"African Literatures, Wole Soyinka and the Politics of the Nobel Prize" (Abstract deadline:14 November 2011)

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The English Studies Department, University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria, South Africa
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"African Literatures, Wole Soyinka and the Politics of the Nobel Prize"
February 1st – 4th 2012
Abstract deadline: 14 November 2011

The English Studies Department of the University of South Africa invites abstracts for its international conference with the theme, "African Literatures, Wole Soyinka and the Politics of the Nobel Prize." Confirmed keynote speakers are Profs. Abiola Irele, Alain Ricard, Zodwa Motsa, Susan Petrilli, Mbulelo Mzamane, Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka. The Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka is scheduled to present a public lecture under the auspices of Africa Speaks at UNISA on February 1, 2012.

This interdisciplinary conference expects submission from persons who are keen to share their new research work with their peers as the conference aims at discussing, highlighting, and giving thought-provoking and liberating views on the significance of Africa's first Nobel Laureate in Literature since winning the Nobel Prize in 1986. Proposals should focus on but they may not be limited to these perspectives. Works that will generate fresh, critical thinking on Soyinka studies in particular as well as African Literature in general will be highly considered.

Theatre scholars and practitioners are cordially invited, also, to actively participate in this conference. Proposals are invited for panels affiliated with the conference scope as envisioned by the practitioners of the thespian arts. Robust panels that will provide platforms and vibrant opportunity for industry practitioners to share their practical development experiences on specific new challenges and emerging issues with regard to performing Wole Soyinka are highly sought.

Proposals should consist of two pages. The first page should include name, title of paper, university affiliation, mailing address, email address, and phone number. The second page should contain a 250-word proposal outlining presentation topic and thesis. Proposal should indicate how paper will incorporate the conference theme. Please do not include any identifying information on the second page of the proposal as to eliminate the possibility of bias in selection. Kindly send Microsoft Word file to ohwovbco@unisa.ac.za

The following broad themes are suggested for proposals: politics, literature, theatre, history, philosophy, language, humour, metaphor, cultural studies, ethnicity and national identity, postcolonial, theory, popular culture, memory, orality, cosmopolitanism, politics of heritage, cultural politics, film studies and translation and migration.

The committee will notify those selected by November 21, 2011.