International African Writers Day

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Hello cherished readers, you are warmly invited to this year’s international conference on African literature. On the occasion of the celebration of the 21st International Writers Day, the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) presents an international conference on the theme,

‘CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND WORKS OF CHINUA ACHEBE; THE COMING OF AGE OF AFRICAN LITERATURE?

Details are as follows:
Date: November 5-8, 2013
Venue: La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra, Ghana.

Participants

  • Writers from all over the world
  • Nobel Prize winners in literature
  • Other highly prized African writers
  • Large numbers of younger writers, language artists and people interested in literary arts and culture.
  • Writers from the Diaspora
  • Specially invited guests( Heads Of African States)

Themes and Sub Themes

  • African Literature before Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
  • African Literature after Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. The Decades After.
  • Confronting racism and hegemony in world literature: extending Achebe’s critique of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
  • The Poetry of Chinua Achebe
  • Achebe’s Essays: The Common Threads
  • Gender in Achebe’s Fiction
  • Achebe’s There Was A Country: The Insights and Risks of Identity Politics for a Literary Icon.
  • Beyond and Within the Writer’s Imagination: Politics and Political Commitment of the African Writer
  • Achebe and the elusive Nobel Prize for Literature: Fathoming the Nobel in the works of African Nobel Laureates in Literature.
  • Chinua Achebe and the Short Story
  • Orature as origin in the works of Chinua Achebe
  • Tradition in the works of Chinua Achebe
  • New directions in African Literature
  • African Literature and Pan Africanism
  • Governance and Responsibility in African Literature
  • The African Writer and the struggle for African renaissance

Benefits of the Conference

The conference will lead to the following benefits or outcomes among others.

  • Establish the legacy of Chinua Achebe as a Nigerian, African and world writer
  • Inspire current and future generations of African writers to build upon or take Achebe’s legacy as a point of Departure
  • Provide insights into the writer’s world of inner and external motivation and thus contribute to understanding the psychology of creativity
  • Showcase the achievements and contributions of African literature to the world
  • Demonstrate the themes, forms and styles of narrative in Africa literature and how theses affect and are affected by the African experience as made and in the process of being made
  • Highlight and evaluate new concerns in African literature both to the African audience and to the world.

Further Information

Further information on the conference can be obtained:

  • At the PAWA Secretariat
  • From PAWA’s website: panafaricanwritersassociation.org.gh
  • By sending an email to: pawahouse@gmail.com
  • By sending a fax to: (233-302) 773040 / 760038
  • Making a call to: (233-302) 7736062 / 762355

This will be the most historic literacy event in Africa for a very long time!

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