YASN Culture and Politics in Africa Workshop at the University of York

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Friday, 12 June 2015

Humanities Research Centre

Berrick Saul Building, Room 008

Heslington West Campus

This one-day workshop will explore the interaction between cultural creativity and politics in Africa. Through discussions of novels, poetry and other cultural expressions, it will explore the relationship between the state, political movements and people engaged in cultural projects.

The workshop features York-based Malawian author Jack Mapanje will read extracts from his prison memoir And Crocodiles Are Hungry at Night, along with new poems.

Jack Mapanje

Mapanje is an  award-winning poet, linguist, editor, and human rights activist who was arrested by the Malawi authorities in 1987 and released in 1991, following an international campaign. He has since published four poetry books and three anthologies and edited the acclaimed Gathering Seaweed: African Prison Writing.

Contributions from writers, academics, students and cultural activists are welcome. Please send proposals to Professor Allison Drew, Department of Politics, University of York, allison.drew@york.ac.uk by May 15.

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