A membrane is employed as a boundary-object and as a site of connectedness. Looking at this dual character of the membrane, the discussion in this issue is about flows, exchange, permeability, and translations, as well as about restraint, rejections, and protected areas.
A Stranger’s Pose blends memoir, travelogue, and storytelling as Emmanuel Iduma relates his journey across several African countries.
This is a ritual causality performative lecture in which memories will be re-encoded with new temporal information embodying the features of Black womxn and Black quantum futurist time(s) o unlock memories from different times and places.
With a widely varied pool of contributions ranging from multimedia content to more experimental forms, this issue includes contemplative and analytical writing in French and English, as well as other media.
During the international literature festival »Membrane – African Literatures and Ideas,« which took place in Stuttgart May 23–26, 2019, David Mathews made documentary drawings of the many voices of Africa and their audience.
A woman who gets lost in a European town in the middle of the night is confronted with the strange feeling of solitude, two foreign languages, and three strangers who are sitting in a shelter, until …
Posters printed on risograph. 29,7 x 35 cm. Made from (and presented with) Guinean stamps issued in 1959, designer unknown. Photos : EESAB-Rennes
A roaringly powerful poem by Brazilian writer Vinicius Jatobá on the impetuous elemental forces from the beginning of the creation of the continents to their division by the oceans.
Temi Oh’s first novel »Do You Dream of Terra Two?« asks which visions of the future we share. Enos Nyamor talked with Temi Oh about space travel, dreams, identity, and the places we call home.
»Among some of the recent postcolonial ideas, the concept of Afropolitanism has grown increasingly problematic,« says Enos Nyamor. An essay that attempts to provoke new ways of scrutinizing the promising, but equally elitist, concept of Afropolitanism.
Edith Lázár reflects on interrelations of second-hand fashion practices, western and eastern economic systems, technocratic changes, and her life in Romania.
Cameroonian cartoonist Japhet Miagotar talks about North-South relations, and describes his work as a reflection of social behavior, shaped by personal history, ideologies, studies, and African statuary.
For three months Paula Bulling, graphic artist from Berlin, and Japhet Miagotar, graphic artist and lecturer from Dschang, have exchanged images and ideas about life in Berlin and Dschang, about childhood, the everyday and politics.
In this story, young people from a Congolese town fall prey to dream vendors in search of a better life. They follow a quest, which leads them to the depths of rivers in search of diamonds and gold.
By weaving together historical events and imagined texts, »Lebensentwürfe« questions the stories of West African women and their descendants, so as to tell it anew.
Nigerian writer Sada Malumfashi relates an encounter with his friends, while hunting a key in Berlin's night, roaming trough the city, learning Berlin, while in that moment shaping the city with a black perspective.
On his way from Germany to Kenya, Eric Otieno passed by Bagamoyo, in Tanzania, where he found traces of German colonialism. A reflection on the difficult, and distorted memory politics, which often repeat national narratives of founders, fathers, and flags.
Can one be thirsty in the sea? Can there be distance if we get close? Can music be silent?
A poem that reflects on contradictions, and realities existing next to each other.
Drawing from the Japanese art of shifu, a Sun Ra song, and old screensavers, the works The Text Is Text-ile & Of Sounds And Something Else discuss the recalibration of historical (written) heritage and knowledge.
Zoltán Lesi and Ricardo Portilho on poetic experiments, intertwining time and people, intersexual athletes, and their new book publication In Frauenkleidung.
Felwine Sarr talks about his essay »Afrotopia« and the need for a »cultural revolution« in Africa: »Now is the time to dream the utopia in Africa itself, and to design the continent ourselves!«
The three curators of the festival »Membrane – African Literatures and Ideas« intend to refresh the flow of words, images, ideas, people, and notions from Africa, from the many Africas into the rest of the world.
The organizers of the festival »Membrane – African Literatures and Ideas,« explore the possibilities within which permeability in thinking, speaking, and acting is the basic condition of change.
Alice Sarmiento’s article reveals the power of dance to resist the repressive methods of the war on drugs in the Philippines, within Manila’s poorest districts.
A photo essay by Helena Schätzle and Sudharak Olwe outlines the everyday atrocities on Dalits in India, which are shaped by the historical prejudice of the caste.