Call for Panelists
“Imagined Settlements and Nationalisms in the Narratives of Daniel Fagunwa,”
The 4th Annual Lagos Studies Association Conference, Lagos, Nigeria, June 27 – 29, 2019
Taking off from the broad historical and anthropological tapestry of C.L.R. James’ The Black Jacobins (Vintage, 1989) and Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities (Verso, 2006), this panel seeks to interrogate the nature and possibilities of patriotism, nationalism and identity formations as ideas and as concepts which are gradually nearing the end of their ‘histories’ as fixed values within the constructed spaces of nation states and nationalities as normative entities. Given that identities are continually reconstructed or ‘negotiated’ at each and every turn, especially as we are witnessing in postcolonial states, it is clear that the gains of globalization will exceed the frontiers of economic considerations alone. Literature, as a discipline, and by its own rules, has often granted poetic license to the imagination in flights of fancy even as it interprets and reconstructs reality. Sociological and philosophical analyses of artworks are also challenged to rise up to the fictional and futuristic reaches of literature in its different genres to imagine what our communities of the 21st century would be like in another century. Another task of this panel will be to interrogate, seek understanding on what the parameters of ethnicity, language and perhaps racial affiliations will portend when literatures have to be translated and expressed in major cosmopolitan linguistic currencies, irrespective of their origins or localities. This will perhaps take us back and forward to what Greek classics have become in the context of liberal education in the modern world.
If you are interested in joining this panel, kindly send a 250 word abstract and a short bio to:
Dele Layiwola (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tunde Babawale (email@example.com). Deadline for submission: January 30, 2019. Please visit LSA website for detailed information about the conference: https://lagosstudies.wcu.edu/
Professor Dele Layiwola, Former Director, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Professor Tunde Babawale, Former Head, Department of Political Science, University of Lagos, Nigeria.