Buchi’s unique writers’s voice, alongside voices of other women writers of her generation, paved the way for African and African Diaspora women’s voices to express themselves unapologetically and fiercely from women’s perspectives. Debates have raged about Buchi’s work as womanist or feminist but Buchi herself remained non-committal in relation to labels, leaving her work to speak for itself. “Apart from telling stories, I don’t have a particular mission. I like to tell the world our part of the story while using the voices of women.”

Buchi Emecheta was a prolific writer, whose publications spanned four decades from the early 1970s until the early 2000s. Buchi made an important and sustained contribution to what was at the beginning of her literary career, the emerging field of African women’s writing.
The corpus of her rich work, embedded in Igbo culture and her experiences in the UK and dealing with complex issues including abuse and their impact on women’s lives leaves us a rich legacy through which to explore the trajectory of women’s voice, place, women in writing and literature, autobiography, representation and theory (feminism, gender, womanism, etc.) and their impact on literature and women’s and men’s contribution to it and to scholarship in particular and to social transformation in general.

This panel invites submissions that revisit Buchi Emecheta’s oeuvre, and consider her contribution to African and African Diaspora women’s writing. It seeks to reflect on Buchi’s own influences and the influence that she has had on both her contemporaries as well as the writers that followed her. As contemporary African and African Diaspora literature is now dominated by the voices of women, we invite panellists to consider Buchi Ememcheta’s contribution towards placing women at the centre of this field.

We invite abstracts of no more than 250 words to be submitted by 3rd March 2017 if we are to be considered for the Women’s Caucus of the ASA. (You have to be a member of the Women’s Caucus or the ASA to be considered).

Kindly Submit to Louisa Egbunike L.Egbunike[at]mmu.ac.uk