Prof. Pius Adesanmi
THE NEXT BIG THING. IDENTIFYING AFRICA'S UNTAPPED POTENTIAL
Prof. Pius Adesanmi is a professor of literature and African studies at Carleton University, Canada. He is a prodigious public affairs commentator whose “You are not a Country, Africa” won the Penguin Prize for African Writing.
Pius has a very eclectic research and writing scope, ranging from recent trends in theoretical approaches to African and postcolonial literatures to new political and cultural life-worlds in Africa and the Black Diaspora. His scholarship overlaps with an active career as an African public intellectual interested in a broad range of issues such as the role of culture in shaping citizenship, subjectivity, human rights, identity, and the environment in ex-colonial societies affected globalization and fragile modern statehood.
Lately, he has been reflecting, studying, and writing about the social media revolution in Africa and the postcolonial world. He has been exploring how social media affects the materiality of literature and culture, how it affects our understanding of the (literary) text, and inflects old categories of postcolonial knowledge and cultures. With the blogosphere now a universe of interactions, allowing postcolonial literati and culturati to produce new forms of texts and meaning irrespective of location, when/where is home? When/where is diaspora?
He presented"Iyalaya Anybody: Pencils, Nigerian Innovation, & Africa’s Path in the 21st Century" at the 2016 Innovention Series