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Which future for African Literatures in Portuguese? African and Afrodescendant literatures at a theoretical and methodological crossroad 
Marco Bucaioni (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa)
Rosa Fina (CLEPUL, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa)
Ana Paula Tavares (Faculdade de Letras Unviversidade de Lisboa)
Francesco Genovesi (University of Dar es Salaam )
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Dênis Augusto da Silva (University of Lisbon)
Marco Bucaioni (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa)
Marisa Mourinha (University of Lisbon)
Language and Literature (x) Decoloniality & Knowledge Production (y)
Philosophikum, S94
Friday 2 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

This panel aims to discuss future implications of literary production shifts in Lusophone Africa and Portugal, which may redefine critical perspectives and modify the field. Our goal is to reflect on a discipline which does not only have an academic impact, but influences Africa's world-vision.

Long Abstract:

African Literatures in Portuguese have existed as an epistemological unit and academic discipline since the 1960s, when critics and theoreticians began to circumscribe their autonomous literary spaces.

Around 1990, in a context of acceleration of world book production and translation flow, a younger generation of authors enlarged the corpus of these literatures with new poetics and themes and arrived at relatively high world-consecration levels. In these two phases the Portuguese publishing system played a very important role in the selection and promotion of those literatures, in a post-imperial situation in which the centre holds and distributes the symbolic capital for literary periphery.

Around 2015, a further shift occurred among the Portuguese publishers, which had stopped some year earlier to invest in new African names: a new generation of black Portuguese authors took the scene, occupying part of the domestic space of African-themed literature. The shift from African literatures to black-Portuguese literature can prove disciplinary and theoretically challenging.

This panel aims to discuss present and future implications of these shifts, which may redefine the critical perspective and modify the field: while the focus was previously on the fight for independence and on postcolonial exoticism, in recent years identity politics seem to be privileged, drifting away from the African continent and focussing on European blackness. The panel's final goal is to reflect on the future of a discipline which does not only have an academic impact, but profoundly influences the world-vision of the African continent.

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Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -