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The 35th Annual African Literature Association Conference

African Literature Association Conference: Call for Papers

AFRICAN LITERATURE ASSOCIATION
35TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
APRIL 15- 19, 2009
UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

FIRST CALL FOR PANELS, ROUNDTABLES, AND PAPERS

GENERAL THEME: Africa and Blackness in World Literature and Visual Arts

The last two ALA conferences focused on various ways African and African Diaspora literature has functioned as a cultural catalyst that nurtures black people’s subjectivity in the age of globalization. As a conclusion to the series, the 35th Annual ALA Conference will focus on the ways creative writers and artists from other cultural traditions have imagined Africa and blackness in the past as well as the extent to which that imagining has evolved and can be said to foster intersubjective dialogue in the age of globalization. As always, the conference will also welcome panels on other unexplored or inadequately explored aspects of African and African Diaspora literature.

SUBTHEMES:

  • Africa and Blackness in Classical Literature and Visual Arts
  • Africa and Blackness in Modern Literature and Visual Arts
  • Africa and Blackness in Contemporary Literature and Visual Arts
  • Africa in African Immigrant Writers’ Literature and Visual Arts
  • Africa in African American and African Caribbean Literature and Visual Arts
  • Black Artists and Reconstitution of Black People’s Subjectivity
  • Cosmopolitanism in African and African Diaspora Literature
  • African and African Diaspora Literary Criticism and Global Cultural Dynamisms
  • Postcolonialism and Postcoloniality in Relation to Africa and Blackness
  • Approaches to Teaching African and African Diaspora Literature
    (Teachers Workshop)
  • Other aspects of African and African Diaspora Literature

Plenary speakers: Wole Soyinka, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Magdalene Odundo, Michael Echeruo, V.Y. Mudimbe, Nkashama Pius Ngandu (Francophone Caucus), Akachi Ezeigbo (WOCALA) and Zakes Mda.

Please send a short abstract to the conveners at ALA.conference@uvm.edu, or by mail to Lokangaka Losambe, Department of English, University of Vermont, 400 Old Mill, Burlington, VT 05405, USA. The submission deadline is January 10th, 2009. For information on pre-registration and ALA membership dues, please visit the 2009 ALA conference webpage at http://www.uvm.edu/conferences/ALA2009/?Page=registration.html

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