Workshops and conference panels


18th Triennial Conference of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS)
University of Auckland, New Zealand.

15 – 19 July 2019

Panel on “Fictions of Development”

Convenors: Martina Kopf (University of Vienna), Veronica Barnsley (University of Sheffield)

Participants and papers:

  • Veronica Barnsley (University of Sheffield) “Midwifery and development in Ghanaian women’s writing”
  • Esther Mbithi (Kenyatta University, Nairobi) “Encountering development in postcolonial fiction: a reading of Blossoms of the Savannah
  • Martina Kopf (University of Vienna) “African literature and (post-)development thought”
  • Sneharika Roy (The American University of Paris) “Marx, subaltern studies and Amitav Ghosh: the enterprising subaltern in Amitav Ghosh’s economic sagas"


Workshop: Encountering development in postcolonial fiction

17 – 18 May 2018

In collaboration with: Department of African Studies and Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna

As part of the project, I convened an interdisciplinary workshop on “Encountering development in postcolonial fiction” jointly with Univ. Prof. Dr. Margarete Grandner and Univ. Prof. Dr. Petra Dannecker from the Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna.

The workshop assembled scholars from African Studies, Political Science, English Studies, History and Development Studies from Africa and Europe on the grounds of a shared interest into crossing conventional boundaries between literary studies and social sciences.

Read the detailed program here.