Digital Africas Conference

All keynotes and panels will take place in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI) in Frost Library.

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Thursday, October 12

Keynote 5:00 pm

Ato Quayson—“Aesthetic Judgment in the Era of the Digital”

Introduced by Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang

Friday, October 13 

Opening Remarks 10:00 am

Panel 1: 10:30 am-12:00 pm  WHY WALK THE LINE?

Facilitator: Kim Dionne (Smith College)


Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang—“The Wall is a Walk Over: Ghanaian Electronic Literature and Imagining the Social under Constraint”

Moses Kilolo—“Practical Vision in the Promotion of African Language Literatures through Digital Platforms”

Dami Ajayi—“The Necessities and Exigencies of Digital Publishing” 

Lunch Break 12-1 pm

Panel 2: 1:00-2:30 pm WHEN POETRY GOES PUBLIC                

Facilitator: Katwiwa Mule (Smith College)


Meg Arenberg—“Swahili Poetry’s Digital Geographies”

Shola Adenekan—“The Internet of Everything: Nigerian Poetry in the Age of Social Media”

Kwame Dawes—“Back to the Future: The African Poetry Portal”


Panel 3: 2:45-4:15 pm WHO READS, WHO WRITES?                      

Facilitator: Stephen Clingman (UMASS)


Bhakti Shringapure—“Networked Feminisms: African Women Writers in the Digital Sphere”

James Yeku—“The Text of African literature in a Digital Age”

Stephanie Bosch Santana—“The Digital Worlding of African Literatures”

Keynote 5:00 pm

Akin Adesokan—“Shifting Margins: Digital Media and New African Textual Practices”

Introduced by Shola Adenekan

Respondent, Biodun Jeyifo

Introduced by Stephanie Bosch Santana 

Saturday, October 14

Panel 4: 10:30 am-12:00 pm WHAT’S CODE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Facilitator: Amelie Hastie (Amherst College)


Ainehi Edoro—“The Conquest of Likes: The Literary Work in the Age of Social Media”

Sandy Baldwin—“Global Asymmetries in the Field of Electronic Literature”

Marisa Parham TBA 

Lunch break 12-1 pm


Facilitator: Dawn Fulton Smith College


Keguro Macharia (Wambui Mwangi)—“Queering the Digital”

Kristen Stern—“Digital Obsolescence? Abandoned Blogs in the Francophone African Literary Field”

Wambui Mwangi—“The ICC witness project

Concluding Remarks/Next Steps

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