Seminar by Dr. James Ocita

Event Information
Event Date: 
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 - 2:15pm

Dr. James Ocita, a research Associate at MISR will be giving a seminar on, "The Coast and the Interior as Spatial Metaphors for the Glocalisation of the Indian Ocean World" on Wednesday 25 May 2016 at 2:15 pm.

Papers are available from MISR Library.

The event is open to the Public. Audience attendance is limited to 60 persons. Pre-register with MISR Library.

Bio: James Ocita is a Research Associate in the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) and a Lecturer in the Department of Literature, Makerere University. He is also a Research Associate in the Department of English, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, from where he obtained his PhD. His teaching and research interests include Asian/Indian African diaspora literature, Indian Ocean studies, African and African diaspora and Caribbean literatures, literary theory, migration and postcolonial literatures, contemporary African popular culture and cultural studies,. Dr Ocita serves as the secretary of newly formed African Humanities Consortium (AHC) and leads one of AHC’s flagship project, titled, "Citizenship, Legitimacy and the Politics of Belonging". He has previously held an All Africa House Fellowship, hosted by the Department of English, University of Cape Town. He has just completed an African Humanities Program (AHP) Postdoctoral Fellowship preparing a book monograph based on his doctoral work titled, Diasporic Imaginaries: Memory and Negotiation of Belonging in East African and South African Indian Narratives. Dr. Ocita has recently published articles on post-apartheid Indian South African fiction and a chapter on post-1990 Asian East African narratives will appear in a forthcoming book, Africa/Asia: Networks, Exchanges, Transversalities. Currently, he is working on a research project exploring the coast and the hinterlands of East Africa as spatial metaphors for the glocalisation of the Indian Ocean world.

Event Venue
MISR Seminar Room 1

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