Wednesday, January 30, 2013

“CRY FOR HELP”: SUFFERING AND HEALING IN EKPE INYANG’S DEATH OF HARDSHIP

“CRY FOR HELP”: SUFFERING AND HEALING IN EKPE INYANG’S DEATH OF HARDSHIP

Ekpe Inyang’s poetry is typified by a profound expression of pain and suffering. However, the humanistic poetic sentiments expressed in most of the poems apparently compels the poet to see pain and suffering not as a process of frustration and existential nihilism but as a source of recognition of the innate values of life. Suffering and pain, therefore, comes across in Inyang’s poetry as aspects that propel the individual to see what is missed or not seen. The value of Inyang’s poetry lies in the ability to express pain and suffering at one length, and still look forward toward a hopeful and meaning existence. In the context of Inyang’s poetry, both the poet and the personas are sufferers. The poet and his personas are at the stage of “expressive suffering”; the point whereby the “poetic process parallels the sufferer’s internal process of finding an expressive voice, which in itself can exercise some control over suffering (Coulehan, “Expressive Solidarity” 591). Thus, this paper is a critical exegesis of selected poems from Inyang Ekpe’s The Death of Hardship in which one perceives the cries of the suffering individuals expressing a condition that encompasses not only personal physical suffering, pain and distress, but also a loss and collapse of the very traditions that give value to human identity and dignity.

Keywords: Suffering, Pain, Healing, Poetry, and Distress

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

“LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE: INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES”



“LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE: INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES”

20 – 21 June 2013
Catholic University of Cameroon (CATUC) – Bamenda

The nature of contemporary/global problems necessitates solutions that integrate knowledge and methodologies from distinct disciplines. Interdisciplinary perspectives to the interpretation, teaching and study of literature and language create avenues for critics, teachers and students to synthesize more than one discipline, and enrich the overall educational experience. The pedagogy of traditional methodologies encourages concentration on only one discipline; but the dynamism in the availability and flow of information in the age of technology requires an eclectic approach. While proponents of interdisciplinarity argue that it expands understanding and achievement between all disciplines, critics argue that it leads to integration confusion.

This conference is interested in papers that integrate other disciplines in the analysis of literature and language. Proposals for 20 minutes presentations and 1-hour plenary sessions are welcomed. Abstracts MUST show how the paper will critically link or integrate insights/methodologies from two or more disciplines. Sub-themes include, but are not limited to:

Literature, Language and Environment
Literature, Language and Religion
Literature, Language and Human Rights
Literature, Language and Leadership
Literature, Language and Ethics
Literature, Language and Law
Literature, Language and Sociology
Literature, Language and Philosophy
Literature, Language and Politics
Literature, Language and Marketing
Literature, Language and Publishing
Literature, Language and Psychology
Literature, Language and Nationhood

Abstracts of 250 words in Ms Word format (Times New Roman, Font Size 12) should be submitted to:conference2013@cella-cameroon.org

Selected papers will be published in a Special Issue of the CELLA journal JELLiC: Journal of English Language, Literature and Culture

MAJOR ACTIVITIES
Opening ceremony
Keynote Address(es)
Plenary and Parallel sessions
Cultural Night
Closing ceremony

REGISTRATION FEE
Research Scholars/Academicians (Cameroon): 10.000frs
Research Students (Cameroon): 5.000frs
Research Scholars/Academicians (International): $ 100.00
Research Students (International): $ 50.00

• Registration fee includes logistics breakfast, complimentary lunch, and refreshment
• Registration fee does not include accommodation.

IMPORTANT DATES
Call for Papers: December 2012
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15th April 2013
Notification of selected abstracts: 15th May 2013
Registration Deadline: 31st May 2013

KEY RESOURCE PERSONS
Fr. Michael Suh Niba (Associate Prof.) – Bamenda, Cameroon
Ibrahim Tala Kashim (Emeritus Prof.) – Buea, Cameroon
Nol Alembong (Prof.) – Buea, Cameroon
Shadrach Ambanason (Prof.) – Bambili, Cameroon
John Nkemngong Nkengasong (Associate Prof.)
Hans Fonka (PhD) – Yaounde, Cameroon
Oscar Labang (PhD) – Missouri, USA


Convener
Fr. Michael Suh Niba
Associate Professor
Vice-Chancellor, Catholic University of Cameroon