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About: African Literature Association 1997 Conference

Tue, 1 Oct 1996 16:42:28 -0400

Originally from: <owner-african-cinema-conference@XC.Org>
Originally dated: Tue, 1 Oct 1996 16:42:28 -0400

Here's an interesting conference coming next year that Melissa Jeffries sent

me the info on.... I think I'll be going...
cheers, Steve Smith
From: "Kenneth W Harrow" <>

African Literature Association 1997 Conference
"FESPACO Nights in Michigan : African Film and Literature"

Twenty-Third Annual Conference of the African Literature Association
Hosted by Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
April 16-19, 1997
(Convenor: Kenneth W.Harrow, Dept of English, Morrill Hall,
Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI 48824-1036. tel. 517-
353-7243; fax 517-353-3755; e-mail

The 1997 ALA conference will be held at the Kellogg Center at
Michigan State University. It will focus on recent developments
in African film, although papers on literature will be welcomed
as usual. Plenary sessions will feature African and African American
filmmakers, writers and critics, including Assia Djebar, Gaston Kabore,
Dangaremgba, Flora M'mbugu-Schelling, Bassek Ba Kobhio, Ngozi Onwurah,
Francois Woukouache, Manthia Diawara, Trin T. Minh-ha, and others. Workshop
topics include anthropology and film, the teaching of African film, history
and film, and, of course, literature and film. Our special nights we call
FESPACO and CARTHAGE nights in honor of the African film festivals held
biannually. This is our modest attempt to provide the ALA with a film Michigan.

Panels and paper proposals on all topics ranging from film to
literature, both of Africa and the Diaspora, are welcome. Send
all paper and panel abstracts to Kenneth W.Harrow, Dept of
English, Morrill Hall, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI
48824-1036. tel. 517-353-7243; fax 517-353-3755; e-mail Please note that you have to be a member
of the ALA to present a paper at the conference. The deadline for
submission of proposals is November 15, 1996.

Registration: Registration forms will be sent to members. Please note that
registration forms and all fees should be made payable to Michigan State
University, and sent to Sandy Bailey, 200 Linton Hall, College of Arts &
Letters, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI 48824-1044. The deadline
for pre-registration is March 26, 1997.

Accommodations: The conference will take place at the Kellogg Center where
rooms are also available at $69 & tax for single or double rooms. This rate
will be applicable to all participants who make reservations by March 15,
1997. For reservations please mention the ALA and contact the hotel at 517
432-4000. The Kellogg Center is located on Harrison Road in E. Lansing, on
MSU campus.
Additional accommodation at nearby hotels include:
the Marriot (rates $79 for double or single; deadline March 15, 1997).
the ALA and call 1-800-646-4678.
the Park Inn International (rates $44 for singles [with queen size bed];
deadline March 15, 1997). Mention the ALA and call 517 351-5500.

Travel: Okemos Travel is the official conference travel agency. Okemos
has designated Northwest Airlines as the official airlines for the
with a conference discount ranging from 5-40% (depending on dates of
Contact Okemos travel at 1-800-798-7040; or by e-mail:

Banquet and Special Luncheons: A banquet dinner followed by a dance is
scheduled for Saturday, April 19th, and the banquet speaker will be Gaston
Kabore. The banquet fee is $25. In addition the women's caucus luncheon will
feature Tsitsi Dangarembga, and a second luncheon is tentatively scheduled
for Charles Burnett.

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