Narrating (Hi)stories. Storytelling in/about West-Africa

Narrating (Hi)stories. Storytelling in/about West-Africa

Prof. Dr. Bea Lundt, Institute of History, University Flensburg, Germany/University of Education, Winneba, Ghana; Prof. Dr. Ulrich Marzolph, “Enzyklopädie des Märchens”, Academy of Sciences, Göttingen, Germany/International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR); Robert Sobotta, Director, Goethe-Institute Accra, Ghana
Goethe-Institut Accra
Vom - Bis
18.10.2012 - 20.10.2012
Prof. Dr. Bea Lundt, Institut für Geschichte und ihre Didaktik, Universität Flensburg

In the year 2012, the world celebrates the bicentenary of the German Children’s and Household Tales, whose first volume was published in 1812 by the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Besides inspiring numerous similar collections in other European countries, the highly influential collection has given rise to the discipline of historical and comparative folk narrative research, a discipline that at present enjoys a truly worldwide appreciation.

In Africa, oral tradition is still very much alive today. In West-Africa, traditions originating from the old African kingdoms have mingled with those imported from the Arab world and Europe. It is a particular characteristic of African tradition that storytelling and history are closely related to each other. By relating history, African storytelling also contributes decisively to the construction and appreciation of modernity, since both storytelling and history are rooted in ancient tradition as well as constituting part of modern reality.

The participants of the conference Narrating (Hi)stories: Storytelling in/about West-Africa will assess this particular situation from various angles. Presenting their research, discussing current research topics and reflecting new perspectives on narratives in and about West-Africa, scholars from different disciplines will relate their work to aspects ranging from a discussion of the different genres of West-African narrative tradition and West-African narrative tradition in the international context via the role of storytelling for assessing local history to Storytelling as a means of preserving tradition and adapting it to modernity.



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Prof. Dr. Bea Lundt/Prof. Dr. Ulrich Marzolph/Robert Sobotta:

Panel 1: Narrative Traditions in West-Africa between Oral Performance and Research

Prof. Dr. Esi Sutherland, African Studies, University of Ghana, Accra
The Saga of an Archive of Story Telling

Adeline Ama Buabeng, Storyteller, Accra, Ghana (and five members of her group):
Presentation of “Kodzi”, the Dying Story-Telling Art of the Fante

Panel 2: The Role of Storytelling in West-African Contexts. Part 1: Storytelling in Ghana

Mercy Adzo Klugah, Department of Languages and Linguistics, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Migration Narrative of the Ho-Asogli State: The Role of Storytelling in Assessing Local History

Dr. Mabel Mliwomor Komasi, Department of English Studies, Methodist University College Accra, Ghana
Narrating as a Means of Preserving Tradition and Adapting it to Modernity

Reception by the German Embassy
with Thomas Wimmer, Chargé d'affaires, German Embassy Accra

Evening Presentation with Narrations, Film and Music

Johannes Preuss, Filmmaker, GIZ Media Production Advisor, Berlin/Accra
Project about Ananse-Stories

Friday, October 19, 2012

Dr. Mawuli Adjei, Department of English, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, and Sela Adjei, College of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana
Still Animation: An Alternative Means of Disseminating Ananse Stories in Ghanaian Indigenious Societies

Rev. Dr. Elias Kwaku Asiama, Lecturer, School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
Story- Telling: A Paedagogical Instrument

Panel 3: The Role of Story-Telling in West-African Contexts. Part 2:
Various West-African Countries

Patricia Enimien Ofili, Department of English, University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria
Esan Folktales as Expression of Art and History: a Stylistic Study

Henry Kam Kah, Department of History, University of Buea, Cameroon
Ikuum and History Preserved: Story of a Regulatory Society Retold in Modern Times

Panel 4: Genres of West-African Narrative Traditions

Dr. Sinseingnon G. Sagbo, Department of German, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
Ethnic Genres and Analytic Categories of Oral Tradition in Benin

Dr. Augustine Uzoma Nwagbara, Department of English, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Telling Poetry, Narrating Songs: Textual Orality in the Poetry of Kofi Anyidoho and Niyi Osundare

Alhaji Suleimana, Traditional Drummer and District School Advisor, Yendi, Ghana
Oral Traditions in Ghana

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Panel 5: West-African Narrative Traditions in an International Context

PD Dr. Dr. Ulrich van der Heyden, Kolonialgeschichte, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
Jan Conny: ein Märchen oder ein memoriertes Kapitel preußischer Kolonialgeschichte in Westafrika?

Lena Siemers, M. A., Ethnology, Munich, Germany
Mami Wata Tales in West Africa and in the International Context

Dr. Dotsé Yigbe, Germanistisches Institut, Université de Lomé/Goethe-Institut Lomé, Togo
Die Wahrnehmung der afrikanischen Ewe-Märchen durch die deutschen evangelischen Missionare

Dr. Florian Carl, Department of Music, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and John Wesley Dankwah, M. Phil., Ethnomusicology, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Hiplife Music and Rap in Ghana as Narrative and Musical Genre

Panel 6: West-African Narrative Tradition in the Postmodern World

Dr. Simon Kofi Appiah, Department of Religion and Human Values, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Continuity and Discontinuity in Traditional African Narrative Ethics: Can a Crisis of Traditional African Morality be Due to a Crisis of Narrative?

Meshack Asare, Author and Illustrator of Books for Children and Young Adults, Ghana and Germany
As Old Janus Saw

Summary by Prof. Bea Lundt/Prof. Ulrich Marzolph/Robert Sobotta


Bea Lundt

Institut für Geschichte und ihre Didaktik, Universität Flensburg, Auf dem Campus 1, D- 24943 Flensburg
zur Zeit: University of Education Winneba/Ghana
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