Three Important Reminders
- Pay ALA membership fees. If you have not paid your annual membership fees, please do so now. Your name will
not appear in the program and you will not be able to present your paper if you do
not pay your annual due. Please visit the ALA Membership Page to make payment.
- Pay ALA 2016 registration fees. Every conference attendee must pay registration fee. Your paper may have been accepted
for the conference, but your name will be removed from the program if you do not pay
your conference registration fees by March 15 2016. To pay, please visit the Conference Registration Page.
- Make hotel reservations. The ALA 2016 conference hotel is the truly gorgeous Marriott Marquis Atlanta. Pay
your ALA membership fees first, then your conference registration, and finally reserve your hotel room.
We encourage all participants to reserve a room as soon as possible. Rooms for conference participants will go up from a flat $157/night to $400/night if reservation is made after March 18th.
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."
- Martin Luther King, Jr. in Stride Toward Freedom the Montgomery Story - Chapter XI "Where Do We Go From Here."
African Literature Association 2016 Conference Theme
As Atlanta gets ready to host the Annual Conference of the African Literature Association in April 2016, our theme is inspired by the words of the city’s most famous son, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Historically, the pursuit of justice and dignity connects Atlanta to the varied experiences of African peoples, as the US Civil Rights Movement drew inspiration from struggles for decolonization and, in turn, inspired these struggles. Atlantans remain committed both to understanding and to pursuing civil and human rights, as attested by the presence in the city of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Carter Center. The hosting universities also recognize their importance, as Kennesaw State University will hold an International Summit on Civil and Human Rights later this year and Emory University just announced the establishment of the John Lewis Chair in Civil Rights and Social Justice.
Justice and human dignity have long remained central tenets of cultural production from Africa and the African diaspora in the quest for freedom and recognition. Artists, filmmakers and writers from Africa and its diaspora often explore the possibilities for justice and the challenges to human dignity in the face of various forms of oppression. Whether they work as creators of fictional worlds or as
critics of the worlds they inhabit, these artists launch a call for critical rethinking and socio-political action. The just treatment of human beings and the preservation of their dignity on the African continent and beyond recur as images, motifs and concepts for urgent consideration, critical re-imagination and scholarly enquiry. These literary and cultural texts offer alternative visions that counter the myopic and prejudicial media portrayals of Africa and its people.
Recognizing the many challenges to justice that remain—and the complicated, mediated avenues by which the arts engage with these challenges—the organizers believe that an emphasis on justice and human dignity will give room for critically reflecting on, as well as celebrating, the current state of creative work from Africa and the diaspora.