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NeMLA-Northeast Modern Language Association 52nd Annual Convention March 11-14, 2021 (yes)

Philadelphia, PA
Organization: NeMLA
Event: yes
Categories: Postcolonial, French, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, African & African Diasporas
Event Date: 2021-03-11 to 2021-03-14 Abstract Due: 2020-08-30

Visual Africa: Francophone Women's Aesthetic Representations of Africa (WIF-Women in French session) (Roundtable) AREA: French and Francophone / Women's and Gender Studies

Chair: Anna Rocca (Salem State University: arocca@salemstate.edu)

This panel invites papers on francophone African women's artistic and cinematic representations of contemporary Africa. How do African women artists relate with stereotypes and essential notions and visual representations of Africa, the latter created for Westerners' consumption? How do female artists appropriate and imagine cultural heritage? Are they defining new aesthetics and perspectives of (national) identity? Do women artist posit a multiplicity of shifting ranging from static binary categories such as North/South, black/white, African/European, foreign/national, to overlapping identity formation as well as localized, situational, and/or hyphenated identities?

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