Luso/Hispanophone Caucus of the African Literature Association (LHCALA)
Call for Papers
Poetics and Politics of Resistance: Voices from African and African-Descendant Lusophone and Hispanic Cultures
In light of the central theme of the 2014 ALA Conference - Texts, Modes and Repertoires of Living in and beyond the Shadows of Apartheid- LHCALA invites proposals that explore the aesthetic constructions of resistance in African and African-descendant creative expression in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Africa, Europe and the Americas. Resistance is understood here not only in terms of political action but also as a poetic strategy engaged with dominant paradigms in various manifestations of human interaction. Human longings for basic necessities and non-material forms of fulfillment implicitly question dominant ideas of national and global actors, and their aesthetic expression provides opportunities to explore and appreciate alternative viewpoints.
The venue of the conference and the commemoration of the twenty-year anniversary of the end of apartheid invite reflection upon the role of creative action in articulating the complex and nuanced dynamics of relations of power in Africa and its diasporas. Additionally, we are interested in exploring new forms of expression arising from the innovative ways in which Afro-Luso/Hispanic writers and other artists circumvent economic, social, political, geographic and similar barriers to local and global dialogue.
Papers may focus on these and related forms of creative expression: literature, orature, film, performance, visual art, music and digital arts. We are particularly interested in papers which are interdisciplinary in their approach and transnational in focus.
Please send an abstract of up to 500 words and a short bio to Dorothy Odartey-Wellington at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 15, 2013.
For more information on the African Literature Association Conference to be held April 9-13
2014, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, visit the ALA website http://www.africanlit.org/conference.htm
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