Celebrating Dambudzo Marechera, Yvonne Vera and Chenjerai Hove
Dambudzo Marechera, Chenjerai
Hove and Yvonne Vera’s contributions and voices continue reverberating in the corridors of our Departments of English and other disciplines. Their reach are local, global, intra disciplinary, cross disciplinary. Their vibes range from the personal to the public/social. The memories, anxieties, vistas, perceptions and controversies that their respective voices embody give reason for this Inter-disciplinary, Trans-disciplinary and Intra-disciplinary reconsideration. Come and let us explore the vicissitudes characterising the different social and political dispensations since their times till now. That their writings reflect and influence Black Studies elsewhere also gives reason for discourses to include the Black Communities in the Diaspora. Marechera, Hove and Vera’s contributions remain invariably relevant to the study of the colony and post-colony, gender, eco-feminism and eco-criticism, Africa, Black communities and Black Studies among other pertinent areas. The Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Zimbabwe seeks to host a multi pronged conference that facilitates the celebration, reflections, examination, exploration, discussion and interrogation of Dambudzo Marechera, Chenjerai Hove and Yvonne Vera. Different disciplines continue to benefit from intellectual engagement with these major contributors to Zimbabwean and African Literature.
We invite scholars, critics, researchers and artists from various genres to come together and critically engage with each other as we celebrate and reflect on these Zimbabwean writers. Academic papers, mediations of all kinds, performances and testimonies are therefore invited on the following subthemes:
- Knowledge and Identity Construction
- Post-coloniality and the writings of Marechera, Hove or Vera
- Social Change and Transformation in an era of Uncertainty
- Gender, Sexuality and the Body
- Eco-criticism and eco-feminism in Zimbabwean Literature
- Well-Being and Discourses of Politics, Culture and Society
- Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Society
- Exile and the Diaspora
- Literature and Society
- Language, Narration and Style
- Marechera, Hove or Vera in History, Education and or Politics
- Marechera, Hove and Vera and their creative methods
- New perspectives on the life and works of Marechera or Hove or Vera
- Performances, Films, Documentaries, Readings and Testimonies around Marechera or Hove or Vera
The conference would also entertain papers and concepts that focus on related themes and critical issues of teaching and research in appreciating Marechera, Hove and Vera.
Abstract submission guidelines:
All abstracts and concepts should be submitted online to Organising Committee representatives whose e-mails are as shown below. Online abstract submissions open from 3 January 2018. Abstracts should be no more than 350 words, including full contact details and affiliation of all presenters.
Conference Outcomes: Outstanding papers will be published in an edited and peer-reviewed book by July 2019. University of Zimbabwe Publications (UZP) is the tentative publisher.
Conference Fees: Conference fees of US200.00 per head to cover accessories, venue, teas and lunches for delegates and presenters for the duration of the Conference has been proposed. Banking details will be forwarded to interested individuals upon acceptance of contributors’ abstracts.
Accommodation: The Faculty of Arts is liaising with University of Zimbabwe’s Department of Accommodation and Catering Services (DACS) for reasonable rates to delegates from outside Harare who could be interested in such a service. Prospective delegates should therefore indicate their preference upon abstract submission to allow for planning. Other delegates may find alternative accommodation at commercial rates in Harare hotels and private lodges that include: Holiday Inn; Monomotapa Crown Plaza; NI Hotel; Bronte Hotel, among others.
Transport: Delegates are persuaded to find accommodation in the vicinity of UZ Campus where the Conference will be held to alleviate transport challenges to and from Campus. Those flying to Harare International Airport may use Airport taxis at an additional cost to get to their preferred accommodation venues and University of Zimbabwe Halls of Residence and Conference Venue.
- Online abstract submissions: 3 March 2018
- Feedback on Abstract Submissions: From 20th April 2018
- Regular registration: 1 May – 30 June 2018
- Late registration: 1 - 30 July 2018
- Conference: 01 August – 03 August 2018
Local Organizing Committee Representatives
Memory Chirere (Chair), Ruby Magosvongwe, Tanaka Chidora, Sheunesu Mandizvidza, Edwin Mhandu, Ignatius Mabasa
All conference related queries should be directed via email to: