Click the star to add/remove an item to/from your individual schedule.
You need to be logged in to avail of this functionality.


Bringing together anglophone postcolonial ecocriticism and francophone écopoétique in West Africa [CRG African Literatures] 
Camille Lavoix (Würzburg University)
Alioune Diaw (Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar Sénégal)
Send message to Convenors
Margaux Vidotto (Sorbonne Nouvelle and CNRS)
Language and Literature (x) Climate Change (y)
Philosophikum, S76
Thursday 1 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

This panel seeks papers which bring together or engage with postcolonial ecocriticism and écopoétique in West African francophone and anglophone literary texts. How do ecocriticism(s) flow together to allow us to understand, embrace, and imagine tomorrow's ecological transformation?

Long Abstract:

Whereas the Meadow reports and the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change primarily summarize a "future of probabilities" formulated through numbers and projected through charts; scholars in postcolonial ecocriticism and écopoétique study literary texts to reveal how a "future of possibilities" takes shape through narratives. As the latter, our panel seeks papers engaging francophone and anglophone literature as well as the environment in West Africa. This panel begins from the premise that ecocritical Francophone and Anglophone texts are traditionally studied in different departments. In an effort to make West Africa ecocriticism(s) resonate further, we invite papers which look at how writers connect themselves to their environment and respond to ecological problems through their work. This panel takes up the call of Sule E. Egya (2020) of decentering ecocriticism(s), since "environmental issues are as diverse and culturally specific as literatures of different societies". It also pays particular attention to slow violence (Rob Nixon), to the "habitat" crisis as conceptualized by Lussault (2007), focusing on cultures and (literary) ecosystems as well as the incapacity to perceive as described by Morizot (2020). The general research question guiding our panel is: How do contemporary literary texts and artworks rooted in West Africa represent tomorrow's ecological transformations and how do these representations relate to and resonate with the ecological transformations affecting the region ? We encourage transdisciplinary contributions and welcome papers from animal studies, food studies, and many more as long as they relate to environmental humanities.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 1 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 1 June, 2023, -