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The JP Clark International Conference: Connecting the Glocal Literary Genres and Futures

The JP Clark International Conference:
Connecting the Glocal Literary Genres and Futures

University of Lagos, Nigeria. July 12 – 15, 2018


Dr. G Oty Agbajoh-Laoye
Associate Professor
Department of World Languages and Cultures
Monmouth University
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
Dr. Hope Eghagha
Professor and Chair
Department of English
University of Lagos
Lagos, Nigeria

About JP Clark
Travel and Accomodations


Theme: Connecting the Local and Global Across Literary Genres

In John Pepper Clark’s literary repertoire (unabated from the 1950s to the present), we encounter a plethora of real and imaginative worlds—in Kiagbodo, Ibadan, Lagos, Soweto, London, and New Jersey. In this universe the pristine, unsoiled natural but human world of the Izon in the Niger Delta of Nigeria is the farthest from modernity and the metropolis, also constitutes constructive space where major global concerns intersect. The rampaged and destructiveness of the politics of representation, oil/petro-chemical industries, imperialism and capitalism, multinationals, irresponsible governance, the pseudo-modernity of contemporary Nigeria (read Africa) to sites outside the continent are captured in his work across genres. These creative and temporal locales are the real and metaphoric representative of the local-global, socio-cultural and political reach of J. P Clark’s drama, poetry, oral narrative, and prose.

Proceeding from the immediate to the universal to capture the scope of J.P. Clark’s literary oeuvre across two centuries, the conference will be structured around plenaries on the different genres—drama, poetry, oral tradition, prose, film, music, and virtual realities. This international conference invites contributions—Plenaries, Panels, Round Tables, and Papers that address a variety of themes, ranging from the indigenous and communal, to broader contemporary issues like the African Diaspora, Global Africa, the local and global, issues and dimensions across and within the micro and macro aspects of the writings of J. P Clark. We also encourage submissions that cut across genres and writers as well as focus on new media and ecocriticism.

Keynote Speaker:

Professor Wole Soyinka
Nobel Laureate, Playwright, Poet, Novelist, Essayist, and Social and Political Activist

Title of Lecture:


Plenary Speakers:

Professor Al-Bisahak – Nasarawa State University, Nigeria: “Before Thoth Was Tehuti: The Clarkson Greco-Roman Influences Were African.”

Professor Thabisile M. Buthelezi – University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, “Codeswitching JP Clark’s and other African Literary Voices to African Languages for Social Integration in Africa.”

Professor G.G Darah – University of Africa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, “J.P Clark, Literature, and Revolutionary Pressures in the Niger Delta of Nigeria.”

Professor Tony Afejuku – University of Benin, Nigeria:” JP Clark’s Phenomenological Thoughts in Remains of a Tide.”

Dr. Nduka Otiono, “From ‘Paradise’ to the Trysting Creeks:J.P. Clark-Bekederemo’s Poetic Expeditions in Mortality.”

Celebratory panel on JP Clark by his contemporaries and close associates:

Professor(s) Bayo Banjo, Dan Izevbaye, and Omolara Ogundipe, David Okpako, Niyi Osundare, Mrs. Francesca Emmanuel, Mr. Sesan Dipeolu, Mr. Ike Ikeugo and Mr. Tade Ipadeola and more.

The themes are not limited to the following:

  • Modern African Literature and JP Clark
  • Creativity Influences
  • Indigenous, Oral and Greek Sources across Genre
  • Modernity and African literature, Drama, and Performance
  • The African Identity, the Self and Outsider in African Performance and Politics Geography and Politics
  • Performance, Ideology and Politics
  • The Indigenous, Cosmopolitan and Modern
  • Ritualizing Experience; Society and Community
  • The Normative in Content and Context
  • Ritual, Norms and Taboo in Literature and Performance
  • Tradition and Change
  • Implications for Modern Living;
  • Managing and Marketing Performance in Africa
  • Translation, Transliteration, Orature, Narratology and Adaptation
  • Gender Issues: (De-) Re-Centering Women, Masculinity and Manhood
  • Children and Young Adults across Genres
  • Social and Ethical Issues
  • Beyond Africa and J P Clark, African Diaspora, and the rest of the World
  • Globalization in JP Clark’s Artistry
  • JP Clark as Artist as Teacher and Conscience
  • Teaching Roundtables
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