History, Literature & Culture

History, Literature & Culture (8)

Papers preferred under this subtheme would be those discussing research outputs innovations or transformative actions on the following broad areas: Archive, History and Memory; Culture and History; Literature and History; History, Culture and Identity; The National History and Subalternity; Future of History; Interpreting the Past; Language and Literature; Language, Identity and Culture; Literature and Gender; Diasporic Literature; Literature and other Arts; Literature and Race; Nationalism and Transnationalism; Trans-culturalism; Models of National Integration; Translation Studies; Language and Media; Language and New Media; Orality, Tradition and memory; Narrative and Identity; Archival Policy; Reading the Colonial Archive; Travel Literature and Pluralism; Migration Politics and Pluralism; The Sacred and the Religious; Continuities and Discontinuities of Cultural Practices; Consumer Culture and Humanity.

The current global pandemic has not only changed the lives of people globally but also caused language change. Seemingly, there is a parallel language contagion to the pandemic given that some dictionaries have already made unscheduled updates in response to coronavirus-related vocabulary. Since previous research has reported pandemics and epidemics to have given rise to certain neologisms, the study aimed at exploring neologisms related to COVID-19 using data from digital platforms in Kenya.

Fasihi imepitia mabadiliko kadha katika makuzi yake.  Kuanzia fasihi simulizi [hadithi, semi, maigizo, ushairi simulizi, mazungumzo nangomezi], ikaja fasihi andishi [riwaya, tamthilia, hadithi fupi na ushairi andishi] na kasha fasihi ya watoto na vijana inayohusisha michoro.

Northern Nigeria has a long history of been the center of Islamic revivalism since the establishment of the Sokoto Caliphate (1804-1808). The misconception and deception of some of the Muslim religious organizations in the name of Islam have today became a theater of religious conservatism. 

In Ghana, the role of taboo in solving contemporary environmental issues is an ongoing debate with some people taking the conservationist stance while others reckon that traditional beliefs and practices play a significant and positive role in ensuring that the environment is in good shape for future generations. In the Cape Coast Metropolis, taboos are part of the daily activities of its indigenes.

Payment of Dowry as a condition for legitimization of marriage is a common practice in many societies and is central to the ways in which the institution of marriage is understood and inserted in diverse African traditions.  In most African societies, it is taken for granted that the groom has a responsibility to pay, usually livestock, to the bridal family in return for her hand in marriage. 

This study establishes how female characters in Nawaal El Saadawi’s God Dies by the Nile (2007), Mariama Ba’s Scarlet Song(1986), Assia Djebar’s Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade (1993) and Bake Robert Tumuhaise’s Tears of my Mother (2013) use non-aggressive types of power to negotiate relevance. 

For more than three decades, studies on patriarchal domination of women have quelled the oppressive masculinity. There is a shift of prototype, where some Muslim women scholars of Islam in Northern Nigeria are now changing the narratives of confinement to public discourse of their feminine roles in peace building and security. Some of these Muslim women combine both Islamic and western (formal) education in their peace building and security activities.

Space, agency and voice are important in history and literature and provide some of the best representations of culture. In this article, I seek to demonstrate that History and Literature have been bedfellows as disciplines and often complement each other in representation of facts and fiction. They are often used as ardent vehicles and vessels of presenting and preserving culture. The works of Chinua Achebe have been used to teach the history of the Igbo people of Nigeria.