The 44th Annual Meeting of the African Literature Association

May 23-26, 2018: Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

In calling attention to the Environments of African Literature, the 2018 conference invites participants to address the multiple environments – physical, institutional, ideological, symbolic, discursive, cultural, and technological (among others) – that affect the production, dissemination and reception of African literature. We also invite papers which address the ways in which African literary texts reflect on such environments and the challenges and promises they present. In keeping with the long tradition at the ALA, our understanding of the literary is capacious and papers on music, dance, performance, theater, film, art and other media are equally welcome. Possible topics include:

The Economies and Technologies of Literary Production

The Academic Environments of African Canon Formation

Publishing Environments and the Production of Taste

African Literature and Digital Environments

Representing Ecologies in African Literature

The Debate on Conservation

Global and Local Environments

The Country and the City in African Literature

Urban Environments

The environment as crisis/environmental crises

African Literature and Eco-Criticism

Debating “Nature” and the “Natural”

Africa and the Anthropocene

Infrastructure and Resource Extraction

Literature, Fossil Fuels and Energy


Gendered and Queered Environments and Futures

Animal studies, animist beings and animism

Non-Human Agency and the Environment

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