Session K

Saturday, June 17, 10:30-12:00pm

K.1 - FVM: Film and Visual Media Caucus Roundtable: African Films: Channels of Distribution – Ken Harrow, Michigan State University & MaryEllen (Ellie) Higgins, Pennsylvania State University (Chairs)

  • Reinaldo Barroso-Spech, Co-founder and President of ArtMattan Productions
  • Olivia Bloom
  • Jonathan Marlow, Kanopy, San Francisco
  • Diarah N’daw-Spech, ArtMattan Productions & African Diaspora Film Festival
  • Boukary Sawadogo, City College of New York

K.2 - EC-sponsored Panel: Review of Books on West African Performance and Popular Culture – Carmela Garritano, Texas A&M University (Chair)

  • Moradewun Adejunmobi, University of California, Davis – Review of Jonathan Haynes’ Nollywood: The Creation of Nigerian Film Genres
  • Esther de Bruijn, University of Lethbridge – Review of David Donkor’s Spiders in the Market: Ghanaian Trickster Performance in a Web of Neoliberalism
  • Carmela Garritano, Texas A&M University – Review of David Donkor’s Spiders in the Market: Ghanaian Trickster Performance in a Web of Neoliberalism
  • David Donkor, Texas A&M University (respondent)

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

  • Abdilatif Abdalla, Leipzig University – Selections from short stories by Ngugi wa Thiong’o and translation into Swahili (20th-century fiction)
  • Ida Hadjivayanis, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – Selection from “Mke Wangu” (20th-century fiction), Muhammed Said Abdulla
  • Nathalie Arnold Koenings, Hampshire College – Selection from “Penzi la Damu” (contemporary fiction), A. Samwel

K.4 - Roundtable: Peter Kimani’s Historical Fictions – Dan Magaziner (Chair)

  • Peter Kimani, Writer
  • Dan Magaziner, Yale University
  • Godwin Siundu, University of Nairobi

[Book launch, Weds 14 June, 9:00pm - Peter Kimani, Dance of the Jakaranda (Akashic Books), at the Yale University Bookstore table (tbc)]

K.5 - GSCALA: Graduate Caucus Keynote:

The State of African Literary Studies – Tejumola Olaniyan, University of Wisconsin
Matthew Omelsky, Duke University (Chair)

K.6 - Roundtable (sponsored by the Traphagen Alumni Speakers Series, Yale College Office of Student Affairs): Meet the Author: Imraan Coovadia with Ketu Katrak, University of California, Irvine (Chair) [insert profile]

K.7 - Congo to Burundi (Chair tbc)

  • Hugo Bujon, Emory University – Encore obscurément à naitre : le Congo dans Le Ventre de Tchicaya U Tam’si
  • Michael Dodzi Kudi, University of Calgary – Habiter le vide: le “Moi” francophone en quête d’un destin chez Henri Lopes et Franketienne
  • Carolin Herzog, University of Bayreuth – Littérature francophone du Burundi: une littérature nationale?
  • Andre Djiffack, University of Oregon – Et si le Zaïre de Mobutu Sese Seko vous était conté?

K.8 - Panel 2 of 2: Creative Writing: Immigrant Voices in Short Stories: Transnational, Transformative Encounters and Spaces – Arthur Onipede Hollist, University of Tampa (Chair)

  • Ada Uzoamaka Azodo, Indiana University Northwest – And So Said Mighty Birdie
  • Tomi Adeaga, University of Vienna – Speaking Different Tongues
  • H. Oby Okolocha, University of Benin – As it was, So it is…
  • Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi (President of ALA), North Carolina State University – An Open Letter To…
  • Arthur Onipede Hollist, University of Tampa  – The Story of a Scar

K.9 - Roundtable for Seminar: The Worlds of African Literature – Ranka Primorac, University of Southampton & Madhu Krishnan, University of Bristol (Chairs)

  • Harry Garuba, University of Cape Town – Travelling into the World: African Writing and Modes of Entry into World Literature
  • Jeanne-Marie Jackson, Johns Hopkins University – African Literature, Epistemological Decolonization and Intellectual History
  • Billy Kahora, Managing Editor, Kwani? – Where is African Literature Constructed?: Arguments for an East-Africa Based MFA Programme
  • Madhu Krishnan, University of Bristol – African Literature and the Production of Space: Preliminary Considerations
  • Eileen Julien, Indiana University, Bloomington (respondent)

K.10 - Roundtable: Boris Diop and “Que dit Cheikh Anta Diop aux ecrivains africains?” – Jonathon Repinecz, George Mason University (Chair)

  • Boris Diop, Writer
  • Cullen Goldblatt, Brown University
  • Ivy Mills, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jonathon Repinecz, George Mason University
  • Fatoumata Seck, College of Staten Island, CUNY
  • Bhakti Shringarpure, University of Connecticut

K.11 - Social Media and Literary Discourse (Chair tbc)

  • Uta Reuster-Jahn, University of Hamburg – The Internet as a New arena for Swahili literature in Tanzania
  • Ainehi Edoro, Marquette University – Social Media Technology and African Literary Discourse
  • Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang, West Virginia University – Fufu, Jollof, Nkrumah, and Obama: Satire in Nana Awere Damoah’s My Book of #GHCoats
  • Brenna Munro, University of Miami – Digitality and Contemporary Nigerian Writing

K.12 - The Worlds of African Feminisms (Chair tbc)

  • Rachel Rubin, University of Massachusetts, Boston – Diaspora on the Page: The Organization of Women Writers of Africa
  • Eyiwumi Bolutit Olayinka, University of Ibadan – Globalising and Deglobalising African Feminisms
  • Fidelis Balogun, Delaware State University – The Self and Narrative Strategies in The Novels of Helen Oyeyemi, Sefi Atta and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Ruby Magosvongwe, University of Zimbabwe – Gendered Land Travesties on Southern Africa: Sustainable Futures for All

K.13 - Panel 2 of 2: New Frames for African Literature (Chair tbc)

  • Aghogho Akpome, University of Zululand – Conceptualizing Modern African Literatures as Literatures of Transition
  • Akin Olaniyi, The Polytechnic Ibadan and Moses Osunkunle Oluseyi, The Polytechnic Ibadan – Modern African Literature and the Implementation of a Sustainable Canon for African Literary Interpretation
  • Giftus Ntambo, University of Yaounde – Postcolonial Theory, Historical Context, and Conflict Resolution in Son of the Native Soil

K.14 - Chris Abani in Transnational Settings (Chair tbc)

  • Pim Higginson, University of New Mexico – Eating at the Margins: Foodways in a Postcolonial State
  • Joshua Dunn, University of South Carolina – Performing Resistance: Reinterpreting the Demolition of Maroko in Chris Abani’s Graceland
  • James McCorkle, Hobart and William Smith Colleges – Chris Abani: A Poetics at the Crossroads of Topography and Gender
  • Van Kelly, University of Kansas – “To Cut Ichi:” Transnational Geography of Faces in Chris Abani and J-M G. Le Clézio

K.15 - Memory and Migration (Chair tbc)

  • Mingqing Yuan, University of Bayreuth – Hidden and Intertwined Memories and Spaces: The Global South in Nairobi to Shenzhen
  • Célia Machado, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia – Jewish Characters in Diaspora in Africa and Europe: Pepetela’s Fiction
  • Japheth Muindu, University of Kabianga – Diasporic Subjectivities in Dinaw Mengestu’s Children of the Revolution
  • Gloria Onyeoziri-Miller, University of British Columbia – Léonora Miano’s Critique of Forgetting

K.16 - Literary Representations of Northern Nigeria (Chair tbc)

  • Onyebuchi James Ile, Nigerian Turkish Nile University – Literature and Fundamentalism: Born on a Tuesday as Insight into the Nature of Religious Extremism in Nigeria
  • Ayo Osisanwo, University of Ibadan – The Chibok Girls’ Release and Online Readers’ Representation of the Nigerian Government
  • Asabe Kabir Usman, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto – The Politics of Attack through Gendered Hausa Proverbs

K.17 - Semiotic and Linguistic Approaches to African Literature (Chair tbc)

  • Anthony Eyang, University of Calabar – Stylo-Pragmatic Force and the Exploration of Immigrant Marginality in Okey Ndibe’s Foreign Gods, Inc.
  • Cecilia Kato, University of Abuja and Safiya Ismaila, University of Abuja – Names as Conversation in African Literature: Chinua Achebe’s There Was a Country, Mnguember Vicky Sylvester’s Long Shadows, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Devil on the Cross, and Garricks Chimeka’s Tomorrow Died Yesterday
  • Ajay Kumar, University of Leeds – Modes of Interiority (Language and Narration) in Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English
  • Viktorija Bezbradica, Kennesaw State University – Nuruddin Farah’s Sweet and Sour Milk: A Semiotic Approach to Change      
  • Oumar Diop, Kennesaw State University – “Rape of Semantism” and “Rape of Silence” in Sony Labou Tansi’s La Vie et Demie and Ahmadou Kourouma’s Waiting for the Vote of Wild Beasts