4th African Popular Cultures Workshop at the University of Sussex: Alternative Archives

The School of English and the Sussex Africa Centre Postgraduate Committee invite you to the

4th African Popular Cultures Workshop at the University of Sussex
Alternative Archives
Monday 13th April 2015, 1.30pm – 7.30pm
English Social Space (B274), Arts B

with James Procter (Newcastle University), Bibi Bakare-Yusuf (Cassava Republic), writer Margie Orford, and Terri Ochiagha (University of Sussex).

The archive has always been a pledge, and like every pledge, a token of the future… what is no longer archived in the same way is no longer lived in the same way. (Jacques Derrida, Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression, p.18)

This workshop brings together producers, scholars and students to start a conversation about what the ‘archive’ means today in relation to the study of African popular culture. Questioning both what forms the ‘archive’ might take and the language we use to describe it, sessions will explore what the idea of an ‘alternative’ archive might mean across different genres and geographies while engaging with debates around ethics, technology, access and the ‘unofficial’ in relation to scholarship, cultural memory and Africa.

1.30 to 2.30pm, Q&A with Margie Orfordwater music

Margie Orford is an award-winning journalist and the internationally acclaimed writer of the Clare Hart series of literary crime fiction novels. She is a member of the executive board of PEN International, the president of  PEN South Africa, the patron of Rape Crisis and of the children’s book charity, the Little Hands Trust.

Margie will be in conversation about writing the archives of violence in South Africa – crime, gender violence, politics and freedom of expression and literature – as well as the alternative archives her research and work has brought her into contact with.

2.30 to 3.30pm, Q&A with Bibi Bakare-Yusuf

Black_Sparkle_RomanceBibi Bakare-Yusuf is co-founder and publishing director of one of Africa’s most important publishing houses, Cassava Republic Press, established in 2006 with the aim of building a new body of African writing that links writers across different times and spaces.

Bibi will be in conversation about founding Cassava Republic Press, the recently launched digital romance imprint Ankara Press, and the shifting relationships between print and digital, literary and popular, history and the contemporary in publishing African literature.

4.00 to 5.00pm, Plenary Lecture by James Procterpostcolonial audiences

James Procter is Reader in the School of English at Newcastle University, UK. His publications include Writing Black Britain (2000), Dwelling Places (2003), Stuart Hall (2004), and (with Benwell and Robinson) co-editor of Postcolonial Audiences (2012).  His lecture will share insights from his current Leverhulme-funded research project ‘Scripting Empire’ which explores radio literature and empire between the 1930s and late 1960s drawing on archives of West Indian and West African writing at the BBC.

5.00 to 6.30pm, Roundtable on the Alternative Archive

chaired by Professor Stephanie Newell (University of Sussex) with Bibi Bakare-Yusuf (Cassava Republic), James Procter (Newcastle University), Terri Ochiagha (University of Sussex) and Margie Orford.

achebe and friends6.30 to 7.30pm, Launch of Terri Ochiagha’s Achebe and Friends at Umuahia: The Making of a Literary Elite in James Currey’s new African Articulations series. 

This is the first in-depth scholarly study of the literary awakening of the young intellectuals who became known as Nigeria’s ‘first-generation’ writers in the post-colonial period. Ochiagha examines writers including Chinua Achebe, Elechi Amadi, Chike Momah, Chukwuemeka Ike and Christopher Okigbo in the context of their education at Government College, Umuahia.

All are welcome to attend the full or any part of the day’s events.
Enquiries and RSVP to Kate Haines (k.haines@sussex.ac.uk)
See http://www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/findus/campusmaps for maps and directions.  Please note the English Social Space is located in Arts B, Room 274.


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