A conference jointly organised by the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, UK and School of Media and Communication, Pan-African University, will be holding from August 24 - 26, 2011. The conveners of the conference are Dr. Chris Warnes of the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and Dr. James Tar Tsaaior of the School of Media and Communication, Pan-African University, Lagos, Nigeria .
Critics have long recognised the value of African literatures' representation of the mythic and the folkloric, but too often this recognition is based on an anthropological approach, where myth is seen as an expression of the pre-modern or pre-colonial. Not enough attention has been paid to the ways in which myth, through literature, can serve as a vital ingredient in the construction of the modern in Africa. Myth, legend, folklore, and appropriations from the oral tradition frequently serve to embed the imaginary in the historical, to anchor texts within communities, to allow writers to negotiate their places within a nascent African modernity.
The theme of the 2010-2011 Fellowship programme allows scholars to explore these and other issues related to the persistence of myth in African literatures, and to consider in details their implications for our sense of Africa in the twenty-first century.
To answer these questions, the convener solicits abstracts that deal with:
Paper proposals should be one page, and should list the author's name, address, university affiliations, telephone, fax, and e-mail, followed by the paper's title and an abstract of not more than 300 words. The abstract should specify the subject, questions asked, methodology and findings.
Day 1: Pan-African University, Lekki Campus.
Km 22 Lekki - Epe Expressway Ajah, Lagos.
Day 2 & 3: Pan-African University, Victoria Island Campus.
2, Ahmed Onibudu Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
From the Murtala Mohammed Airport take a taxi to the Victoria Island Campus of the Pan-African University, opposite the Nigerian Law School.
2, Ahmed Onibudo Street, Victoria Island.
Please note that a taxi normally costs between N3, 000 and N5, 000.