THE THIRD EASTERN AFRICAN LITERARY AND CULTURAL STUDIES CONFERENCE
Theme: CATOGRAPHIES OF WAR AND PEACE IN EASTERN AFRICA
UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM-2017
The conference brought together artists, media practitioners, literary and cultural studies scholars. The conference reflected on literary, media and cultural engagements with peace and conflict in the region. Eastern Africa-pre-colonial, colonial and post-independence-has been a region marked by shifting configurations of peace and conflict, resulting from different policy and political frictions in the region. Beyond periods of warfare and violent conflict, even peaceful nations in the region have had to bear the brunt of the structural violence of poverty, economic and political marginalization unleashed by problematic macro-economic and political policies.
Among the topics discussed in the conference are politics of identity, violence, migration and exile, language and culture and genres and trends in narratives of conflict. Other themes discussed are eco-critical readings of source competitions, sexuality, popular arts, new media narrative engagements and autobiographical reflections on conflict. Others in the list are African language literatures on peace and conflict, refugees, dislocation and displacement, human rights and justice and representations of peace and militarism.