STREAM: The Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies

STREAM: The Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies

The Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies stream invites abstracts from scholars from the region and beyond whose research focus is on the literatures and cultures from the wider Eastern African region of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Sudan, and the Horn of Africa.  The EALCS stream particularly encourage submissions that disturb and transcend ‘traditional’ approaches to scholarship on literature and culture and signal new ways of seeing and knowing the region. Thus, abstracts that deal with music, theatre, written literature, oral literature, media,  or any other cultural artifacts and processes from the region are anticipated. We would welcome panels that are innovative in terms of their format, including roundtables or other formats that diverge from the regular panel format.

Organisers: Lynda Spencer, David Kerr, Dina Ligaga and Carli Coetzee contact

Confirmed panels

Urban Scripts and Everyday Life in East Africa

  • Queer Nairobi, Everyday Queers, Ombagi, Eddie, (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Braamfontein, South Africa)
  • Reading Urban Scripts on Dar es Salaam’s Daladalas, Wakota, John, (University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
  • Image and branding in Uganda’s hip hop scene: the place of excess in negotiations between social plenty and economic paucity , Singh, Simran (Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, United Kingdom)
  • ‘Maisha yetu kila siku kama vile movie’: Fantasy, Desire and Urban Space in Tanzanian Music Videos, Kerr, David, (University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)

Youth, Identity and Language

  • Aliases and Identity Construction among Tanzanian Soccer Players, Omari, Shani,(Institute of Kiswahili Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
  • “Lila na Fila” – Good and Bad Life from the perspective of a Swahili Female Poet, Kolbusa, Stefanie,(The Aga Khan University (International) in the United Kingdom, London, United Kingdom)
  • Morphosyntactic retention and change: insights from African urban youth languages, Gibson, Hannah, (University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom)


  • Tanzanian Kiswahili Fiction and the Problem of the Human, Fyfe, Alexander, (The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, United States)
  • Swahili Historiography: a literary genre?, Coppola, Anna Rita, (independent researcher, Caserta, Italy)
  • Performing Bigmanity: Masculinities in Meja Mwangi’s Rafiki Man Guitar, Nyangulu, Deborah, (University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany)
  • Pan-Africanism and Pan-Islamism in East Africa: 20th Century History Meets 21st Century Rememberance, Botfield, Charlotte, Catherine, (Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom)
  • Re-reading Okot p’Bitek’s Song of Prisoner in the 21st Century, Wanjala, Alex, (University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya)

Poetry, Song and New Literary Expressions in East Africa

  • ‘I go for the Vibe’: Experiencing Performance Poetry in Dar es Salaam., Adjirakor, Nikitta, Dede, (Bayreuth University, Bayreuth, Germany)
  • Ugandan Youth and Creative Writing: Celebrating Writivism at 5, Krishnan, Madhu, (University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom)
  • THE AVANT-GARDE: A CASE OF UGANDA’S URBAN POETRY PERFOMANCES, Katumusiime, Jacob,(Makerere Institute of Social Research, Kampala, Uganda)
  • Songs in the night: of women’s writing and gendered ordeals in south-eastern Africa, Primorac, Ranka, (University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom)

Humour, Online Space and the Carnivalesque

  • ‘Don’t mess with Kansiime’:   The cultural economy of transgressive female humour., Spencer, Lynda, Gichanda, (Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa)
  • Popular culture, new femininities and subjectivities: reading Nairobi Diaries, Ligaga, Dina (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • ‘Po(o)pular’ culture: exploring excrementality in Kenyan social media spaces, Mose, Caroline, (Technical University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Comic calibrations of violence in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, Musila, Grace, (Stellenbosch University, Matieland, South Africa)


For panel and paper submissions please follow the instructions on the website 

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