Session J

Saturday, June 17, 8:45-10:15am

J.1 - Roundtable: Blogging African Arts and Literature – Aaron Bady (Chair)

J.2 - EC-sponsored Book Review Panel: Women, Ethics, Islam – Kenneth Harrow, Michigan State University (Chair)

  • Kenneth Harrow, Michigan State University – On Suzanne Gauch’s Maghrebs in Motion: North African Cinema in Nine Movements (Oxford UP, 2016)
  • P. Julie Papaioannou, University of Rochester – On Brigitte Weltman-Aron’s Algerian Imprints: Ethical Space in the Work of Assia Djebar and Helene Cixous (Columbia UP, 2015)
  • Gabeba Baderoon, Pennsylvania State University – On Shirin Edwin’s Privately Empowered: Expressing Feminism in Islam in Norther Nigerian Fiction (Northwestern UP, 2016)
  • Shirin Edwin, Sam Houston State University, A Response

J.3 - Panel 2 of 2: The Cinematic City: Desire, Form, and the African Urban: Questions of Genre – Polo Moji, University of the Witswatersrand (Chair)

  • Timothy Wright, University of Johannesburg – Vampire City: Extraction, Resources, and Desire in a Johannesburg Vampire Film
  • Natasha Himmelman, University of the Witswatersrand – (Re)Translating Carmen: Palimpsestic (Con)texts and Aesthetics
  • Danai S. Mupotsa, University of the Witswatersrand – Fairy Tale Fantasy
  • Polo Moji, University of the WitswatersrandBlack (2015) or Off Limits? The “Hood” Film and Francophone Afropean Urban

J.4 - Roundtable: Christopher Okigbo: A Retrospective – Obi Nwakanma, University of Central Florida (Chair)

  • Chielozona Eze, Northeastern Illinois University - The Legacy of Christopher Okigbo and the Challenges of Rethinking African Poetry
  • Obi Nwakanma, University of Central Florida, Orlando - Elegiac Okigbo: dimensions of melancholy in the poetry of Christopher Okigbo
  • Maik Nwosu - Sources and Meaning in Christopher Okigbo’s Poetry

J.5 - Panel: New Pedagogies for Embedding African Literatures in the Lower-Division Classroom – Laura Chrisman, University of Washington (Chair)

  • Meri Bauer, University of Washington – African Literatures at Home and Abroad 
  • Steph Hankinson, University of Washington – African Short Stories in the Writing-Focused Classroom
  • Erik Jaccard, University of Washington – “By the end of this course, you will be able to…:” African Literature in the Outcome-Focused Writing Classroom
  • Liz Janssen, University of Washington – Teaching Politics of Reading with African Literature

J.6 - Panel: Ken Saro-Wiwa: Writing World Literatures – Nimanthi Rajasingham, Colgate University (Chair)

  • Brendon Nicholls, University of Leeds – Environment, Psyche, Objects: Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Sozaboy
  • Judy Kendall, University of Salford – The Politics of Linguistic Innovation in Saro-Wiwa’s Sozaboy
  • Alexander Fyfe, Pennsylvania State University – The Textual Politics of the Land in the Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa
  • Matthew Lecznar, University of Sussex – “We All Stand Before History:” (Re)Locating Saro-Wiwa in the Biafran War Canon
  • Nimanthi Rajasingham, Colgate University – “War is Work”: Neoliberalism and Ethnic War in Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Sozaboy

J.7 - Conflict in Congo (Chair tbc)

  • Janice Spleth, West Virginia University – Gender, Trauma, and Resilience in Amba Bongo’s Une femme en exil
  • Sarah Arens, University of Edinburgh – A Grotesque Body Politic? Space, Gender, and Nationalism in Congolese Writing
  • Tyler McNally, Kennesaw State University – A Postcolonial Representation of Power: Sony Labou Tansi’s Life and a Half
  • Scott Newman, Northwestern University – “In search of the world and of things:” Heidegger’s Notion of Worlding and Sony Labou Tansi  
  • Mwepu Kalenga Fidèle, University of Lubumbashi – Democratic Republic of the Congo in War for Two Decades: May There Be Another Literature Rather than that of the War? The Case of Felix U. Kaputu’s K-Triangle de la mort

J.8 - Hybridity and Transnationalism (Chair tbc)

  • Jacques Manangama Duki, National Pedagogical University of Kinshasa – Essential Characteristics of Langston Hughes’ Poetry and Their Impact on the Congolese Conscience
  • Gabriel Edzordzi Agbozo, Michigan Technological University and Tolulope Odebunmi, Michigan Technological University – Hybridity Within: Poetry Performance in Ghana and Nigeria
  • Daniel Udo, University of Uyo – Transnational Identities in Modern African Writers: Adichie, Onwueme, and Ojaide
  • Xiaoran Hu, Queen Mary, University of London – China in the African Imaginary and the Problems of Solidarity

J.9 - Histories of Print, 1850-1950 (Chair tbc)

  • Tom Olali, University of Nairobi – A Critical Exposition of Jihad Trope as a Religious Philosophy in the Epic of Rasi’l Ghuli (1850-1855)
  • Steward Van Wyk, University of the Western Cape – !Nanseb of the Khoweisen: Literary Representations of Hendrik Witbooi
  • Oliver Coates, University of Cambridge – West African Journalists in World War Two India: The Global Dimensions of African Colonial Journalism
  • Patricia G. Clark, Westminster College – “Easy English” in 1940s South Africa

J.10 - Perspectives on Nigerian Poetry (Chair tbc)

  • Chukwunwike Anolue, University of the Witwatersrand – A Temporal Reading of the Poetry of Niyi Osundare
  • Mary Aiyetoro, Bowen University, Iwo – The Presence of Absence: Exploring the Paradox of the Living Dead in Toni Kan’s Songs of Absence and Despair
  • Shima Atimga, University of Abuja – Emergent Poetries and the Dilemma of Criticism
  • Iwu Ikwubuzo and Nkoli Nnyigide, Nnamdi Azikiwe University – Political Satire in Selected Modern Igbo Poems

J.11 - Rethinking the National (Chair tbc)

  • Melissa Myambo, University of California, Los Angeles – Rethinking (National) Borders and Cultural Distance in an Unevenly Developed Globalscape
  • Edoama Odueme, University of Lagos – Global Mobility and National Identity in Chimdi Maduagwu’s Reverberations Abroad
  • Rebecca Fasselt, University of Pretoria – Shifting Nervous Conditions: Intertextual Repositionings of Gendered and National Subjectivities in Kopano Matlwa’s Period Pain

J.12 - Writing Trauma and Violence Against Women (Chair tbc)

  • Irmagard Langmia, Anne Arundel Community College – Re-imagining Female Genital Mutilation in Africa and the Conflicts that Shape its Discourse in 21st-Century World Politics and Global Geographies in Pede Hollist’s So the Path Does Not Die
  • Oluseun Tanimomo, University of Bremen – Risk and Immigration in Pede Hollist’s So the Path Does Not Die
  • Ifeyinwa Okolo, Federal University Lokoja – Surviving the Trauma of Rape in Yvonne Vera’s Without a Name and Lola Shoneyin’s The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives
  • Alison Data Phido, African Radio Drama Association – Women at War:  The Ways that Mothers and Daughters Navigate Chaos and Mayhem during Wartime

J.13 - Panel: Gender/Sexuality Migration, and Literature (Chair tbc)

  • Shane McCoy, University of Washington – Shuttling Between Diasporas: African Women Writers Re-Imagining the “New” African Diaspora
  • Catherine Olutoyin Williams, Tai Solarin University of Education – Migration in Literature: Analysis of Buchi Emecheta’s Head Above Water
  • F. Delali Kumavie, Northwestern University – On Beginnings and Continuations: Airports, National Anxieties and Transnational Women in Transit

J.14 - Case Studies in African Language Literature and Translation (Chair tbc)

  • El-Shaddai Deva, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – The African Writer as Glocalizing Translator: A Case Study on Ferdinand Oyono
  • Amy Baram Reid, New College of Florida – Recursive Exchanges: Orality, Writing and Translation in/of Mont Plaisant by Patrice Nganang
  • Zaahida Nabagereka, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – Luganda Literature Producers in Kampala: New Ways of Engaging with Audiences
  • Uhuru Portia Phalafala, Stellenbosch University – “Crossing Borders Without Leaving:” Translations of Tswana Vernaculars and Aesthetics in Keorapetse Kgositsile’s Diasporic Poetic

J.15 - Panel 1 of 2: New Frames for African Literature – Elzbieta Binczycka, Jagiellonian University (Chair)

  • Nicole Cesare, Franklin & Marshall College – Post-Independence African Fiction and the Production of Place
  • Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu, Clark University – Vanguard Africa: The Fight for an African Avant-Garde
  • Elzbieta Binczycka, Jagiellonian University – Black Icarus? Comparative literature and the Flying Africans Myth
  • Thulani Nxasana, Rhodes University – Context is Everything: The Case for an African Literary Theory

J.16 – Panel 2 of 2: Apartheid’s Worlds: Alan Paton, Athol Fugard, and Nadine Gordimer (Chair tbc)

  • Juliana Daniels, University of Education, Winneba – Diction and the Drapery of Dystopia in Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Ann Reading, Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Witnessing and Activism in Nadine Gordimer’s Burger’s Daughter
  • Chinyelu Ojukwu, University of Port Harcourt – Man’s Inhumanity to Man and the struggle for Human Dignity: Athol Fugard’s Sizwe Bansi Is Dead and Playland
  • Zuhmboshi Eric Nsuh, University of Yaounde 1 – Narrative Discourse and Multiculturalism: A Postmodernist Reading of Nadine Gordimer’s None to Accompany Me and Gillian Slovo’s Red Dust

J.17 - Marking/Making Changes in African Literature – Vincent Odamtten, Hamilton College (Chair)

  • Amanda Lagji, University of Massachusetts, Amherst – The “Fundamentals” of World Literature: The Silent Minaret and Post-9/11 Global Forms
  • Vincent Odamtten, Hamilton College – Literature as the Miner’s Canary: The Three Books of Shama by Benjamin Kwakye
  • Safiya Ismaila, University of Abuja and Cecilia Kato, University of Abuja – Evolving Cultures, Literary Revolution and Global Changes in African Literature: Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms, Fatima Alkali’s Personal Angle, and Beatrice Lamwaka’s Butterfly Dreams and Other Stories
  • A. B. C. Duruaku – Fiction and the Challenge of an Urban Culture in Nigeria: A Template for Re-Invigorating the African Story