"When I do write about women in Nigeria, in Africa, I try to paint a positive picture about women because there are many women who are very, very positive in their thinking, who are very, very independent and very, very industrious." Flora Nwapa, Nigeria
"I believe that the liberation of the woman has to be part of the liberation of the society itself." Penina Mlama, Tanzania
This project explores transnational dynamics in the literary production of African women writers in NIgeria and Tanzania, with an emphasis on feminism and Pan-Africanism. It examines local literary worlds as well as digital mediations in literary production and transnational exchange, including social and visual media. Research through ethnographic fieldwork.
Digital media open up new venues for literary production. More writers are present online, along with readers, critics and scholars. Many writers also appear in videos and other forms of media coverage, much of which is posted online. Here I collect some of the online material I have come across. I will also share audiovisual material from this project.
EVENTS & PRESENTATIONS
Nov. 29-December 11, 2016
A celebration of Flora Nwapa, pioneer of African women literature. A 5-city national event in Nigeria, with a number of activities ranging from symposia to writing competitions and drama sketches of ‘Efuru.’
Workshop for Worldlit.se
September 15-16, 2016
Workshop in Uppsala, Sweden for all 26 sub-projects of the research program Cosmopolitan and vernacular dynamics in world literatures. Sharing and planning together for upcoming activities, including our first joint publication.
Nordic Africa Days
September 23-24, 2016
Biannual conference of the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden. Theme: Gender & change: global challenges for Africa? Interesting panel on “We must all be feminists”: Confronting feminisms from African points of view"
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