Human Rights, Literature, and the Visual Arts in Africa and the Diaspora
*Deadline Extended to January 30, 2012*
The 38th Annual Meeting of the African Literature Association
at the historic and beautiful
April 11-15, 2012
Keynote Speakers Include
Fabien Eboussi Boulaga
The issue of Human Rights has been central to thinking about Africa throughout the modern era, ranging from debates about the legality and ethics of the slave trade to the questions about the rights and status of African immigrants in US and Europe that shape the contemporary political and media landscape. It is no surprise, therefore, that such questions are also given significant space in African literature, African cinema, African popular music, and other related and non-related cultural media. But what do we mean when we speak of Human Rights? Are we asserting a natural and universal equality among all people, regardless of race, class, gender, or geography, or are we perpetuating an Enlightenment-era, universalist doctrine that dictates the terms of relations between Africa and the West? Moreover, how does the question of Human Rights manifest in literature, cinema, music, the internet, etc. and how do the formal conventions and implied audience of each of these shape and influence the exploration of Human Rights both within that particular medium or genre and in broader debates?
We invite an exploration of these and similar topics, including, but not limited to:
Narrating women’s rights
War and conflict
Prisoners of conscience
Philanthropy and Humanitarianism
Human rights as discourse
Innocence and guilt
Sovereignty and agency
Freedom of speech
Freedom of the press
Sovereign power and bio-politics in Africa
Human Rights in theory and practice
Human rights as utopia
Africa and Global justice
Colonization and Human rights
Religion and Human rights
Law and (dis)order in Africa
Africa in Third World resistance
Proposals for papers or full panels should be sent to ALA2012dallastx@gmail.com by January 30, 2012.
Proposals for papers should be 1 page and should include name, email address, full mailing address, telephone, country and institutional affiliation.
Proposals for panels should include a one page summary of the scope and focus of the panel in addition to 1 page summaries for each paper.
Panel proposals should also include the name, email address, full mailing address, telephone, country and institutional affiliation of each participant, and should designate a panel Chair.
ALA membership dues should be paid in full by January 30, 2012, in order to guarantee full consideration for inclusion in the conference.
*Following ALA tradition, papers and panels on all other aspects of African literature, arts, and film are also considered.
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
THE EMBREY HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM
Department of World Languages and Literatures
Southern Methodist University
Dallas TX 75275
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