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Queer Africa: Resilience and Hopeful Now (NeMLA)

Boston, United States America
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Event: NeMLA
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, Interdisciplinary, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, World Literatures, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, 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
Event Date: 2024-03-07 to 2024-03-10 Abstract Due: 2023-09-30

This panel calls for stories exploring contemporary creative works as fluid and diverse moments and their relation to what it means to have an identity as both queer and African. This intersection between queer and African is fraught with conflict in the present political and social understanding of homosexuality as un-African and a Western ideology transported to Africa during colonialism. Therefore, when most African nations have made homosexuality illegal, thus, preventing human rights from queer Africans and making them surplus, this panel calls for short stories, poems, memoirs, and novel extracts about queer African characters. The panel requests stories that inherently challenge the myth that queerness is un-African and therefore is surplus to what is true African identity. The panel calls for diversity in story genre, form, style, and content representing queer African characters or living as a queer African to celebrate a surplus queer African identity through themes of resilience and hope.



Nozipho Wabatagore