Conference Program

2014 John Douglas Taylor Conference: Contemporary Orientations in African Cultural Studies
May 30 – June 1st, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

Day 1
Friday, May 30th, 2014

10:00 – 11:30: Registrations

11:30 – 13:00:                                                                                    Venue:KTH 104
Welcoming Words, Dr. Peter Walmsley, Chair, Department of English and Cultural Studies, Faculty of the Humanities, McMaster University
Chair: Sarah D’Adamo
Opening Keynote
: Handel Kashope Wright, University of British Columbia. Paper Title: “What Has African Cultural Studies Done For You Lately? Autobiographical, Glocal and Intellectual Considerations of a Floating Signifier”
13:00 – 14:00: Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30: Sessions 1

15:30 – 15:45: Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:15: Sessions 2

19:00: Film Screening  


Day 2
Saturday, May 31st, 2014

9:00 – 10:00:                                                                                      Venue:KTH 104
Bonny Ibhawoh
: Pumla Dineo Gqola, University of the Witwatersrand. Paper title: “Uncontained bodies: The new South African woman, Lebo Mashile and the True Love magazine photoshop saga”

10:00 – 10:15: Coffee Break

10:15 – 11:45: Sessions 3

11:45 – 12:00: Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:30: Sessions 4

13:30 – 14:30: Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30: Sessions 5

15:30 – 16:00: Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00:                                                                                    Venue:KTH 104
Sarah Olutola
: Tsitsi Dangarembga

19:00: Conference Banquet  


Day 3
Sunday, June 1, 2014

9:00 – 10:30: Sessions 6

10:30 – 10:45: Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:15: Session 7

12:15 – 12:30: Coffee Break

12:30 – 13:30:                                                                                    Venue:KTH 104
Jesse Arseneault
Closing Keynote:
Sarah Nuttall, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research. Paper Title: “A New Agenda for Cultural Studies in South Africa”


Session Details

Sessions 1: Friday, May 30th, 2014

1.1Affective Archives
Venue: KTH 107

Chair: Jesse Arseneault

– Neville Hoad, “Literary Animism and Kgebetli Moele’s The Book of the Dead: Archives of sexual feeling in crisis”

– Madeleine Hron, “Weep Not & Grow Up, Child: ‘Illegal’ Anti-Sentimentalism in Bulwayo, Adichie & Evaristo”

– Sarah Kastner, “‘To find a meaning, to find resolve’: Archiving Yvonne Vera and her silence about HIVAIDS”

1.2 Feminist Translations
Venue: KTH 106

Chair: Jennifer Schmidt

– Jan-Therese Mendes, “(Re)inventing Africanness in Diaspora: Muslim women and the Project of Belonging”

– Jessie Forsyth, “Africanist and Indigenous Scholarship: A Case for Reconfigured Collaborations”

– Simidele Dosekun,Post-feminism in Africa: New Sensibilities and Subjectivities”


Sessions 2:

2.1 Queer and Gendered Mobilities
Venue: KTH 107

Chair: Meg Samuelson

– Julie Cairnie, “Reading Running”

– Nesochi Chinwuba, “Who Born You! Queer African Men in Diaspora and the Development of their Cultural Sexual Identity”

– Leslie Allin, “Re-Envisioning Liberian Masculinity: Joseph Walter’s Guanya Pau

2.2 Power, Politics and Social Change
Venue: KTH 106

Chair: Sarah Olutola

– Arua Oko Omaka, “Negotiating Social Change in an African Society: The Edda of Southeastern Nigeria”

– Oheneba Boateng, “South Africa: Towards a Theory of Southern Humanitarianism”

– Terver Akpar, “Power, Politics and Identity: Evolving Majorities and Minorities of Nigeria’s Cultural and Hybrid Pluralisms”


Sessions 3:

3.1 African Youth Cultures
Venue: KTH 107

Chair: Handel Kashope Wright

– Helene Strauss, “‘I Am Mzansi’: Packaged Feelings and Popular Youth Cultures in Contemporary South African Documentary Film”

– Paul Ugor, “Markets, States and Generation: African Youth in the Age of Neoliberal Globalization”

– Allison Mackey “Community/ Connection 2.0: African Youth, Social Media, and the Re-Orientation of Affective Belonging”

3.2 Diasporic Returns
Venue: KTH 106

Chair: Jessie Forsyth

– Camille Isaacs, “We Need a New Language: The Influence of America in the works of Bulawayo and Adiche”

– Chigbo Anyaduba, “Africa and Its Diasporas?”

– Helena Oikarinen-Jabai, “Second generation Finnish Somali youth as cultural mediators”


Sessions 4:

4.1 Race Talk
Venue: KTH 107

Chair: Julie Cairnie

– Thabisani Ndlovu, “‘All Poor Together?’: Race and Stylistics of Begging at Traffic Lights in Johannesburg”

– Chielozana Eze, “Look, a White African: Shifting Conceptions of Culture and Identity in Africa”

– Marthinus Conradie, “New South Africa Speak: Race talk in an undergraduate debate on racialisation in post-apartheid South Africa”

4.2 Art, Activism and Cultural Studies
Venue: KTH 106

Chair: Allison Mackey

– Aidah Naluwbowa and Leslie Robinson, “Art, Agency and African Youth: Toward Decolonizing Research Through Artivism”

– Amatoritsero Ede, “Third Generation African Literature as Failed Social Thought”

– Katherine Karpiak, “‘STRONG’ Women and Resilience in Adichie’s Literary Corpus: Beyond Afro-Pessimism & Optimism”


Session 5:

5.1 Cultural Exchanges across Continents and Oceans
Venue: KTH 107

Chair: Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi

– Meg Samuelson, “Cultural Studies from Littoral Africa: Case Studies from Zanzibar and the South African Beach”

– Sarah Olutola, “Global Madonnas: Contemporary Transnational Adoption as part of Religious Missionary Work in Nigeria.”

– Susan Spearey, “The Limits of Access: Cultural Translation, Ethical Solicitation and the Navigation of Distance in J.T. Rogers’s The Overwhelming

5.2 Cinematic and Online Africas
Venue: KTH 106

Chair: Diana Mafe

– Manouchka Kelly Labouba, “The essence of African cinema: diverging media ideologies in Sub-Saharan African cinema”

– Anulika Agina, “Nigerian Filmmakers and the construction of a political past (1967-1998)”

– Nicholus Nyika, “Discourses of ethnicity in Zimbabwe: Deliberative democracy or online misogyny?”


Session 6:

6.1 Roundtable: “Beyond the Human: Animality in Contemporary African Contexts”
Venue: KTH 107

Chair: Sarah D’Adamo

– Jesse Arseneault

– Jordan Sheridan

– Nandini Thiyagarajan


6.2 Relational Cultural Imaginaries
Venue: KTH 106

Chair: Paul Ugor

– Stephen Ney and Sana Saidykhan, “Anti-Escapist Novels: New Gambian Texts that Challenge Mobility Myths” (SKYPE – VSEE)

– John Nkengasong, “Imagining the Past: Literary Archaeology and the Construction of the Cameroonian Cultural Text”


Session 7:

7.1 Feminist Afro-futures
Venue: KTH 107

Chair: Pumla Gqola

– Diana Mafe, “Last Hope: The Black Madonna in Children of Men

– Adwoa Afful, “Itinerant Futures: Afrofuturist Feminism, African Migrant Subjectivities and Black Cultural Production”

– Jennifer Schmidt, ““The Girls Who Don’t Die: Subversions of Gender and Genre in Recent Fiction by Lauren Beukes”

7.2 Education
Venue: KTH 106

Chair: Marthinus Conradie

– Blessing Makwambeni, “Articulating Cultural Studies in the Evaluation of Contemporary Entertainment Education (E-E) Television Drama on HIV and AIDS in Black South African Communities”

– Sarah D’Adamo, “‘Adaptation theory’ and the legacy of colonial education policy”

– Yunusy Ngumbi, “Parental Abandonment and Family Life ‘in between’”

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