"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
News November 2020: Uimonen, Paula. 2020. Invoking Flora Nwapa. Nigerian Women Writers, Femininity and Spirituality in World Literature. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press.
Open access, free download online.
News July 2020: Uimonen, Paula. 2020. "African Women Writers, Creolised Aesthetics and Decolonial Worldmaking," paper presented in the panel Creolisation and conviviality at EASA 2020 20-24 July 2020.
News June 2019. New article: Uimonen, Paula. 2019. Muse and Power: African Women Writers and Digital Infrastructure in World Literature. Anthropology and Humanism, Special Section on Anthropologies of World Literatures.
News May 2019. New article: Uimonen, Paula. 2019. Decolonising cosmopolitanism:
Critique of Anthropology.
News November 2018. Open access publication: Uimonen, Paula. 2018. Zuhura the African Lioness: Performance Poetry, Digital Media and the Transnational Tangle in World Literature, in World Literatures. Exploring the Cosmopolitan-Vernacular Exchange, edited by S Helgesson et al.
Stockholm: Stockholm University Press.
News April 2018. Public events at Stockholm Literature Fair and Stockholm City Library/International Library on 13-16 April. More info.
News October 2017. Efuru@50 documentary film now public on YouTube with subtitles.
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.
This project explores transnational dynamics in the literary production of African women writers in NIgeria and Tanzania, with an emphasis on feminism and cosmopolitanism. It examines local literary worlds as well as digital mediations in literary production and exchange, including social and visual media. Research through ethnographic fieldwork.
Kvinnor med kraft att förändra en kontinent
26 oktober 2017
En öppen föreläsning om afrikanska kvinnliga författare, feminism och kosmopolitism med Paula Uimonen, docent i socialantropologi.
Kulturhuset Fanfaren, Farsta
Flora Nwapa and African Women in World Literature
14 April 2018
A conversation between Paula Uimonen, Stefan Helgesson and Uzoma Nwakuche at the Stockholm Literature Fair, in collaboration with Stockholm City Library/International Library.
Flora Nwapa's Literary Legacy
16 April, 2018
Paula Uimonen and Uzoma Nwakuche discuss the literary legacy of Flora Nwapa at the International Library in Stockholm. Collaborative project supported by Stockholm University.