Performing Community: Networked Poetics and the Malawian Public Sphere

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 • 4:00 pm
  • Seigle Hall, Room L004, Harry and Susan Seigle Hall

Throughout southeastern Africa, poetry has historically been used to demarcate communities and claim political power. In the 21st century, poets have turned to social media to publish their works and develop networks. These platforms are reshaping all public communication: hospitals in Malawi use WhatsApp to ease communication difficulties; politicians in Zimbabwe campaign on Twitter; activists in South Africa use Facebook to plan protests. In each case, the networked public sphere inaugurated through digital communication expands the geographic bounds of national discourse and creates heightened interactivity between producer and consumer.

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