Articles

 “Evan Mawarire’s #ThisFlag as Tactical Lyric: The Role of Digital Speech in Imagining a Networked Zimbabwean Nation.” African Studies Review, 63:3 (September 2020): 23 ms. pp.

“The Poetics of Dictatorship: Song and Sound in H. K. Banda’s ‘Tenth Republic Anniversary Tour.’” Research in African Literatures, 50:2 (2020).

“Slam Poetry in Malawi: Digital Media Aesthetics and Translingual Poetic Forms.” In Digital Technology and Languages in African Communities and Classrooms: Innovations and Opportunities. Ed. Leketi Makelela and Goodith White. Multilingual Matters Press. (Forthcoming, 2019)

Invited Talks

“The Aesthetics of Agency: International Art Festivals and the Limits of the Cosmopolitan Imagination.” Symposium on Global Africa, Literature, Migration, and the Arts, Rutgers University, 28-29 March 2019.

“Performing Community: Networked Poetics and the Malawian Public Sphere,” Department of African & African American Studies, Washington University, 18 September 2018.

“The Performance of Nationhood: Poetry and National Identity Formation in Malawi Under Hastings Banda, 1963-1993.” English Department Seminar, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. 26 August 2015.

“Contemporary Malawian Poetry.” Kistrech Poetry Festival, Kisii University, Kisii Kenya. 3-10 August 2015.

Conference Presentations

“The Places of Protest: Theatric and Digital Representations of South Africa’s Fallist Movement.” Modern Language Association, 9-12 January 2020.

“Decolonizing the Canon: Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement and the Transformation of South African Poetry Institutions.” European Council on African Studies Annual Meeting. 12-14 June 2019.

“The Promise of a Pan-African Poetics: The Spoken Word Project, IGO Poetry Prizes, and the Establishment of Digital African Poetry Networks.” African Literature Association Annual Conference. 15-18 May 2019.

“Social Media Canons: The Digitization of Literary Prestige in South Africa and Koleka Putuma’s Collective Amnesia.” African Literature Association Annual Conference. 15-18 May 2019.

“Posting Poetry, Publishing Protest: Social Media Publications and Poetic Activism in Zimbabwe.” Modern Language Association, 3-6 January 2019.

“Poetry’s Interfaces: Tracing Digital Logics in Malawian Performance Poetry.” African Literature Association Annual Conference. 23-26 May 2018.

“Poetry in Action: Evan Mawarire’s ‘This Flag,’ Networked Protest, and the Hashtag as Collective Poetry.” African Studies Association Annual Meeting. 16-18 November 2017.

“Digital Voices: Negotiation Global Forms and Local Identity in Cape Town Performance Poetry.” African Literature Association Annual Conference. 14-17 June 2017.

“The Migrant and the Refugee: Contrasting Images of Movement in Zimbabwean Poetry from South Africa.” African Literature Association Annual Conference, 14-17 June 2017.

“WhatsApp Poetics: The Structure and Style of Chichewa Poetry Groups on WhatsApp.” British Association for Applies Linguistics Seminar Series. 28-30 April 2017.

“Slam Africa: Language and Politics in the International Poetry Slam.” Northwestern University African Studies Graduate Student Conference, 14-17 April 2017.

Zonse Zimene za Kamuzu: Genre, Performance, and the Construction of a Malawian National Identity Under H. Kamuzu Banda.” Boston University African Studies Graduate Student Conference, 25-26 March 2016.

Intramural Talks

“Viral Verses: Poetic Movements and Social Media in Southeastern Africa.” Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Franke Futures Forum, 20 April 2018.

“Poetry in Action: Evan Mawarire’s ‘This Flag,’ Networked Protest, and the Hashtag as Collective Poetry.” English Department Graduate Student Colloquium, 15 November 2017.

“Page and Stage in the Digital Age: Tracing Poetic Circulations in Southeastern Africa.” Africa Seminar, 16 February 2017.

“Locating the Performative in Print Nationalist Texts.” English Department Graduate Student Colloquium, 17 February 2016.