Founded in 2016, the Arts Managers and Literary Activists (AMLA) network brings together founders and members of Africa-centered literary and cultural initiatives to create space for intra-continental collaboration, support new platforms and ideas for the promotion of African literature, and find ways to make academic research useful for literary and cultural production and vice versa. We aim at building a self-reliant and sustainable literary and cultural sphere based on the African continent.
We started with an annual workshop for aspiring literary curators held in Kampala in 2016, and 2017 and an online mentoring programme that in 2018 have become a four months’ fellowship. In 2018, we will hold a sister workshop for early career academics working in the fields of African literary and cultural studies that will feed into a special issue of the academic journal, Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies, scheduled for publication in 2019.
Gaamangwe Joy Mogami – Convener
Gaamangwe Joy Mogami is a writer, filmmaker and interviewer from Gaborone, Botswana. Her poetry has been published in Brittle Paper, Afridiaspora, African Writer, Kalahari Review, Poetry Potion and Expound Magazine. Her interviews have been published in The Review Review, Praxis Magazine, Mosaic Magazine and Peolwane. Gaamangwe Joy Mogami is the Founder and Managing Editor of Africa in Dialogue.
Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire – Convener
Bwesigye co-founded the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), that curates the Pan-African Writivism Literary Initiative and Ubuntu Reading Group. His work has appeared in Chimurenga Chronic, African Arguments, This is Africa and Africa in Words among others. In 2015, he was named a Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Young African Scholar. He holds a Master of Science in Security, Leadership and Society, from King’s College, London and a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University. He studied Human Rights at Central European University and is currently a doctoral student at Cornell University.
Tadiwanashe Madenga – Assistant Producer
Tadiwa is a PhD student in the African and African American Studies department at Harvard University with a primary field in English. She did her Mst in Women’s Studies at the University of Oxford, and she did her BA in Literature and Queer Studies at Sarah Lawrence College.