Transporting oral literatures between media, cultures & languages

Hamburg University, Asia-Africa Institute, November 27-28, 2008 Convenor: Prof. dr. Mechthild Reh

Program of the Workshop

International Workshop on "Transporting Oral Literatures between Media, Cultures and languages" Asien-Afrika-Institut, Edmund-Siemers-Allee (Ost) Room 221  

Programme     Friday, 28th, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m:

Business-Meeting (NWO, etc.-Project)


Friday, Nov 28, 2008   14:15                   Welcoming addresses  
14:30                   Daniela Merolla (University of Leiden, The Netherlands) "Migration of oral genres: from mouth to ... websites"  
15:15                   Abdalla Uba Adamu (University of Kano, Nigeria) "Media technologies and literary transformations in Hausa oral literature"  
16:15                   Coffee break  
16:30                   Jan Jansen (University of Leiden, the Netherlands) “Reflections on ethics and self-censorship produced by my first ever video recording in Kela (Mali)  
17:30                   Arinpe Adejumo (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) "Technologizing oral texts: Archiving Yoruba oral literatures through new technological media"  
Saturday, Nov 29, 2008  
9:30                    Roland Kießling (University of Hamburg, Germany) "Migrating Taa (Southern Khoisan) oral literature to the E-media: first steps"  
10:15                   Abdalla Uba Adamu (University of Kano, Nigeria)  "Eastward Ho!: Cultural proximity and eastern focus in the Hausa literature"  
11:15                   Coffee break  
11:30                  Mechthild Reh, Luisa Natiwi, Sophie Haarhaus & Raymond Yamamoto (University of Hamburg, Germany) "Documenting Karamojong oral culture in Hamburg: Combining and contrasting media and perspectives"  
12:15                   General discussion  
13:00                   Lunch break  
14:30                   Business Meeting (2nd part)    

Further international participants: - Muaadh Salih (London) - Felix Ameka (Leiden) - Giorgio Banti (Neapel) - Nina Pawlak (Warschau) - Evelyn Fogwe (Buea/Hamburg) - Pius N. Tamanji (Yaoundé/Hamburg) - Dr. Kamal Naït-Zerrad (Inalco, Paris) - Dr. Brigitte Rasoloniaina (Inalco, Paris)  
Funded by: University of Hamburg, NWO The Netherlands, University of Naples, SOAS London & Inalco Paris within the project “African Oral Literatures, New Media and technology: Changelles for research and Documentation”   
   

Report of the Workshop

The workshop was attended by over fifty people and excelled in efficiency of organization. The workshop included eight contributions: DanielaMerolla (Leiden University, The Netherlands) "Migration of oral genres: from mouth to ... websites"; Abdalla Uba Adamu (University of Kano, Nigeria) "Media technologies and literary transformations in Hausa  oral literature"; Jan Jansen (Leiden University, The Netherlands) “Reflections on ethics and self-censorship produced by my first ever video recording in Kela (Mali).”; Arinpe Adejumo (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) "Technologizing oral texts: Archiving Yoruba oral literatures through new technological media"; Roland Kießling (University of Hamburg, Germany) "Migrating Taa (Southern Khoisan) oral literature to the E-media: first steps"; Abdalla Uba Adamu (University of Kano, Nigeria) "Eastward Ho!: Cultural proximity and eastern focus in the Hausa literature"; Mechthild Reh, Luisa Natiwi, Sophie Haarhaus & Raymond Yamamoto (University of Hamburg, Germany) Documenting Karamojong oral culture in Hamburg: Combining and contrasting media and perspectives". Other international participants were: Muaadh Salih ( London); Felix Ameka (Leiden); Giorgio Banti (Naples); Nina Pawlak (Warsaw); Evelyn Fogwe (Buea); Pius N. Tamanji (Yaoundé), Kamal Naït-Zerrad (Paris), Brigitte Rasoloniaina (Paris). Contributions were experienced as very inspiring, given the discussions produced by the presentations. In most of the contributions, the speakers developed arguments that could also be highly productive in the planned 2009 conference on the social life of recordings. In particular, as mentioned before, the recording of Luisa Natiwi speaking with Metchthild Reh on Karamojong oral genres and performing songs and storytelling was refreshing as documentation style and helped the presents to raise questions as to research methodology, aims and ethics of media research and documentation of oral genres (see next conference in Leiden).

Report of the Network Meeting

International project: African Oral Literatures, New Media and Technologies: Challenges for Research and Communication

Next Appointments
Additional workshop at the INALCO (Paris), April 2-3-4 2009
Final conference: mid-December 2009 in Leiden

Network Website News: because of the 'migration' of Leiden websites to a new system, the old website (www.africanliteratures.leidenuniv.nl) is now 'frozen'. We hope that the new site (www.hum.leiden.edu/research/africanliteratures/) will be activated in a short time.

1 - The current status of the individual subprojects
Several contributors work steadily on their individual contribution, and each of them still plans to publish it in the Verba Africana series. Technical support to adapt the individual contribution to the (highly flexible ) Verba Africana formats will be financed partially from the NWO (Netherlands Council for Scientific Research) money. Banti and Giannattasio ( Naples) work on two projects that will be in a final stage at the end of 2009 when they will be presented at the Leiden conference. Idem for projects by Mous (Leiden), Merolla/Ameka (Leiden), Reh (Hamburg), and Gelaye (Hamburg). Jansen (Leiden) has received a contribution by Dumestre (INALCO) and expects to have a ‘final draft’ of his project at the end of 2009. He will work with Synchrotext I.

INALCO will organize on April 2-3-4 and additional workshop to better define and discuss the INALCO contributions. This is also the occasion to make the point of ‘the state of art’ of the projects from Naples, Leiden and Hamburg. Muaadh Salih will give the group the last news about SOAS contribution.

2 - The conference at the end of 2009
After a stimulating discussion it is decided that the conference theme will be on Multimedia Research and Documentation of Oral Genres in Africa: the step forward. (provisional title)

 
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