TOWARDS AFRICAN CULTURAL STUDIES

 

 

PROGRAM

 

 

FRIDAY 1 MAY

 

8:30-9:00       REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

 

9:00-9:15       Welcome 

Associate Dean Susan M.  Zaeske

College of Letters & Science

 

9:15-9:30       Introduction           

Aliko Songolo, Chair

Department of African Languages & Literature

 

9:30-11:00     Session 1.  Cultural Studies:  Localities and Commodities

 

Matthew H. Brown, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Seeing the Field for the Particles: On the Relations between Producers, Texts, and Audiences in Nollywood.”

 

Subha Xavier, Emory University. “Migrant Modes: Mobility and the Market in Contemporary African Cultural Production”

 

Emily Callaci, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Dar After Dark: Dance, Desire and Conspicuous Consumption in Dar es Salaam’s Nightlife.”

 

Moderator:  Jo Ellen Fair, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

11:00-11:15   Coffee Break

 

11:15-12:45   Session 2. The Languages of  Cultural Studies

 

Katrina Daly Thompson, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Contextualizing Popobawa: Multivocality and the Shifting Meanings of a Swahili Text.”

 

Shani Omari, University of Dar es Salaam. “Revive the Past, Live the Present: The Case of (Self)Praise Lyrics in Hip Hop and Bongo Fleva Music in Tanzania.”

 

Sinfree Bullock Makoni, Pennsylvania State University. “Ageing in Africa as a Prism to African Cultural Studies.”

 

Moderator: Dustin Cowell, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

12:45-2:00     Lunch Break

 

2:00-2:45       Jazz Mama. Film by Petna Ndaliko Katondolo

                        Introduction by Chérie Rivers Ndaliko

 

2:50-4:20       Session 3. Sights and Sounds of Cultural Studies

 

Chérie Rivers Ndaliko, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Jazz Mama: Re-framing Congolese Women through Film and Song.”

 

John Nimis, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Reading Across Media: ‘Musical Readings’ in Congolese Literature and Cinema”

 

Ziad Bentahar, Towson University. “Africaphilia or Arabophobia? When Moroccan youth sang ‘Africa!’”

 

Moderator: Michael Schatzberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

4:20-4:35       Coffee Break

 

4:35-4:45       Introduction of Karin Barber: Tejumola Olaniyan

 

4:45-6:00       Keynote Presentation

 

Karin Barber, University of Birmingham, UK. “Language, Text and Popular Culture in African Studies.”

 

 

Saturday 2 May

 

8:30-9:00       Continental Breakfast

 

9:00-10:30     Session 4. Cultural Studies and Politics

 

Luís Madureira, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Adrift Between Neoliberalism and the Revolution: Cape Verde and the South Atlantic in Germano Almeida’s Eva”

 

Damon Sajnani, Northwestern University & Harvard University. “The Meaning of African Diaspora: Foregrounding the Political”

 

Nirvana Tanoukhi, University of Wisconsin-Madison.“Writing With(out) a Purpose: Two Manuals for Students of Writing from Southern Africa (1979, 1981)”

 

Moderator: Ellen Sapega, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

10:30-10:45   Coffee Break

 

10:45-10:55   Introduction of Manthia Diawara: Ronald Radano

 

10:55-12:10   Keynote Presentation.

 

Manthia Diawara, New York University. “Présence Africaine and the Origins of African Cultural Studies.”

 

12:10-1:30     Lunch Break

 

                                                                                                                                   

1:30-3:00       Concluding Roundtable. The Significance of Cultural Studies

 

Samuel England, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Chérie Rivers Ndaliko, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

John Nimis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Ronald Radano, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

 

Subha Xavier, Emory University

 

Chair:  Tejumola Olaniyan, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

 

7:00-9:00       An Evening with Djo Tunda wa Munga, Film Director

                        (preceded by the projection of Viva Riva!)

 

Moderator: Matthew Brown