Panel Ttile: Sindiwe Magona - Chronicling South Africa’s Tumultuous Path to Freedom and Beyond

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January 21, 2022
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Panel in ALA 2022 Conference - Adversity and Creativity (African Literature, Film, Media and Public Discourse)
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Panel in ALA 2022 Conference - Adversity and Creativity (African Literature, Film, Media and Public Discourse), May 18-21, 2022 (ONLINE CONFERENCE)

Panel title: Sindiwe Magona: Chronicling South Africa’s Tumultuous Path to Freedom and Beyond

In the first ten years of her writing career, which began in 1990 with the publication of To My Children’s Children, Sindiwe Magona established herself (though her autobiographies, her short stories, and her critically acclaimed novel Mother to Mother) as one of only a handful of writers drawing attention to the experiences of black women under apartheid. Since 2000, she has continued to publish stories and novels and has added three other genres (biographies, poetry, and over 130 children’s books) to her oeuvre—all written to expose and critique the many adversities that have hindered the realization of the rainbow nation envisioned in 1994. This panel will feature papers which analyze specific texts (or her writing as a whole) and which explore the relationship between her sensitivity to the shortcomings of South African society and her remarkable creativity.

Abstracts of 350 words along with a short bionote (100 words) should be sent to the panel chair Dr. Renee Schatteman schatteman@gsu.edu by Jan. 21, 2022.

Abstracts could cover topics (but not limited to):

1. Keen sense of human nature

2. Criticism of race hate and gender discrimination

3. Motherhood and apartheid

4. Empathy and autobiography