Dina Adhiambo Ligaga
Dina Ligaga is holds a Senior Lectureship position in the Department of Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand. She has published in the areas of media studies and popular culture in Africa, with a specific focus on East Africa. She is co-editor of Radio in Africa (2011) and Eastern African Intellectual Traditions (2012). She is also co-editor of a special issue titled ‘East African Interventions in African Literary and Cultural Studies’. African Studies. Vol 75 (2).  She has published journal articles on emerging popular cultures in the digital age, with a focus on women and agency.

She will present the paper, “Genres of Femininity: Women and the Moral Narrative in Kenyan Popular Media” at the ASA Annual Meeting.

Aaron Mushengyezi
Aaron Mushengyezi graduated with a Doctorate in English from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA. He is currently an Associate Professor at Makerere University and a CAPREx Research Fellow at the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He has held several prestigious awards including Post-doctoral fellowships by the African Humanities Program (AHP) of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and the Cambridge Africa Partnership for Research Excellence (CAPREx). He is a specialist in children and young adult literature, and he has coordinated several bi-lingual book projects for children in Ugandan schools. He has authored several articles and books, including Oral Literature for Children: Rethinking Orality, Literacy, Performance, and Documentation Practices (Rodopi, 2013) and Twentieth Century Literary Theory (Makerere, 2003). He has also contributed to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature (Oxford, 2006) and he recently edited Media for Young People in Uganda: Introduction to Theory and Practice (Fountain, 2017).

He will present the paper, “Translating Ugandan Oral Literature for Children: Audience, Form, and Social Relevance” at the ASA Annual Meeting.

Ngusekela Mona Mwakalinga
Ngusekela Mona Mwakalinga is a Lecturer of Film and Media Studies at the Department of Creative Arts of the University of Dar es Salaam. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and a Masters of Arts in Theatre and Film from the University of Dar es Salaam. She also holds a PhD in Film and Media Studies from the University of Kansas, USA. She is currently the Director of Public Service at the University of Dar es Salaam. She is a practitioner, facilitator, trainer and instructor in both film and theatre arts. Her research interest is in theatre and film practice in Tanzania, Africa and the diaspora. She has worked with both national and international organizations at different capacities.

She will present the paper, “Looking at Tanzanian Video Films through a Transnational Lens” at the ASA Annual Meeting.


Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso
Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Babcock University, Nigeria. Olajumoke’s research has focused on women in peace, conflict and security as well as on comparative African politics. Her essays have been published in the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, Wagadu: the Journal of Transnational Women’s Studies, the Liberian Studies Journal, and elsewhere. She is co-editor of Women in Africa: Contexts, Rights, Hegemonies, and of the forthcoming book by Routledge, Gendering Knowledge in Africa and the African Diaspora: Contesting History and Power. She is also Editor of the Journal of International Politics and Development. Olajumoke has held fellowships and grants from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the University for Peace Africa Program, the International Development Research Centre, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), amongst others. She is currently (2016/2017) a post-doctoral fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)’s African Humanities Program AHP.

She will present the paper, “This is My Sweet Liberia: Songs and Single Mothers’ Narratives of Return and Resilience in Postconflict Liberia” at the ASA Annual Meeting.

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