyangulu, University of Muenster – Necropolitan Spaces in Meja Mwangi’s The Big Chiefs

H.18 – Writing Identity and Inequality: Bessie Head & NoViolet Bulawayo (Chair tbc)

  • Elinor Rooks, University of Leeds – Neither Medusa nor the Phallus: Bessie Head’s Anxious Deconstructions of Sex
  • Edwin Tangwa, University of Yaounde – Deconstructing Post-Independence “Ethnic” Identities in Selected Works of Bessie Head and John Nkemngong Nkengasong   
  • Adetayo Alabi, University of Mississippi – World Literature, Apartheid, and the Global Dimensions of Bessie Head’s A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings
  • Senayon Olaoluwa, University of Ibadan – Transnationalism and Nuances of Global Inequality in NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names
  • Thomas Frattaroli, University of Guelph – Childhood, Pornography, and Anxiety in NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names

H.19 - Palimpsests and Openings – Edgard Coly, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (Chair)

  • Edgard Coly, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey – Planète à vendre: l’accaparement des terres en Afrique
  • Jamiella Brooks, University of California, Davis – Nomenculture: Proper Names as Palimpsest in Francophone African Literature
  • Karim Sagna, Eralham College – Une kora décloisonnée et le pouvoir des mots dans la musique de Jali-ba Kouyaté
  • Awah Mfossi Sidjeck, University of Calgary – Altérite en image: Perceptions et représentations chez Euzhan Palcy et Ousmane Sembene 

H.20 - Literary Lessons (Chair tbc)

  • Faith Ben-Daniels, University of Education, Winneba – The Social, Political, and Economic Displacement of Africa: A Discussion of Efo Kodjo Mawugbe’s Prison Graduates and Upstairs and Downstairs
  • Abigail Eruaga, University of BeninVolenti non Fit Injuria: The Tragic Implications of Rebelling against Ancestral Presence in Camus’ The Stranger and Okey Ndibe’s Arrows of Rain
  • Gabrielle Lewis, Kennesaw University – One Among Many: Identity and Agency in Farah’s Novel, Sweet and Sour Milk
  • Martina Kopf, University of Vienna – Understanding the World through the Memoir