Wole Soyinka: 80 Years of Protracted Engagement

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In honor of the 80th birthday, and the life-long commitment to human rights/justice, and the arts, The Journal of Pan African Studies (www.jpanafrican.com) will host a special edition on Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka, a Nigerian writer, playwright, poet and human rights activist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986, becoming the first person in Africa to receive the award. An activist in Nigeria's fight for independence, Soyinka was imprisoned in solitary confinement from 1967 to 1969 for writing an article that called for a cease-fire. To this day he is involved in the politics of Nigeria. Soyinka has published plays (26), poetry collections (8), essays (8), novels (2), memoirs (5), short stories (3), and film projects (3); academic and historical books. He has three honorary doctorates (University of Leeds, Harvard, and Princeton); taught at universities in Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, and he is presently Professor in Residence at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

Suggested Non-exhaustive Relevant Topics

The Poetry of Wole Soyinka
Soyinka and Political Prisoners
Activism in Exile: Wole Soyinka
Legacy/Achievements of Soyinka
Soyinka's Fight Against Apartheid
Towards a Critical Reading of Soyinka
Yoruba Tradition/Religion via Soyinka
The Political Philosophy of Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka's Return and Exit from Nigeria
Conceptualizing the Plays of Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka: Annotated Bibliography/Bibliographic Essay


Abstract Submission Deadline: August 17, 2014
Full Paper Submission Deadline: December 26, 2014


Send a single spaced title and an abstract (250 words or less) in 12pts New Times Roman. Identify the name of the contributor(s), his or her institutional affiliation(s), location and email address. Limit full paper to 7,500 words double spaced with 12pts in New Times Roman using MS Word. Place 'cover page' notice in the body of the e-mail, and send the full paper as a MS Word attachment with 'W. Soyinka Paper' in the subject position to: atjpas@gmail.com. For specific guidelines for manuscript submission see: http://jpanafrican.com/submission.htm.

Itibari M. Zulu
Editor, The Journal of Pan African Studies,
California Institute of Pan African Studies
Los Angeles, California