Kerry Bystrom at the 41st Annual Conference of the African Literature Association (Bayreuth)

Faculty member Dr. Kerry Bystrom participated in the 41st Annual Conference of the African Literature Association, which took place at Bayreuth University, on June 3-6, 2015. 

The conference brought together scholars from all around the globe to discuss the latest developments in studies on African and African-diasporic literature and media, framed by the overarching topic "African Futures and Beyond. Visions in Transition." Against the backdrop of global entanglements and interactions, political changes, and economic growth, literature and other cultural means of expression offer the space to conceptualise the future, and thus allow mankind to imagine the world differently, to intervene in memories and mold the present. The conference participants reflected on how AfroFiction in particular conceptualises futures via narration in order to conjure the future in terms of new epistemologies.  

In the frame of the conference Dr. Bystrom presented the paper "Humanitarianism and Satire: Reading Teju Cole's What It Is," and participated in the roundtable "Current Trends and Future Perspectives on Anglophone South African Literature."

Read more about the conference here