Binyavanga Wainaina: Literary Legacies and Creative Futures

Binyavanga Wainaina: Literary Legacies and Creative Futures

This stream pays tribute to and critically examines the work of writer and literary producer Binyavanga Wainaina. We are particularly interested in scholarly engagements with Wainaina’s memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place, as well as with the significant body of short non-fiction and fiction he produced and that has been collected at https://planetbinya.org/.

In addition, we are interested in papers that document and examine Wainaina’s work as a global public intellectual, a Nairobi-based literary producer, a digital pan-African and an LGBTQ+ activist, and intersections between his writing and these multiple identities.

Possible topics for papers include but are not limited to Wainaina’s relationship with literary initiatives from Kwani? to the Farafina Creative Writing Workshop to the Caine Prize for African Writing; Wainaina’s experiments with literary form and image; Wainaina’s writing of childhood, food and place; Wainaina’s work in translation and his relationship to global literary networks; Wainaina’s engagement with artists and musicians from Ukoo Flani Mau Mau to Wangechi Mutu; Wainaina’s work in relation to health, sexuality and to digital technologies. Ultimately, we are interested in sparking wide-ranging and nuanced conversations around Binyavanga Wainaina’s literary engagement that contribute to building and understanding his legacies and creative futures for African literary production.
 
Organisers: Billy Kahora (billy.kahora@bristol.ac.uk) and Kate Wallis
(K.Wallis@exeter.ac.uk )