By AiW Guest: Judyannet Muchiri.
Judyannet Muchiri: This is a heavy story and yet there are moments of stillness, joy, love, and tenderness, if you will. I wonder how it is for you as a writer to capture this human existence in its totality as you have done in Afterlives.
Abdulrazak Gurnah: My interest was not to write about the war or the ugliness of colonialism. Instead I want to make sure the context in which war and colonialism happened is understood. And that the people in that context were people with entire existences. I want to show how people who are wounded by the war and by life itself cope in these circumstances. Using the unexpected kindnesses in the story, I wanted to show that there is potential for kindness in people and sometimes circumstances can draw such kindness from us.
In the wake of a bad dream, one of the protagonists in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Afterlives, Hamza, laments: “such noise and screams and blood”. These words keep resounding when one thinks about the disruption caused by colonialism in Africa – how our grandparents and ancestors must have felt with the arrival of those who set themselves up as colonial masters.
AiW note: Earlier this week we published Kwame Osei-Poku’s review of Limbe to Lagos: Nonfiction From Cameroon and Nigeria (2020, The Mantle). Compiled by Dami Ajayi, Dzekashu MacViban, and Emmanuel Iduma, Limbe to Lagos is an edited collection of non-fiction… Read More ›
African Literature Association 46th Annual Conference ‘Beyond Censorship?’ May 27th – 31st, 2020 Washington D.C. Censorship, from colonial times until the crumbling of authoritarian regimes in the 1990s, was a threat hovering over the landscape of the first generations of writers,… Read More ›
The African Association for Rhetoric in collaboration with the United States International University-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, Announces its 9th biennial Conference, themed: ‘RHETORICAL (RE)INVENTION OF AFRICA IN THE 21ST CENTURY’ July 22-24, 2020 In the milieu that saw most African nations… Read More ›
‘Colonial and Postcolonial Print Mobilities: Black Periodicals and Local Publications, 1880-present’ A Workshop at Newcastle University, 10-12 June 2020 The workshop at Newcastle University, UK will explore local and global networks of circulation for literary and political writing produced by black authors,… Read More ›
AiW Guest: Maëline Le Lay Peter Kimani is an award-winning author. He was 1 of 3 poets commissioned to compose and present a poem marking Obama’s 2009 inauguration. Born in 1971 in Kenya, he has won the Jomo Kenyatta Prize… Read More ›
We are delighted to share the following information about this great event next week! Books & Rhymes in partnership with the Centre for African Studies at SOAS are excited to invite you to an event titled: “Bọ́lẹ̀kájà to Bọ́lẹ̀kásọ̀rọ̀”: Why I’m… Read More ›
Intercultural Encounters, Historicity and Cultural Communication for Development In honour of Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Arole Oodua, Ojaja II While diverse accounts of the origin of the Yoruba have been appropriated by historians and scholars in cultural studies such as… Read More ›
Call for submissions for futuristic imaginaries Not afraid of the ruins #2: Local science fictions Utopian dreamers, other-worldly explorers, and psychonautic adventurers; scholars, activists, students, and critics: drawing inspiration from the online political ecology magazine Uneven Earth and following the… Read More ›
We are pleased to share the Call for Papers and Panels for a two-day Conference on ‘Racialisation and Publicness in Africa and the African Diaspora’ which will be held at the University of Oxford, from 27-28 June, 2019. From the… Read More ›
The fifth edition of Asixoxe –Let’s Talk! Conference on African Philosophy: Africa in a Polycentric World: Cosmopolitanism and the Local, organized jointly by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL) of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)… Read More ›
LUCAS Annual Lecture We are delighted to announce details of the LUCAS Annual Lecture for this academic year: Conscripts of Colonial Modernity in Chinua Achebe’s Rural Novels Professor Ato Quayson (New York University)
Call for Papers European University Institute (EUI, Florence) Workshop ‘Colonialism and education in a comparative perspective: analysing gendered civilizing missions (ca. 1850-1970)’ 26 October 2017, Florence deadline: 20 April 2017 In recent years, education has received renewed attention from… Read More ›
AiW Author: Katarzyna Kubin “In the late 19th and early 20th century, the German Empire was one of the largest European colonial powers,” states the Foreword to the catalogue for the Deutsches Historisches Museum’s exhibit on German colonial history. Unlike… Read More ›
AiW Guest: Tamara Moellenberg The second edition of Trevor R. Getz’s and Liz Clarke’s Abina and the Important Men (OUP, 2016) creates a scholarly ‘forum’ around Abina, a nineteenth-century Ghanaian woman who sought her freedom from slavery through the British… Read More ›
Call For Papers 17th Annual Africa Conference at the University of Texas at Austin (March 31-April 2, 2017 Austin, TX) Convened by: Dr. Toyin Falola, Department of History, UT Austin “Rupturing Colonial Legacies:Colonialisms and Decolonizations in Africa and the… Read More ›
AiW Guest Katarzyna Kubin The National Theatre’s production of Lorraine Hansberry’s play, Les Blancs, directed by Yaël Farber, involved phenomenal use of sound, music and lighting, live fire on stage, and a nuanced mastery of the smallest details: from the… Read More ›
Philosophy of “Race” and Racism Conference 27-29 June 2016 University of Oxford, Philosophy Faculty W. E. B. Du Bois famously wrote that “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line”. All of us now are well… Read More ›
The Cultural Politics of Dirt in Africa A seminar by Professor Steph Newell (University of Sussex) June 10, 11am – 12pm Seng Tee Lee Room, Senate House Library, London As part of the Scolma Lunchtime Seminar Series 2015, Professor Steph… Read More ›