The seminar Un-located Readings is an invitation to read African writers independent of their country of origin. The seminar takes place at Kunstnernes Hus. We have invited blogger, journalist and literary scholar, Ainehi Edoro as the keynote speaker.
Wednesday May 24th the Nigerian-American blogger and professor of literature Ainehi Edoro from Marquette University (WI, USA) visits Oslo for a keynote speech and a workshop. TrAP has invited Edoro to talk about the tendency in the field of literature to exotify African fiction, by first searching out the geographical references and it's complementary expectations before valuating a text's literary intrinsic values.
To Edoro this is to reduce the literary value of a writer's work, for the benefit of anthropological classification. We wish to invite to a multi-disciplinary discussion on how a culture relative reading of a work of art may get in the way for an understanding of the work's content. The consequence often is for this work not to get its proper assessment in the domain of art history. Ainehi Edoro will emphasise the alternative.
Edoro's partner of conversation this Wednesday is the Norwegian and South-African musician Nosizwe. She will first lead a blind-reading session, as a warm-up to Edoro's keynote. Here the participants will get an opportunity to encounter extracts of texts and to suggest its sources, ahead of the reference being made available. The session is open to a small group of 15 pre-registered participants. After Edoro's keynote in the auditorium at Kunstnernes Hus at 12am she and Nosizwe will have a conversation and open up for questions. Finally Edoro will lead a workshop in reading technique, on basis of the topic she raises. Again, this session is open only for a pre-registered group of 15 people.
Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee where she teaches global Anglophone literatures. She holds a doctorate from Duke University. She is the founder and editor of brittlepaper.com—an African literary site. Brittle Paper is to be considered more a platform on its field of focus, rather than a pure forum for literature. As editor Edoro ties up to contributors whom in various ways opens up the discussion on the African within international literature. Edoro is born in Nigeria and lives in Chicago.
The event takes place at Kunstnernes Hus organised by TrAP, with the publishing house Solum as partner of collaboration for the first part (blind reading session).
KUNSTNERNES HUS May 24th, 2017
10.00 "Blind reading" - session in Atelier Felix, for 15 pre-registered
12.00 Ainehi Edoro: How not to talk about African fiction, incl talk
14.00 Ainehi Edoro - workshop in reading technique in Atelier Felix, for 15 pre-registered
As the organiser of this event TrAP first became aware of Edoro by reading this article in the Guardian:
This additional article by Ben Okri speaks into the same topic: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/27/mental-tyranny-black-writers
The event is free of charge. Edoro's programme will be English spoken. Registration to firstname.lastname@example.org - please specify what part of the programme one wishes to register for.