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Fri, 18 Oct 1996 10:13:35 -0400

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Originally dated: Fri, 18 Oct 1996 10:13:35 -0400

From: owner-h-afrlitcine
To: Multiple recipients of list H-AFRLITCINE
Subject: ALA Conference Announcement update
Date: Thursday, 17 October, 1996 3:11PM

From: Kenneth Harrow <>

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

Twenty-Third Annual Conference of the African Literature
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, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Flora M'mbugu-Schelling, Bassek
Ba Kobhio, Ngozi Onwurah, Francois Woukouache, Manthia Diawara,
Trin T. Minh-ha, Charles Burnett, Salim Mekuria, John Akomfrah, 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

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.

Accomodations: 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 the MSU campus.
Additional accomdation at nearby hotels include:
the Marriot (rates $79 for double or single; deadline March 15,
1997). Mention 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
Butterfield Dormitory: Dorm style room with refrig, tv, etc., dorm
meal plans available, floor bathrooms. Singles $25; doubles $35.
Reserve with check with conference convenor by March 15th (see
Harrow above for address).

Travel: Okemos Travel is the official conference travel agency.
Okemos Travel has designated Northwest Airlines as the official
airlines for the conference with a conference discount ranging from
$30-$200 (depending on dates of travel and points of origin). To
obtain this discount contact Okemos Travel at 1-800-798-7040; or by
e-mail:, and mention the ALA.

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. Each lunch
will be $15.

(n.b. To present a paper, you must be a member of the ALA. For
membership, contact Louis Tremaine, ALA Treasurer, Dept of English,
University of Richmond, Richmond, VA 23173)

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