African Literature Conference At Makerere University




The organizers of the African Literature Conference that was slated for 12-14 July 2012 have made the difficult decision to postpone the Conference to January 2013 due to circumstances that dictated so. … The organisers are working toward having the Conference in January 2013. 


African Literature Conference At Makerere University

Commemorating the June 1962 Conference of ‘African Writing of English Expression’

July 12-14, 2012

Department of Literature, Makerere University, will host a Conference in African Literature between July 12-14, 2012, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the June 1962 ‘Conference of African Writing of English Expression’ at the then Makerere College.  In view of the significance of the June 1962 Conference in charting the terrain of African Literature, we plan to make the 2012 Conference an occasion for reflection on the key strands and developments in African literature since the 1962 Conference.  It is planned that participants will analyze the new issues and directions, manifest or latent, in contemporary African literary scholarship.  We now invite submissions of abstracts and panels from writers and critics, publishers and distributors, and all who are interested in African literature.

Key Reflections
The June 1962 ‘Conference of African Writing of English Expression’ was not only the very first major international gathering of writers and critics of African literature on the African continent; it was also held at the very cusp of political independence for most African countries.  The 1962 Conference especially provided platform for designating the field of African literature.  As such it is planned that the July 2012 Conference will provide opportunity for analysis of the constellation of the forces that called African

literature into being, and provided impetus to African literary, artistic, and cultural imaginaries.  The July 2012 Conference also comes at a time when neoliberal regimes and dispensations have sought to undermine humanities knowledge productions sites, and to entrench commercialization of artistic creativity.  All this has attracted diverse responses from artists, scholars, and the broader publics, and which merit critical attention at this opportune moment.

The Conference organisers ask intending participants to submit abstracts and panel proposals that address –but are not limited to – the following themes:
•        African literature and the language question
•        Gender, feminism, sexuality in African literature
•        African literature and allied arts
•        African and African diaspora literatures
•        Orality, writing, and visuality, and African literature
•        Intellectual and cultural property issues in African literary economies
•        Prison writing, censorship, and political repression and African literature
•        New media and the circularity of African literary and cultural forms
•        Politics of literary prizes
•        African popular arts and cultures in local, national and global perspectives
•        African literature after apartheid and the cold war
•        Literary theory and contemporary African literary scholarship
•        The fate of and future of African literary societies, magazines, and journals

Abstracts and Proposed Panels
Abstracts and proposed panels of not more than 300 words, and inquiries, will be received at the following email<> up to January 14, 2012.  They will also be reviewed anonymously.  The organisers will respond to all submissions by February 14, 2012.

Okello Ogwang
Sarah Namulondo

Categories: Calls for & opportunities

4 replies

  1. So, who is applying? =)

  2. Me definitely! Would be amazing to be there, and if timing works out not too far a commute for me. Keguro Macharia recently put me in touch with Shola Adenekan at Birmingham who is interested in putting together a panel… Any of you also thinking of submitting something?

  3. Any news about this and the panel? Although I am a bit late on the scene, I’m now trying to find space to put an abstract together…

  4. Hi there! This polst could not bee written any better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my old room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this page to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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