Juni 2018
BIGSAS Festival African and Africandiasporic Literatures 2018: “Space, Feminism and Resistance”
25.06.2018 - 27.06.2018

BIGSAS Festival African and Africandiasporic
Literatures 2018:
“Space, Feminism and Resistance”
25 – 27 Juni 2018

Venue: Iwalewahaus
95444 Bayreuth

The 7th edition of the BIGSAS Festival of African and African-diasporic literatures will be
dedicated to the concept of space. In terms of geopolitics, it will feature Nigeria, Kenya,
Southern Africa and African diasporas in Europe. Moreover, it will address the MENA region
as cultural memory of a longstanding Mediterranean identity that transgresses the Europe-
Africa-divide. Interconnecting these geopolitical spaces with the notion of space as a social
category, the festival will engage with resistance in general, feminism and anti-Apartheid,
paying particular tribute to the 100th Nelson Mandela’s birthday anniversary on the 18th of July.
Featuring Esther Dischereit’s poEthic subversion of the racist NSU murder series (2000-2006),
the festival, moreover, will celebrate street art as edutainment which empowers rethinking of
the already appropriated public spaces.

Monday, 25 June 2018 RESISTANCE AND SPACE
13:30 – 14:30 Opening Welcoming and Introduction
Dr. Thomas Ebersberger, City of Bayreuth
Prof. Dr. Dymitr Ibriszimow (Dean of BIGSAS)
Dr. Nadine Siegert (Deputy Director, Iwalewahaus)
Johanna Sarre (academic coordinator, GeQuInDi)
Shirin Assa (Co-Speaker, Future Migration, Network for Cultural Diversity)
Prof. Dr. Susan Arndt (Director of BIGSAS-Festival of African and African-diasporic
Dr. Sheila Ruiz (Guest of Honor, Deputy Director at Royal African Society)
Dr. Ulrich Schreiber (Godfather, Founder and Director, International Literature Festival

14:30 Reception by City of Bayreuth featuring Aras Hesso (Kurdistan)

15:00 – 20:30 Street Art

15:30 – 16:30 Double Key Note Resistance and Space
Prof. Dr. Raimi Gbadamosi (UK/South Africa)
Dr. Henriette Gunkel (UK/Germany)
Chair: Dr. Nadine Siegert (Germany)

16:30 – 17:30 Panel Discussion Resistance and Space. MENA, Street Art & Activism
Raimi Gbadamosi (South Africa), Billy Kahora (Kenya), Manal Mahamid (Palestine) &
Henriette Gunkel (UK/Germany)
Chair: Dilan Zoe Smida (Germany) & Shirin Assa (Germany/Iran)

17:45 – 18:30 Installation & Vernissage
Video Installation Fine Dust
Manal Mahamid (Palestine)
Theo Eshetu: Till Death
Introduced by Lukas Heger
Curation & Chair: Dilan Zoe Smida (Germany)
The Wall. unlearning. Open save space. Opening
Mduduzi Khumalo (Germany/South Africa)

18:45 – 20:00 Reading Space & Resistance
Billy Kahora (Kenya)
Ives S. Loukson (Cameroon/ Germany) Le Fruit défendu
Chair: Shirin Assa (Germany, Iran) & Mingqing Yuan (Germany/China)

20:00 Dinner

20:30 Spoken Word Performance
Blesz (Netherlands), Toni Stuart (South Africa) & Batsirai Chigama (Zimbabwe)
Open Mic: Brady Blackburn (USA) & Tamás Jules Fütty (Germany)
Music: Sweet Peanuts & Friends (International Music Collective)
Chair: Sifa Jihad (Marocco) & Tomupeishe Maphosa (Germany/Zimbabwe)

22:00 DJ Blesz (Netherlands)


11:00 – 12:30 Keynote Resistance and Transnational Feminism
In Cooperation with BIGSAS Diversity Program
Obioma Nnaemeka (USA/Nigeria)
Chair: Xin Li (Germany /China)

12:30 Lunch

12:45 Film Screening Leaf in the Wind
Chair: Onookome Okome (Canada/Nigeria)

13:45 – 15:15 Academic Word Slam Feminism
In Cooperation with BIGSAS Diversity Program
Obioma Nnaemeka (USA/Nigeria), Roshni Mooneram (Mauritius), Tomupeishe Maphosa
(Germany/Zimbabwe), Onookome Okome (Canada/Nigeria), & Tamás Jules Fütty (Germany)
& Zainabu Jallo (Nigeria)
Chair: Susanne Mühleisen & Valentina Serelli

15:00 – 19:30 Street Art

15:30 – 17:00 Reading & Performance Feminism
Zainabu Jallo (Nigeria): Onions Make Us Cry
Elleke Boehmer (UK/SA): The Shouting in the Dark
In Conversation with Sheila Ruiz (UK)
Chair: Clarissa Vierke (Germany) & Ifeoluwa Aboluwade (Germany/Nigeria)

17:00 Vernissage Hypnopompia: The Interstitial Self
Zainabu Jallo (Nigeria)
Chair: Ifeoluwe Aboluwade (Germany/Nigeria)

17:30 – 18:30 Panel Discussion #torevolutionarytypelove. Talking about Queer & Politics
In Cooperation with Iwalewahaus
Kawira Mwirichia (Kenya), Malcolm Muga (Kenya), Awuor Onyango (Kenya)
Chair: Samanea Karfalt (Germany/USA)

17:30 – 18:30 Panel Discussion presenting Results of Workshop: Rethinking Gender &
Feminism for the 21st Century
Batsirai Chigama (Nigeria/Südafrika) & Yewande Omotoso in Conversation with Ifeoluwa
Aboluwade (Germany/Nigeria), Shirin Assa (Germany /Iran), Tomupeishe Maphosa
(Germany /Zimbabwe), Xin Li (Germany /China), Samira Paraschiv (Germany/Romania)
(Nigeria/South Africa) & Dilan Zoe Smida (Germany)

18:30 Dinner

19:30 Reading Blumen für Otello. Über die Verbrechen von Jena
In German, English and Turkish
Author and Reader: Esther Dischereit (Germany)
Music and Reader: İpek İpekçoğlu (Germany)
In conversation with Susan Arndt (Germany)
Chair: Ifeoluwa Aboluwade (Nigeria)

21:15 Party Night with DJ Ipek (Germany)

Wednesday, 27. June 2018 A TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA

11:00 – 14:00 Lectures ‘n Discussion A Tribute to Nelson Mandela in Context
Elleke Boehmer (UK/South Africa)
Onookome Okome (Nigeria/Canada)
Comment: Katharina Fink (Germany)
PoEthics: Toni Stuart (South Africa)
Further Discussants: Mduduzi Khumalo (Germany/South Africa), Renzo Baas
(Namibia/Germany) & Yewande Omotoso (Nigeria/Südafrika)
Chair: Billy Kahora (Kenya) & Henriette Gunkel (Germany/UK)

14:00 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 15:30 Book Launch Future and Fiction in Africa and Beyond. Visions in
Transition (Publications of Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies)
In Cooperation with Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies
Susan Arndt, Dilan Zoe Smida & Henriette Gunkel in Conversation with Yewande Omotoso
Chair: Shirin Assa & Renzo Baas

15:45 – 17:15 Reading Resistance and Space
Yewande Omotoso (Nigeria/Südafrika)
Onookome Okome (Canada/Nigeria)
Zainabu Jallo (Nigeria)
Chair: Sifa Jihad (Marocco), Mingqing Yuan (China/ Germany) & Ute Fendler (Germany)

13:30 – 18:00 Street Art Corner with Workshop for Kids
Curation and Chair: Katharina Fink (Germany) & Dilan Zoe Smida (Germany)
Aras Hesso (Kurdistan)
Children’s Workshop’n Tape Art
Dilan Zoe Smida (Germany) & Katharina Fink (Germany)
Jazz ‘n (International Music Cooperation)
Sweet Peanuts & Friends (International Music Collective)
Installation The Wall. unlearning. Open save space.
Mduduzi Khumalo (Germany/South Africa)
Batsirai Chigama (Zimbabwe)

18:00 – 22:00 Open Air Concert
Sweet Peanuts & Friends (International Music Collective)
Mr Reed (USA) feat. Emmanuel Afriyie, Elvis Ediagbonya, Gabeyre Farah, Danny
Maaskamp, Daniel van der Molen & n.n.
In Cooperation with Bayreuth Event & Festival e.V.

Partners in Bayreuth:
Bayreuth Event und Festival e.V.
Future Migration, Network for Cultural Diversity
Universitätsverein (requested)
Accompanying Seminar:
African and African-diasporic Feminist Literature (Prof. Dr. Susan Arndt)
Workshop Rethinking Gender & Feminism for the 21st Century
Goethe-Zentrum, Harare
Stadt Bayreuth
Prof. Dr. Susan Arndt
Samira Paraschiv
Dilan Zoe Smida
Shirin Assa
Website & Photography:
Maximilian Arndt
Dilan Zoe Smida
Artwork, Flyer & Poster:
Johannes Roßkamm
Dilan Zoe Smida
Technical Department:
Max Arndt
Sifa Jihad
Steffen Riess
Ives Loukson Sangouing
Tomupeishe Anne Maphosa
Further Team Members:
Amélie Arndt
Joshua Arndt
Camillo Arndt
Ifeoluwa Aboluwade
Joyce Anchimbe
Taghrid Elhanafy
Dr. Katharina Fink
Albert Legrand Kamga
Prof. Dr. Onookome Okome
Nina Simon
James Wachira
Mingqing Yuan