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Buchveröffentlichung von Susan Arndt und Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard (eds.)

Afro-fictional Interventions Book

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AfroFiction is a Black space where fictional word-art meets photography, painting, installation, music and film. This book explores AfroFictional inventions and interventions that revisit the past and envison the future. In doung so, it revists a young festival of Bayreuth University and ist Graduate School BIGSAS, documenting the manifold collaborations between BIGSAS and the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies.

This book comprises some of the most vibrant voices of writers, musicians and artists from the African continent, its diasporas and beyond.

Table of Content


Sabine »SäB« Vadeleux: Un jour on m‘a demand. de parler de mon Afrique.../I was asked one day to talk about my Africa … (poem)

Chirikure Chirikure: Europe, vakomana!/Oooh, Europe (poem)

Okinba Launko: Go to Lagos, They Said (poem)

Nadja Ofuatey Alazard: Illustrated Festival Report 2011 (in German)

Philipp Khabo Köpsell: Swing (poem)

Susan Arndt: Introduction. African Conceptualizations of Europe

Rinaldo Walcott: Spoken Word and Afrodiasporic Performances of Race Memory

Mariam Popal: Postcolonial (Theory in/and) Europe? – Flows and Flinders

Okinba Launko: Silk (poem)

Anna Weicker: Postcolonial (Theory in/and) Africa? – Routes and Rhizomes

Okinba Launko: Believe (poem) Patrice Nganang: A Writer and the Alphabet

Sabrina Brancato: Where Europe Fears to Tread: Identity, Politics and Conviviality in the Literatures of the African Diasporas Philipp Khabo Köpsell: A Rumble in the Petri Dish (poem)

Panel Discussion: African Diasporas and/in Europe (Cristina Ali Farah, Biyi Bandele, Sabrina Brancato, Philippa Ebéné, Jean-Luc Raharimanana and Rinaldo Walcott), Chirikure Chirikure: Sliding game – Mutserendende/ Rutschendes Spiel (poem)

Philipp Khabo Köpsell: The Invisible Archive. A Historical Overview of Black Literature Production in Germany

Sabine »SäB« Vadeleux: La Couleur de mes maux (La griotte)/The Color of my Pains (La griotte) (poem)


Blaq Pearl: Need to Know (poem)

Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard: Illustrated Festival Report 2012 (in German)

Deeb: Masrah Deeb/Deeb’s Stage (poem)

Susan Arndt: Introduction Remembering Flash Forward. African Literatures as Poetics in Motion

Deeb: Migrating Birds (poem)

Ottmar Ette: The Prospective Power of Literature

Peggy Piesche: Remembering Flash Forward. The Politics of Memory

Olumide Popola: Lineage (poem)

Gabeba Baderoon: The Politics of Remembering in Writings of the Future

BlaqPearl: Woman to Woman (poem)

Deeb: My Country (poem)

Greg Tate: Kalahari Hopscotch

Panel Discussion: Afrofuturism (with John Akomfrah and Greg Tate)

kara lynch: In 2099 the Transatlantic Slave Trade never happened

Dirk Wiemann: On (Not) Missing Links: Reading Conan Doyle with Mahasweta Devi

Lydie Moudileno: Hybridity, Popular Culture and the Francophone Canon

Olumide Popola: Am Ende/at the end (poem)


T. Martinus: Passports (poem)

HU Berlin Students & Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard: Illustrated Festival Report 2013

Gloria Wekker: Dorothea Augusta (poem)

Susan Arndt: Introduction Intertextuality. Dialogues in Motion

Biodun Jeyifo: Greeting

Anne Adams: I haven‘t Seen You in 400 Years.. African Diaspora Intertextuality

Gloria Wekker: Transatlantic (poem)

T. Martinus: In the Heat of the Night (poem)

Awam Amkpa: Africa. Colonial Photography and Outlaws of History

Gina Dorcely: Asseverations (poem)

Panel Discussion Shakespeare’s Legacy and Future Reception (with Akala, Awam Amkpa and Gina Dorcely)

Gina Dorcely: Today (poem)

Lyonel Trouillot: Intertextuality: Beyond the Myth of the Demiurge and the Catchall

Edd Abbas: Inner Peace (poem)

Manthia Diawara: The 1956 Congress. Beyond N.gritude and Cultural Nationalism

Edd Abbas: Biwa‘ta (On Time) (poem)

Panel Discussion Transgressing Boundaries: The Future of Texts and Genres (with Manthia Diawara, Amy Evans, Bernardine Evaristo and LaRonda Davis)

Noah Sow: Rest Rooms. Electronic Griotage BIGSAS 2013 by Noah Sow .