(Re)membering Africa: Women’s Narratives on the Continent and Beyond
Workshop: March 28 – 30, 2019
University of Houston
In his book, Re-membering Africa, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o states that “the history of Africa has not simply been one of deprivation, dispossession and exploitation but also one of resistance and struggle. At the centre of this struggle has been the quest for remembering Africa so brutally dis-membered…”
(Re)membering Africa: Women’s Narratives on the Continent and Beyond is a workshop for African literary and media criticism and it seeks to engage in this continuing quest to counter “deprivation, dispossession and exploitation” and to prioritize engagement with history, politics, critical theory, postcolonial theory, feminist theories and theories of literature in order to center African discourse in the long struggle of African people to reclaim and recover the continent.
(Re)membering offers rich potential for creative and critical innovations:
- the awareness of something that is known, but unemphasized
- the revolving, dialectic relationship of the past and the present
- the recollection or reconciliation of the members/parts, of a whole, separated historically or intellectually
Through (Re)membering, the organisers seek to focus discourse on Africa and African diasporic communities, both on the continent and around the world. The aim is to recognize that the criticism of African literature and film is a necessary component in the creation and communication of African letters and media. The criticism of African literature and film has enjoyed periods of vogue and emphasis in North America but, often the work of scholars is done in insolation and across the expanse of geographical separation from other critics, thinkers and writers. The intensive workshop, (Re)membering Africa, brings together scholars at different stages of their career, including advanced graduate students, early-career scholars, and advanced scholars to workshop papers about African and African-diasporic literature and film.
Because women’s creative and critical production is often under-evaluated and un-critiqued within academia and, to some extent, within the cultural nexus of the woman/women’s creative/critical production, (Re)membering will focus on the work of women of/from Africa and the African-diaspora. The organisers also welcome work about feminist themes, epistemes, and work about female characters regardless of gender of the author/auteur/director.
The academic workshops will focus on academic papers. Each workshop will be moderated and consist of three participants. The workshops will be observed by auditors (i.e. other conference participants and faculty) who may ask questions during the last 20 minutes of each session. Workshop papers will pre-circulate one month in advance and participants must prepare written feedback in advance.
Keynote Speaker: Susan Andrade
Featured Speaker: Tsitsi Dangarembga
You are invited to send proposals for academic papers about literature and film from Africa and/or the African diasporas that think critically about:
- Feminist Epistemologies in Narrative and/or Film
- Afrofuturism in Narrative and/or Film
- Women’s Political Engagement in Narrative and/or Film
- Ideological engagement in female-authored and/or feminist novels
- Realism in Narrative and/or Film
- Post/Modernity in Narrative and/or Film
- Post/Colonialism in Narrative and/or Film
- Representations of Sexuality in Narrative and Film
- Representations of Women in Narrative and Film
- African and/or African Diasporic Anglophone Narrative and/or Film
- Francophone Narrative and/or Film
- Caribbean Narrative and/or Film
Submit individual abstracts (250 – 300 words) and a brief bio (up to 150 words) by the deadline of January 4, 2019 to https://goo.gl/forms/XkPM3IKO3ZFVc2W62
This deadline has been extended!
Please indicate specific accessibility needs and preferred accommodations.
For more questions about the academic workshop, please contact Maurine Ogbaa (firstname.lastname@example.org).