Session I

Friday, June 16, 3:45 - 5:15pm

I.1 - EC-sponsored Panel: World Literature, the Worlding of Literature and African Texts – Moradewun Adejunmobi, University of California, Davis (Chair)

  • Ranka Primorac, University of Southampton – Genre, Crisis and the African Republic of Letters
  • Olakunle George – Some Faces of Globalism in African Literature
  • Gaurav Desai, University of Michigan – Is African Literature World Literature?
  • Stephanie Bosch Santana, University of California, Los Angeles – The Digital Worlding of African Literature

I.2 - Panel: Celebrating Buchi Emecheta’s Place and Contribution to African Literature – Kadija (George) Sesay (Chair)

  • Sylvester Onwordi – Buchi Emecheta and the Act of Reparation: A Need to Tell Stories
  • G. Oty Agbajoh-Laoye – Gendering History, Historicizing Gender: Re-writing Empire in Buchi Emecheta’s Works with Joys of Motherhood as Literary Condensation
  • Helen Chukwuma, Jackson State University – The Feminism of Buchi Emecheta in Second Class Citizen
  • Modhumita Roy – Writing Resistance in Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood
  • Mark DiGiacomo – Buchi Emecheta’s Bad Form: Destination Biafra and the Sociological Imagination

I.3 - Panel: Underworlds – Charlotta Salmi, University of Birmingham (Chair)

  • Charne Lavery, University of the Witwatersrand – Imagine a Transparent Ocean: Slave Wrecks and Carbon sinks in Yvette Christianse’s Imprendehora and Castaway
  • Stephanie Yorke, University of the WitwatersrandCrumbs and Disability
  • Charlotta Salmi, University of Birmingham – Speaking from the Gutter: Corruption, Cultural Representation and Comics

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

  • Joyce Ashuntantang, University of Hartford
  • Ben Bongang, Savannah State University
  • Kehbuma Langmia, Howard University
  • Valentine Mungyeh, DBA, Colorado
  • Paddy Ndole, Independent Scholar
  • Emmanuel Ngwang, Texas College, Tyler

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

I.5 - Roundtable: Meet the Author: Aminatta Forna with Ernest Cole, Hope College (Chair) [insert profile]

I.6 - Panel: Les Maquisards prennent la parole. It’s the Outlaw’s Turn to Speak! – Cilas Kemedjio, University of Rochester & Gilbert Doho, Case Western Reserve University (Chairs)

  • Roger Fopa Kuete, Université de Maroua, Cameroun – L’esthétique de la résistance dans L’œuvre de Gilbert Doho
  • Cilas Kemedjio, University of Rochester – La mémoire amputée: conversations post-mortem entre La Mémoire amputée de Were Were Liking et Une Feuille dans le vent de Jean-Marie Teno
  • Gilbert Doho, Case Western Reserve University – Femmes, maquis et guerre de libération au Cameroun: Singue Mura et La Mémoire amputée ou devoir de mémoire envers les maquisardes: Essai d’approche matriarcale de l’Afrique contemporaine
  • Albert Jiatsa, Université de Maroua – Entre fictionnalisation des figures historiques et devoir de mémoire : Monseigneur Albert Ndongmo et Ernest Ouandié dans Main basse sur le Cameroun de Mongo Beti
  • Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi, North Carolina State University (President of ALA, discussant)

I.7 - Roundtable: Enseigner la littérature Africaine francophone aux Etats-Unis. Défis didactiques et politiques (Pedagogical and Political Challenges in Teaching French-language African Texts in the USA) – Lise Mba Ekani, Louisiana State University (Chair)

  • Lise Mba Ekani, Louisiana State University
  • Eileen Julien, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Pius Ngandu Nkashama, Louisiana State University
  • Aliko Songolo, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Cheikh Thiam, Ohio State University
  • Samuel Zadi, Central Connecticut State University

I.8 - Panel: Sol T. Plaatje, J. T. Jabavu and Peter Abrahams: Black Intellectuals, Print Culture and Transnationalism – Bhekizizwe Peterson, University of the Witswatersrand (Chair)

  • Janet Remmington, University of York – Sol Plaatje, the Pullman Car, and Print Cultures: In Pursuit of Transnationalism
  • Khwezi Mkhize, University of Cape Town – Sol T. Plaatje, Imvo Zabantsundu, Colonial Belonging and the Diasporic Imaginary
  • Bhekizizwe Peterson, University of the Witwatersrand Drum Magazine and Peter Abrahams: Pathways and Fissures of Black Transnationalism between 1951 and 1960

I.9 - TRACALA: Translation Caucus Roundtable: African Literature in/and Translation: Readings, Renderings and Interpretations in Global Contexts – Wangui Wa Goro (Chair)

  • Tomi Adeaga, University of Vienna – The Translator as a Creator?
  • Irène d’Almeida, University of Arizona
  • Sidensi Joyce Dixon-Fyle, DePauw University
  • Marjolijn de Jager
  • Janis Mayes
  • Pamela Smith, University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • Wangui Wa Goro

I.10 - Postcolonial Urbanity: Teju Cole and Chris Abani (Chair tbc)

  • Joyce Dixon-Fyle, DePauw University – The Literary Politics of Walking: Examining Teju Cole’s Open City as a Symbol and as a Feature of the Global Space 
  • Joseph Abel, Federal University Lokoja – Without a Name: Postcolonial Urbanity and the Transgression of Humanity in Teju Cole’s Every Day is for the Thief
  • Okwute Abah – Becoming Abigail and Open City as “World Literature”
  • Rebekah Cumpsty, University of York – Chris Abani’s Transnational Bodies: Scaling (Neo)imperial Realities

I.11 - Panel 2 of 2: Learning and Teaching In/From African & Caribbean Literatures (Chair tbc)

  • Stephanie Selvick, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater – African Authors, “Global” Setting, U.S. Classrooms
  • Michael M. Kretzer, Centre for International Development and Environmental Research – Influence of Language Attitude(s) Towards English and Indigenous Languages: Mismatch between the (Overt) Language Policy and (Covert) Language Practice(s) at Public Schools in Botswana and South Africa
  • Soraya Mekerta, Spelman College – The African Diaspora and the World: Moving the Margin to the Center of Academic Inquiry and Learning

I.12 - Panel 2 of 2: Nigerian Drama and Postcolonial Politics (Chair tbc)

  • Rasheed Ismaila, University of Abuja – Bode Osanyin (1940-2005): The Pan-African Brechtian
  • Ojo Olorunlrke, Lagos State University – Dramaturgic Innovations in Ola Rotimi’s Posthumous Play
  • Foluke Aliyu-Ibrahim, University of Ilorin – Reimagining World Literature: The Examples of Osofisan’s Women of Owu and Obafemi’s Running Dreams
  • Ernest Kwabena Brobbey, Global Executive Institute – Cambridge International College – African Women in the Economic and Political Space—A Discussion of Ola Rotimi’s Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again

I.13 - Global, Transnational, National Feminisms – Safoura Boukari, Western Illinois University (Chair)

  • Nancy Henaku, Michigan Technological University – Transnational African Women as Voice(s) of Conscience: Aidoo’s Our Sister Killjoy, Adichie’s Americanah and Atta’s A Bit of Difference
  • Safoura Boukari, Western Illinois University – Celebrating African Women’s Activism and Leadership in the Transmigrational Experience and Family Welfare
  • Immaculate Kizza, University of Tennesse, Chattanooga – Nwapa, Ba, and the Womanist Discourse
  • Ositadinma Nkeiruka Lemoha, University of Lagos – Conflict of Femaleness in Nawal El Saadawi’s Novels and Memoirs of a Woman Doctor

I.14 - Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o in World Literature –Gichingiri Ndigirigi, University of Tennessee (Chair)

  • Gladys Denkyi-Manieson, Central University – Of Senses, Meanings and Literature: Armah and Ngũgĩ
  • Neelofer Qadir, University of Massachusetts, Amherst – Afrasian Imaginaries in Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Wizard of the Crow      
  • Barbara Webb, Hunter College – Reading Globally Across Cultures: Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Globalectics
  • Gichingiri Ndigirigi, University of Tennessee – “Africanized” Emergency-era Trauma Witnessing in Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat

I.15 - The Politics of Anglophone World Literature: Colonial, Anticolonial, Postcolonial (Chair tbc)

  • Jason Price, Virginia Commonwealth University – Colonial and Pre-Colonial Relations: By the Sea, Sculptors of Mapungubwe, and the Question of “World Literature”
  • Anne Gulick, University of South Carolina – Silenced Struggles: Forgetting to Remember Anticolonialism in Twenty-First-Century Anglophone African Fiction   
  • Abba A. Abba, Edwin Clark University – Remediating Anti-Africanist Ideation in Chinua Achebe’s Postcolonial Novels
  • Aghogho Akpome, University of Zululand – Palimpsestic Homescapes: Re-Imagining Space and Belonging in Recent African Fiction

I.16 - African Literature, World Literature? (Chair tbc)

  • Aaron Eastley, Brigham Young University – Achebe Among the Moderns?
  • Lekan Julius Oyegoke, University of Botswana – Global Pyrotechnics and the Aesthetics of African Literature
  • Lucia Weiss, Freie Universität Berlin – Listening to the Voices of World Literature: An Exploration of the Polyphonic Oeuvres of Boubacar Boris Diop and Mia Couto 
  • Kwaku Larbi Korang, Ohio State University – Olaniyan’s Post-Global Push: African Literary Criticism from Nationalist to World Mission       
  • Zakariae Bouhmala, Jawaharlal Nehru University – Leaving Africa to Enter the World: Redefining World Literature Through a Comparative Study of “Blood Knot” and “The New Toyi Toyi”         

I.17 - Film and Fiction in Francophone West Africa (Chair tbc)

  • Cary Campbell – The National Tug of Home: Allegorizing the Nation in Diome’s Ventre de l’Atlantique and Tadjo’s Loin de mon père    
  • Guillaume Coly, University of South Carolina – Why Aujourd’hui (2012) is Tomorrow’s film.        
  • Brandon Guernsey, St. Mary’s College of Maryland – Un paradis imaginaire: Recounting the immigrant experience in the fiction of Fatou Diome  
  • E. Barclay Spriggs, Louisiana State University – Stay Tuned: The Radio in Ken Bugul’s La Folie et la Mort

I.18 - Cross Continental and Pan-African Connections – Felisa Reynolds, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Chair)

  • Felisa Reynolds, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Maryse Condé’s Mets et merveilles: Literature, cooking and culture, across continents
  • Tunda Kitenge-Ngoy, University of Botswana – Mobilites spatiales transafricaines et pacte scriptural et communicationnel   
  • Samuel Zadi, Central Connecticut State University – La “Solidarite Africaine” dans l’Afrique Traditionnelle: Mythe ou Realite? Etude des Contes Traditionnels
  • Roselyne Gerazime, Emory University – De la Mémoire Empoisonnée à la Mémoire Médicament: Le gouffre et la mémoire dans l’oeuvre d’Edouard Glissant et de Radcliffe Bailey