On our radar
African Literature and the Press (19-20th March 2018, Montpellier)
This conference will reflect on the reciprocal relationship between the press and African literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. From colonial news bulletins to online magazines, via illustrated glossy magazines and daily papers created after the independences, the press has been a decisive mode of dissemination for African writers.
New Publication: Extro- and Emergent Versions of Christopher Mlalazi’s Running with Mother
In her recent article in Journal of African Cultural Studies, Ashleigh Harris from our research programme explores new methods for reading emergent literary strategies and forms in contemporary African fiction.
Open Lecture: Feminism, Cosmopolitanism and Female African Writers
Paula Uimonen from the research programme will give a public lecture at Farsta Kulturhus on 26th October 2017.
Loose Tongues conference programme
The World Literatures research group is organising the conference "Loose Tongues: World Literature and the Vernacular" at Stockholm University, 23-25 August 2017. The programme can be accessed here and the poster can be found here. The keynote lectures by Daniel Heller-Roazen, Eileen Julien and Francesca Orsini are open to the public.
Cosmopolitan Aesthetics, Vernacular Crime Narratives
Louise Nilsson from our research group will present the paper “Cosmopolitan Aesthetics, Vernacular Crime Narratives: The Visual Framing of Nordic Crime Fiction on a Global Book Market”, at the American Comparative Literature Association’s annual meeting in Utrecht, 6-9th July 2017, in the session Worlding Crime Fiction: From the National to the Global (organizers Dr Stewart King Dr Alistair Rolls, Dr Jesper Gulddal).
Afropolitan Literature as World Literature (edited collection, Bloomsbury Publishing)
Afropolitanism currently inflects many academic and popular conversations about African literature. The term is mobilized to celebrate African influence in the world and to characterize the proliferation of African literature that is disconnected from the daily lives of average people residing on the continent. It refuses victimhood for Africans in the wake of patronizing representations by the likes of CNN, BBC, and KONY 2012 and sells a version of Africa ready-made for western reading tastes. It represents a formidable ideology formulated by Achille Mbembe, among others, and a way to sell $30 novelty T-shirts to American hipsters. In short, Afropolitanism is contradictory and controversial: it is liberating but confining, African but western-orientated, and academic but steeped in popular culture.
Call for papers: Slavery, Memory and Literature
Call for papers for the workshop “Slavery, Memory and Literature
Paris, October 18-19 2017
Columbia Global Center and EHESS
Entangled Literatures and Cultures
Stefan Helgesson is giving a keynote lecture at the conference "Entangled Literatures and Cultures: Systems of Relations, Intersections, Reciprocity", organised by the Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences in Tallinn, 25-26 May 2017.
Workshop: Limits of Cosmopolitanism
5 May 2017, Stockholm University, Kräftriket 26, Asian Library (Asienbiblioteket)
Organised by Stefan Helgesson, Elisabeth Herrman, Irmy Schweiger.