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Total Glokal. Stuttgarter Weltgespräche

17 November 2017, 6 – 9 p.m. | Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart, WeltRaum

Shifting the 'We' in African Children's Literature

Notions of childhood develop on the basis of historic, political and cultural connections. Instead of romanticising childhood, it should be understood as a controversial field that will make social tensions and conflicts apparent. Narrations of childhood shape notions of community. The author and literary scholar Robert Muponde will speak on the history of Zimbabwean literature. Furthermore, he will consult traditional African folk tales. Which concept of 'we' is manifested in notions of childhood, and how are obstacles on the path to compassion and an inclusive 'we' culture constructed in this early phase?

The event will be conducted in the English language. After the presentation, there will be a moderated discussion with the audience.

Participants: Robert Muponde, Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Visiting Scholar "Literary Cultures of the Global South" at the University of Tübingen and Andree Gerland, Coordinator in the "Global South"-project of the University of Tübingen.

The event is held in cooperation between ifa and the BMBF- and DAAD funded network "Literary Cultures of the Global South" of the University of Tübingen. It is sponsored by the Robert Bosch Foudantion and the City of Stuttgart.

About 'Total Glokal. Stuttgarter Weltgespräche' (Totally Glocal. Stuttgart Global Talks)

'Total Glokal. Stuttgarter Weltgespräche' is the title of a new event series, which commences in our anniversary year. It addresses current social challenges and reflects, in particular, on the local effects of globalisation.

'Total Glokal. Stuttgarter Weltgespräche' is funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the City of Stuttgart.

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