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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät | Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften | Regionale Fachbereiche | Seminar für Afrikawissenschaften | Veranstaltungen | Termine | 25.11. Digitales Afrikakolloquium: The tropicality of being: inter-textual readings of African and Latin American literatures (Shang)

25.11. Digitales Afrikakolloquium: The tropicality of being: inter-textual readings of African and Latin American literatures (Shang)

"The tropicality of being: inter-textual readings of African and Latin American literatures" - Vortrag von Dr. Gilbert Ndi Shang (University of Bayreuth) im Rahmen des Afrikakolloquiums
Wann 25.11.2020 von 16:00 bis 17:30 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100) iCal
Wo via Zoom
Kontaktname Prof. Dr. Tom Güldemann

The tropicality of being: inter-textual readings of African and Latin American literatures

This presentation is inspired by my research on Transatlantic connections between Latin American and African literatures within the broad paradigm of the concept of the coloniality of power/being with specific focus on the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia), Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru), Sony Labou Tansi (Congo) and Jean In Koli Bofane (Congo). It examines the textual inscriptions of the political economy of tropical societies of Latin America and Africa, underlining the ambiguous coexistence of vitality/precarity and scarcity/excess as the historical heritage of coloniality of power. The presentation draws on the varied imageries of tropicality from across the novels of these authors to examine the intertextual ways in which they construct literary motifs and subvert political discourses in (con)texts where the putative exaltation of life is ironically contiguous with the banalization of death. The tropical setting is not only configured as a background feature, but rather as an aspect of spatial agency that participates in the construction of the ideological bases of the texts. Tropicality is not static, it is given meaning depending on the context of usage, leading to its complex and multiple metaphorical significations within a single text. Tropical aesthetics therefore constitutes an ambiguous trope that embodies (neo)colonial exploitation as well as draws on tropical sap, converting it into a creative locomotive that affirms the imperative of life over death in societies whose histories are littered with dead bodies that have not yet been adequately inventoried. In the latter sense, tropicality can be considered as creative hope that enables historical subjects to survive through the solitude to which they have been pre-disposed by colonial history and postcolonial necro-politics.

 

Ort: https://hu-berlin.zoom.us/j/61289326057?pwd=LzJNWEEzY01xQ0p0TDZJeE94VGJwdz09 

Meeting-ID: 612 8932 6057

Passwort: afrika