Emergent Discourses on African Literature at Africa Writes
Friday 3 July 2015, 2:00-3:30PM, British Library
Africa Writes is an annual festival organised by the Royal African Society, which aims to promote contemporary African writing and writers as well as to explore Africa’s long literary past and its future.
Academic discourse on African literatures is characterised by a continuous process of debate, reassessment of theories and redefinition of terms. The very concept of ‘African literature’ is a problematic one because it conveys a certain homogeneity, ignoring the wide diversity of written and oral literature stemming from the continent and the diaspora. By bringing together a range of exciting new scholarship, this session hosted at the British Library aims to open up the ideas of and approaches to ‘African literature’ represented at the festival.
Chaired by Carli Coetzee (Editor, Journal of African Cultural Studies), the panel will feature 7-8 short presentations (no longer than 10 minutes) that reflect new research across diverse areas of these fields of study. We are particularly keen to showcase work that explores African literature with a long historical view and in African languages, as well as present-day African narratives and contributions that reflect on the changing landscape of the publishing industry.
Panelists will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for consideration by the Journal of African Cultural Studies.
If you are interested in presenting, please email an abstract of no more than 200 words to firstname.lastname@example.org, by Tuesday 12 May 2015.