Cajetan Iheka (University of Alabama) “Imperfect Media: Niger Delta, Oil, and the Trauma of the Future” (Yale English Department)

January 22, 2019

Cajetan Iheka’s research and teaching focus on African and Caribbean literatures and film, postcolonial studies, ecocriticism, ecomedia, and world literature. He is the author of Naturalizing Africa: Ecological Violence, Agency, and Postcolonial Resistance in African Literature (CUP 2018), and co-editor of African Migration Narratives (Rochester UP 2018). He is currently working on two projects, namely a monograph that examines ecomedia in Africa, more specifically, the articulations of the continent’s ecological issues in photography, film, and other artistic media. His other project is the MLA volume, Teaching Postcolonial Environmental Literature and Media.

Cajetan also serves as associate editor for African Studies Review, the journal of the African Studies Association. He directs the UA in South Africa “Resistance and Freedom” study abroad program. Professor Iheka is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including the Carnegie Africa Diaspora Fellowship and an Andrew Mellon Fellowship from the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin.