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Renaissance in African Literature: New Geographies of Imagination (PAMLA)

Los Angeles, California at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center and Hotel
Organization: Pacific Ancient Modern Language Associaition
Event: PAMLA
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, Gender & Sexuality, World Literatures, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2022-11-11 to 2022-11-13 Abstract Due: 2022-07-10 Submit Abstract

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African literature enjoys a relative Renaissance in the 21st century with an increasing number of new voices. With these new voices come new protocols of representation, new aesthetics, new techniques of narration, and new publishing platforms like Instagram and other digital media. In all, this Renaissance seeks to fulfill Chinua Achebe’s confidence in the profundity and fertility of imagination in Africa: "It is morning yet on creation day." This special session creates an opportunity for an exploration of the Renaissance in African literature and hopes to identify the nature of the new tradition. More important, the session recognizes the diversity among the emerging voices and complexity of their narratives as cauldrons of new understanding about Africa and African identity.   

The session studies the new voices in African literature both in diaspora and in the continent to explore a continuity and/or discontinuity in the representation of African culture and identity;  it seeks to position African literature as a portent medium for understanding African consciousness and culture, for defending African community, and thereby seeks to answer the following questions: what has African literature become in the context of globalism? How has diaspora imagination affected African literature? What new ideas or aesthetics are emerging in African literature? How do new African writers sustain, challenge, and/or represent African culture? 

Proposals for this session, as such, should aim at contemporary, 21st century (New) African writers both in diaspora, on the web, and in the continent, and address issues relative, but not limited, to

· Narration

· Gender

· Sexuality

· Queerness

· Transnationalism

· Nationalism

· Migration

· Culture

· War

· Poetics

· Colonialism

· Decoloniality

· Language

· Orature

· Ethnicity

· Translation

To submit a proposal, please, click on the PAMLA link below.  You will be required to create a user account if you do not have one already.

https://pamla.ballastacademic.com

jude.okpala@utsa.edu

Jude Okpala