1. "Obinkaram Echewa's I Saw the Sky Catch Fire: Politicization of the Female Body and Theories of Agency,"
Naminata Diabate, Cornell Univ.
2. "Who Are the People? Restricting Polyphonic Narratives of State in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) and Aminatta Forna's The Memory of Love,"
Maya Ganapathy, Washington Univ. in St. Louis
3. "Globalism/Localism, State, and (Trans)National Identities in the Literature of Equatorial Guinea,"
Clément Akassi, Howard Univ.
4. "Accessing the State of Things: Failure and Nuruddin Farah's Fiction,"
Amanda Waugh, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst