In Partnership with St. Lawrence University Institute and Faculty of Arts, University of Buea, the Cameroon English Language and Literature Association announces the
FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
UNIVERSITY OF BUEA
4th - 5th November 2022
“Gender, Sexualities and Eco-Feminist Perspectives in Language, Literature and Culture”
The twenty-first century is lauded for the strides in progress that have encouraged the rights of individuals to flourish and succeed regardless of gender, creed, or race. Yet issues of disparity still abound relating to gender constructions and sexual orientations especially against the backdrop of ecological crisis that are plaguing the world. The myriad of challenges which include issues of gender representation, sexual orientation, climate and/or environmental challenges, and cultural difference have become topical within scholarly circles. Environmental discourses penetrate behaviours about the past, presentations of the present and perceptions of the future and are closely tied to the ways in which Afrocentric environmental ideals relate to the feminine. The convergences of feminist viewpoints are evident in the interchangeable exploration and integration of the ecological, environmental, poststructuralist, psychoanalytical, materialist and post colonial in the advancement of discourses on feminism. Within the ever-expanding matrix, post colonial feminist find new avenues of expression in the perspective of women previously perceived as subaltern as they negotiate new frontiers of parity.
Ecolinguistics questions on how language and literature promote ecocritical thinking in the face of an invasive global culture that anchors on anthropocentricism and capitalism. As Arran Stibbe opines regarding the global environmental crises, “there are increasing calls to go beyond attempts to address isolated symptoms with technical solutions and instead consider the deeper social and cultural causes of the problems we face” (Ecolinguistics, 11) The stories-we-live-by are cognitive structures, mental models which inﬂuence how people think, talk and act. The socio-cultural norms represent the vehicle through which aspects of gender, sexuality and ecological ideals are conceived and transmitted across generations.
This conference seeks to open debates on contemporary discourses on the blurred lines relating to gender, sexuality and ecology and encourage the interrogation of the issues from diverse theoretical lenses. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:
KITAL 2022 Lectures
Expose on the progress of CELLA
Formal Dinner and Festivities
Research scholars: 20.000 FCFA
International Research scholars: $100.00
Research Students: 10.000 FCFA
International Research students: $50.00
Conference participants will enjoy reduced accommodation costs at comfortable hotels or guest houses.
Call for papers: August 2022
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 18th October 2022
Notification of selected abstracts and invitation letters: 28th October 2022
Conference registration deadline: 2nd November 2022
Conference date: 4th & 5th November 2022
Assoc. Prof. Eunice Fombele, University of Buea
Mary Louisa Lum, Ph.D, University of Douala
Oscar C. Labang, Ph.D, St. Lawrence University Institute
Divine Njong, Ph.D, ENS, University of Bertoua
Nkanu Mazou, Ph.D Fellow, University of Yaounde 1
A production of New Breed Africa, Godemma Productions, Double G Films & House of Echad in partnership with St. Lawrence University Institute, Ndop,
Tsulah IV (Heal the Land) showcases the cultural strength of Africa through its exhibition of the Togho and Ndop Cloth as well as the cosmetics, linguistic and interated yearning for peace.
Against a backdrop of despicable human corruption and evil practices, inner city decay and destruction of property, the Tsulah 4 music video projects an African fantasy tale in which Pharaoh still lives and his sorcerers still thrive.
The song is the cry of two voices that resonate deeply with existential questions.
It is gospel music before one listens, after which the song seems to take a shape of its own and scales new frontiers in shaming the devil.
The skillfully produced captures a battle between good and evil in its most abominable incarnation. The pleas of men for the intervention of the Supreme do not go unheeded, as even the devil knows how far he can grin in God's face without going unpunished.
Artistes: Zita Light & Bibi Love
Song Produced by Godemma
Video by Geraldrico Guevara and Rabbi Smith Cosmos