Writers' Africa

"The Writers' Africa" is a series of encounters with African writers and Nordic writers with influential experiences from Africa. The seminars take place in the institute's library. They are held in the evening, two or three times per term.

By showing complexity and creativity expressed in the fiction of African writers we hope to counteract one-sided negative Africa images.

Invitations are sent to all who have notified their interest.
Please, write to mai.palmberg@nai.uu.se or

The series started in 1995 as part of the research project on "Cultural Images in and of Africa". Some of the early African guests we have had are the following writers: Mwandawiro Mghanga (exile-Kenyan), Dyana Kukama, Mazizi Kunene and Phedi Thlobolo from South Africa, Manuel Rui from Angola, and Yvonne Vera from Zimbabwe. Below is a list of the more recent guests, and links to the invitations with brief presentations.

Seminars within the series "The Writers' Africa"
Shailja Patel
Uppsala, Sweden, 23 April 2009

Ivan Vladislavic (pdf)
Uppsala, Sweden, 3 December 2008
A discussion of Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" between Stefan Helgesson and Tolu Ogunlesi.
Uppsala, Sweden, 20 November 2008

Veronique Tadjo (pdf)
Uppsala, Sweden, 6 May 2008

Zakes Mda
Uppsala, Sweden, 21 November 2007

Tsitsi Dangarembga
Uppsala, Sweden, 19 October 2006

Chenjerai Hove (pdf)
Uppsala, Sweden, 9 May 2006

Kenneth Good (pdf)
Uppsala, Sweden, 12 October 2005

Gabeba Baderoon (pdf)
Uppsala, Sweden, 7 April 2005

Lewis Nkosi (pdf)
Uppsala, Sweden, 9 March 2005

Meshack Asare (pdf)
Uppsala, Sweden, 7 March 2005

Elieshi Lema
Uppsala, Sweden, 1 October 2004

Lewis Nkosi
Uppsala, Sweden, 5 December 2003

Charles Mungoshi (pdf)
Uppsala, Sweden, 30 September 2003

Wumi Raji
Uppsala, Sweden, 27 March 2003

Aminata Sow Fall
Uppsala, Sweden, 16 September 2002

Maïssa Bey (pdf)
Uppsala, Sweden,1 April 2009

If you want to be on the mailing list for invitations to the seminars (which take place irregularly, 1-3 times a term), write to:

Mai Palmberg (Mai.Palmberg@nai.uu.se)
Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
Box 1703
751 47 UPPSALA
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