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Contemporary Francophone “Afropean” Writers: From Francophonie to the Banlieue – Christopher Hogarth. School of Creative Industries, University of South Australia – Cardiff University MLANG 21.11.18

“Afropean” is a term that has its origins with David Byrne, the Talking Heads front man. It was used to describe a music fusion. Silvia Brancato on “Afro-European Literature” as “New Discursive Category”. This talks of the “Reciprocal embeddedness” of Africa and Europe. “Afropean narratives reveal a Europe which has always been transcultural.” (2011) Francophone Cameroonian novelist Léonora Miano, Afropean Soul. Multiple Belongings vs Republican Frenchness. Popularity of spaces of multiple belonging, especially in African context. Artificial nature of European-created nation-states in Africa (imagined in Berlin in 1884) and the history of inter-ethnicity there. Nature of contemporary European Union with the movement and employment opportunities. In France the notion of multiple or hyphenated identities is rarely discussed. In France there is no social vocabulary to designate descendants of postcolonial immigrants. Postcolonial vs Francophonie in academic criticism “Littérature française” shelved separately from “littérature étrangère” “Littérature francophone” now includes Francophone authors from all backgrounds. These backgrounds include authors from postcolonial France and Francophone writers. Limited identification in the public sphere which in turn influences everything from popular media to academic work in France. Some social scientists use ‘issu(e)(s) de la diversité’, but also an umbrella term Looking at texts in Liverpool University Press on Francophone Afropean literatures: Authors were born and spent significant portions of their childhood in Africa. African culture whose education system was heavily influenced by France. Exception: N’Sondé as a post-migratory Afropean. Work focuses on geography of French banlieues. Quite different from cosmopolitan authors such as Mabanckou and Miano. Post-migratory Afropeans. 2nd and 3rd generation authors with postcolonial heritage can be seen as “post-migratory” artists. They have stronger links to France than the African continent. Criticisms include: “Afro descendance” and “Double exclusion”? Post-migratory Afropeans – Borderless and brazen? They do not enjoy the same international acclaim as cosmopolitan figures. eg. Mabonckou’s publicity machine. Popularisation of post-migratory Afropeans – they publish with smaller, specialist publishing houses. There is an importance of transmediality – Slam poetry, rap, CD ROMs, CDs. They have prefaces written by more famous scholars and stars eg. Lilian Thuram. Reading as a duty towards “social justice”. Representations of mobility across Afropean texts. Most works are stuck in Europe, in cities, in suburbs, with little chance of escape. There is a wide variety of ethnicities and experiences. Focus on marginalisation, economic problems, violence, struggle to escape through sport and education. Emphasis on lack of mobility to which some…

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Wez G Sessions – Episode 22

Wez G Sessions - Episode 22

Wez G Sessions Episode 22 is an hour’s collection of eclectic varieties of music, including Wez G’s latest remix effort in the studio. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored [Silvertone Records] 2. The Pogues – A Pistol For Paddy Garcia [WEA] 3. Kate Bush – Watching You Without Me [EMI] 4. Ninjah – Raw (Wez G ‘Chunk Norris’ Remix) [White] 5. Talking Heads – Crosseyed And Painless [Sire] 6. M83 – Raconte-Moi Une Histoire [Mute] 7. Jussara Silveira & Luiz Brasil – Nobreza [World Music Network] 8. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power Of Love [ZTT] 9. Suzanne Vega – Caramel [A&M Records] 10. Super Furry Animals – Hometown Unicorn [Creation Records] 11. South Street Players – Who Keeps Changing Your Mind? (Sure Is Pure Mix) [Sound Of Ministry] 12. The Streets – Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way [679 Recordings] 13. Moby – The Blue Terror Of Lawns [Mute] 14. Bob Marley – 400 Years [Time Wind] Wez G Sessions Episode 22 by Wez G on Mixcloud [wp-post-slider]

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