Queer Africa: Resilience and Hopeful Now

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA 2024)

This panel calls for stories exploring contemporary creative works as fluid and diverse moments and their relation to what it means to have an identity as both queer and African. This intersection between queer and African is fraught with conflict in the present political and social understanding of homosexuality as un-African and a Western ideology transported to Africa during colonialism. Therefore, when most African nations have made homosexuality illegal, thus, preventing human rights from queer Africans and making them surplus, this panel calls for short stories, poems, memoirs, and novel extracts about queer African characters. The panel requests stories that inherently challenge the myth that queerness is un-African and therefore is surplus to what is true African identity. The panel calls for diversity in story genre, form, style, and content representing queer African characters or living as a queer African to celebrate a surplus queer African identity through themes of resilience and hope.