Animating Theories of the Material: Approaching Animist Being in Postcolonial Literatures

A special issue of the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry that I co-edited with Rosemary Jolly on animisms and theories of the material has recently been published. In addition to our introduction and my own essay on Ben Okri, the issue contains superb articles by Louise Green, Warren Cariou, Alison Ravenscroft, and Alfred J. López. You can find it here.

Conferences — Fall 2018/Winter 2019

You will be able to catch me at the following conferences over the next few months:

11-13 Sept 2018: ASAUK (African Studies Association of the UK), Birmingham UK, with a paper on the Tanzanian Kiswahili novel and idea of the human

17-20 Oct 2018: ASAP (Association for the Arts of the Present), New Orleans, on a roundtable about structural violence “after Galtung”

3-6 Jan 2019: MLA, Chicago, with a paper about the impact of the blogger Ikhide R. Ikheloa on the field of African literary studies

CFP: “Marxism and African Literatures” (Journal Special Issue)

I am delighted to be guest-editing a special issue of the journal African Identities titled “Marxism and African Literatures: New Interventions.” Building upon a successful seminar that I organized at the ACLA in March 2018, the aim is to provide something of a “follow-up” to George M. Gugelberger’s famous 1986 volume of essays, Marxism and African Literature. I am accepting abstracts of 300 words until November 1 2018, with essays of 8000 words (max.) due by February 1 2019. You can find the full CFP on the journal’s website here. Please get in touch with me via email if you have any questions about the special issue.