Celebrating Chinua Achebe's Legacy
Arrow of God at 50
24 & 25 October 2014
Institute of English Studies, University of London, Senate House
An international conference to commemorate Chinua Achebe’s work and influence, and to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Arrow of God, which many consider Achebe’s greatest novel.
Featured speakers include Akachi Ezeigbo, Harry Garuba,Simon Gikandi, T. Vijay Kumar, Okey Ndibe, Femi Osofisan (presenting a dramatisation of Arrow of God).
Panels discussing Arrow of God reconsidered; Achebe’s influence; translating Achebe; Achebe and postcolonial studies; global reception of Arrow of God; Arrow of God, trauma and ecology; African writing post-Achebe.
Conference Organizing Committee: Alastair Niven (Chair); Dr Kai Easton (SOAS), Ms Suzie Huggins (Stirling); Professor Lyn Innes (Kent); Dr Madhu Krishnan (Bristol); Dr Mark Mathuray (Royal Holloway); Professor Stephen Morton (Southampton); Dr Mpalive Msiska (Birkbeck); Dr Zoe Norridge (Kings College London); Dr Ranka Primorac (Southampton); Dr Wim Van Mierlo (Institute of English Studies).
Image designed by Obiora Udechukwu for the 2008 conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of "Things Fall Apart". Reproduced with kind permission.
Chinua Achebe was winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2007. This conference is supported by the Booker Prize Foundation, the Universities of Bristol and Southampton, the Royal Africa Society, the School of Oriental and African Studies, King's College London, Wasafiri and Pearson Education Africa.
Rates include refreshments, drinks reception and lunch on 25th Oct.
FULL CONFERENCE RATES:
£50 Speakers/IES Friends & Members/Students/Unwaged
£30 Speakers/IES Friends & Members/Students/Unwaged
EVENING EVENT 24 OCTOBER:
£5 just for those not attending the conference; otherwise it is part of the conference programme
Pre-conference public event: The 2nd annual F. T. Prince Memorial Lecture: Professor Simon Gikandi (Robert Schirmer Professor of English at Princeton University): 'Arrow of God: The Novel and the Problem of Modernity'.
23 October 2014 - 6:00pm: Avenue Campus, University of Southampton. Chaired by Professor Don Nutbeam (Vice-Chancellor). This is the second of an annual series of lectures given in honour of the poet and scholar F.T. Prince, one of Southampton's first English professors. Invited speakers explore new directions in literary studies, drawing on the English department's wide range of intellectual interests. All welcome. Click here for details.
Friday 24 October
Writing Competition Presentations
Introduction by Lyn Innes, followed by a panel discussion on the reception and teaching of Arrow of God. Panellists to include Nisha Obano and Florian Stadtler.
|11:45-13:00||Lunch (own arrangements)|
Opening of Conference: Alastair Niven
Keynote Address 1: Harry Garuba, 'Postcolonial Modernity and Normalization: Reading Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God in the Present Tense'
|1.a: Stephen Morton, ‘Reading Orature in Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God’
Rashna Singh, ‘”When Lizards Visit:” Arrow of God and the “worldling” of Achebe’s Oeuvre’
Nair Anaya, ‘Ironic Epitaphs and Reception of Arrow of God in Third World Countries’
|1.b: Daria Tunca, ‘Writing Forth or Talking Back? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as Chinua Achebe’s Unruly Daughter’
Oluwole Coker, ‘Must Things Fall Apart? Achebe, Intertextuality, and Third-generation African Fiction’
Joseph McLaren, ‘Chinua Achebe’s Legacy: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the Diasporic African Novel’
|2.a: Neil Ten Kortenaar, ‘Arrow of God, the social contract, and the problem of succession’
Ide Corley, ‘”The Man Who Carries a Deity is not a King”: Authority, Universalism and Difference in Arrow of God and Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus’
Chris Onyema, ‘Eco-Trauma: Dis-location, Dis-eases and Environmental Discourse in Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God’
|2.b: Chikwendu PK Anyanwu, ‘The Implications of Colonial Interference and Achebe’s Intervention in the Politics of Umunna’
Jago Morrison, ‘Gender and Resistance in Arrow of God: a Reassessment’
Uzoma Esonwanne, ‘Rereading: Arrow of God’
Drinks Reception. Music by Kadialy Kouyate
Kadialy Kouyate is a musician and Kora player from Senegal who performs both traditional and original songs inspired by the West African Griot repertoire. Born into the great line of Kouyate Griot in Southern Senegal, Kadialy’s mesmerising kora playing and singing style have been appreciated in many prestigious venues. As both a soloist and in different ensembles he has played, for example: the Royal Festival Hall, the O2 Arena, Glastonbury and WOMAD amongst others.
|18:15-18:45||Ayebia Clarke and James Currey, "Worldwide tributes to Chinua Achebe".|
|18:45-19:45||Femi Osofisan, 'Dramatizing Achebe: Arrow of God as a work in progress'|
Saturday 25 October
|09:30||Registration with tea/coffee|
|10:00-11:00||Keynote Address 3: T. Vijay Kumar, '"A man who asks questions does not lose his way": Chinua Achebe's legacy for Postcolonial Studies'|
|3.a: Mpalive-Hangson Msiska, ‘Colonialism, Trauma and Affect: Reading Arrow of God through There Was a Country’
Aretha Phiri, ‘(Re)Negotiating Trauma in Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God and Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Headstrong Historian”.’
Louisa Uchum Egbunike, ‘Collective memory and the Politics of Re-membering in Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God’
|3.b: Marta Sofia Lopez Rodriguez and Maya G. Vinuesa, ‘ Translating Arrow of God into Spanish’
Amaralis Anchieta, ‘Tongue-tied: translating short stories from the war’
Joanna Passos, ‘’Chinua Achebe and his Generation: Writing Historical Transitions, recovering marginalized legacies’
|4.a: Chikukuango Cuxima-Zwa, ‘Chinua Achebe and Fela Kuti as Political Activism, Music and Ritual Practice’
Terri Ochiagha, ‘Unconscious Coupling?: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, and the Colonial Theme in Onitsha Market Writing’
Ranka Primorac, ‘God’s Arrows’ (Achebe and Mulaisho)
|4.b: Malika Rebai Maamri, ‘Voices of Resistance: Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God (1964) and Yasmina Khadra’s In the Name of God (2000)’
John Kwame Tawiah-Boateng, ‘Exorcizing Okonkwo’s Truculence: Validating Arrow of God’s Canonicity as Chinua Achebe’s Opus Magnum’
Obi Nwakanma, ‘The Rupture in Sacred Time: Ezeulu’s Discontent and the End of History in Arrow of God.’
|15:00-16:00||Keynote Address 4: Okey Ndibe, reads from and discusses his work.|
Speakers to include Akachi Ezeigbo, Simon Gikandi, Billy Kahora, Tricia Wombell, Lyn Innes
|17:30-17:45||Akachi Ezeigbo: Performance of Celebratory Dirge for Chinua Achebe|
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