Session I

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

I.1 - Venue: Loria 250

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, Brown University – 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 - Venue: LC 317

Panel: Celebrating Buchi Emecheta’s Place and Contribution to African Literature – Kadija (George) Sesay, University of Brighton (Chair)

  • Sylvester Onwordi, Independent – Buchi Emecheta and the Act of Reparation: A Need to Tell Stories
  • G. Oty Agbajoh-Laoye, Monmouth University – 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, Tufts University – Writing Resistance in Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood
  • Mark DiGiacomo, Rutgers University – Buchi Emecheta’s Bad Form: Destination Biafra and the Sociological Imagination

I.3 - Venue: Loria 351

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

I.4 - Venue: 212 York, Room 106

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
  • Soraya Mekerta, Spelman College

I.5 - Venue: 220 York, Room 001

Panel: Black South African 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 – J.T. Jabavu, 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.6 - Venue: LC 211

TRACALA: Translation Caucus Roundtable: African Literature in/and Translation: Readings, Renderings and Interpretations in Global Contexts – Wangui Wa Goro, Translator/Translation Theorist and Promoter: SIDENSI (Chair)

  • Tomi Adeaga, University of Vienna – The Translator as a Creator?
  • Irène d’Almeida, University of Arizona
  • Joyce Dixon-Fyle, DePauw University
  • Marjolijn de Jager, Literary Translator
  • Janis Mayes, Syracuse University
  • Pamela Smith, University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • Wangui Wa Goro, Translator/Translation Theorist and Promoter: SIDENSI

I.7 - Venue: LC 205

Postcolonial Urbanity: Teju Cole and Chris Abani – Rebekah Cumpsty, University of York, (Chair)

  • 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.8 - Venue: LC 206

Panel 2 of 2: Learning and Teaching In/From African 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
  • Theresah Ennin, University of Cape Coast – “Honesty Owned:” Women’s Communities as Sites of Agency in Aidoo and Adichie

I.9 - 220 York, Room 002

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.10 - Venue: Loria B50

Global, Transnational, National Feminisms – (Chair, tbc)

  • 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
  • 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.11 - Venue: 212 York, 004A

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” Trauma Witnessing in Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat

I.12 - Venue: Loria B51

The Politics of Anglophone World Literature: Colonial, Anticolonial, Postcolonial - Anne Gulick, University of South Carolina (Chair)

  • Jason Price, Virginia Commonwealth University – Colonial and Pre-Colonial Relations: By the Sea, Sculptors of Mapungubwe, and the Question of “World Literature”
  • Aaron Eastley, Brigham Young University – Achebe Among the Moderns?
  • 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.13 - Venue 212 York, Room 004

African Literature, World Literature? (Chair tbc)

  • 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.14 - Venue: LC 105

Film and Fiction in Francophone West Africa – Cary Campbell, Antioch College (Chair, tbc)

  • Cary Campbell, Antioch College – 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.15 - Venue: LC 104

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   
  • 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
  • Malyoune Benoit, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – Afropean Literature as World Literature