11-2-2023 5:00 PM
11-2-2023 6:15 PM
documentary form; diasporic activism; Nigerian diaspora; humanitarianism; crisis
Author/Speaker Biographical Statement(s)
Chichi Ayalogu is a doctoral student in Cultural Mediations at the Institute of Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, Carleton University. Her research analyzes cultural productions within western-situated Nigerian communities that serve to memorialize crisis in Nigeria. She explores diasporic engagement in contradistinction to humanitarian activism which, although mobilized by crisis, calls upon historically racist paradigms between the West and Africa. She is also an instructor in Communications, and the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, at Algonquin College, Ottawa.
Mobilizing Distance in Times of Crisis: The Aesthetics of Diasporic Witnessing as Nigerian Activist Sensibility