2:00 PM INTRODUCTION
KEYNOTE: DECOLONISING THE MIND
NGŨGĨ WA THIONG'O (KENYA/USA)
MODERATED BY PROF. DR. MANDFRED LOIMEIER
SOME AFTERTHOUGHTS … PROF. DR. FRANK SCHULZE-ENGLER WITH FLORIAN KNIFFKA
The symposium will begin with the renowned and highly esteemed writer, playwright, essayist and teacher Prof. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. In his keynote lecture »End Literary Identity Theft: The Future of African Literatures in the World« he shares his appeal to emancipate African languages within literature — an approach to decolonise the mind. Florian Kniffka and Frank Schulze-Engler will in turn discuss the expectations African literatures face in German-speaking countries. Some Afterthoughts…
PANEL DISCUSSION: ON LANGUAGES OF IMAGINATION AND OTHER TRANSITIONAL SPACES
JOSÉ EDUARDO AGUALUSA (ANGOLA/PORTUGAL)
HEMLEY BOUM (CAMEROON/FRANCE)
COLLEEN HIGGS (SOUTH AFRICA)NII PARKES GHANA/GB
MODERATED BY ANNA JÄGER
SOME AFTERTHOUGHTS … JUERGEN BOOS WITH DANIELA LEYKAM
Writers and cultural practitioners from four trans-lingual countries on their challenges and experiments with African and colonial languages: what does it mean to write and publish in multiple languages and why is that important? Followed by Juergen Boos on the role of the cultural landscape in Frankfurt, Germany, in the dissemination and perception of global literatures. Some Afterthoughts… with Daniela Leykam.
PANEL DISCUSSION: THINGS OF SONG — TELLING ARCHIVES
MAAZA MENGISTE (ETHIOPIA/USA)
YVONNE ADHIAMBO OWUOR (KENYA)
PETINA GAPPAH (ZIMBABWE/GB)
MODERATED BY ANNA JÄGER
SOME AFTERTHOUGHTS … ZOË BECK & JAN KARSTEN WITH ANITA DJAFARI
There is no future without knowledge of the past: three writers engage in a discussion on how to develop a new narrative. A conversation on the kind of archives that go »beyond shelves«.
Zoë Beck and Jan Karsten discuss their experiences translating and publishing global voices in Germany and Europe. Some Afterthoughts… with Anita Djafari.
5:30 PM POETRY READING: KOLEKA PUTUMA SOUTH AFRICA
VIRTUAL GET-TOGETHER AND DISCUSSION
A symposium with writers and cultural practitioners. The talk series »Some Afterthoughts …« reflects the perception of global literatures in Germany and Europe. This event was recorded at Villa 102 in Frankfurt, a platform for cultural encounters by KfW and its foundation. The discussions will be in English with German subtitles and vice-versa in the talk series »Some Afterthoughts …«. For the virtual get-together, English will serve as a tool for global communication.