Keynote Speakers

Lindsey Collen was born in 1948 in Mqanduli near Umtata, Transkei, South Africa. She settled in Mauritius in 1974 and has lived there ever since. In 1976 she founded the adult literacy association  Ledikasyon pu Travayer and is also one of the founding members of Lalit -  meaning “struggle” in Kreol – a political party that has remained in the front line of political activism, especially those causes that directly affect working people. Collen is the leading English language writer in Mauritius and is the author of the following novels:

There is a Tide, Port Louis: Ledikasyon Pu Travayer, 1990.
The Rape of Sita London: Bloomsbury, 1993.
Misyon GarsonPort Louis: Ledikasyon Pu Travayer, 1996. (in Kreol)
Getting Rid of It London: Granta Books, 1997.
Mutiny,  London: Bloomsbury, 2002.
Boy, London: Bloomsbury, 2005.
The Malaria Man and Her Neighbours Port Louis: Ledikasyon Pu Travayer, 2010.



Flora Veit-Wild, Professor for African Literatures and Cultures at Humboldt University in Berlin was born in 1947. She lived in Zimbabwe from 1983 to 1993 where she  witnessed the development of the nation’s cultural and literary life.  She is an authority on Zimbabwean literature and especially the work of the late Dambudzo Marechera. She has promoted African women’s writing, has organized numerous conferences on African literature and played an instrumental role in the formal recognition of African literatures and cultures at various German universities.

Among her scholarly works are:

Teachers, Preachers, Non-Believers, London: Hans Zell Publishers, 1992.
Dambudzo Marechera: A Source Book on his Life and Work, London: Hans Zell, 1992.
Body, Sexuality, and Gender. Versions and Subversions in African Literatures 1 (with Dirk Naguschewski), Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2005.
Interfaces Between the Written and the Oral: Interfaces entre l'écrit et l'oral. Versions and Subversions in African Literatures 2 (with Alain Ricard), Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2005.
Writing Madness: Borderlines of the Body in African Literature. Oxford: James Currey Publishers, 2006.
Conventions & Conversions : Generic Innovations in African Literatures / 
Innovations génériques dans les littératures africaines
  (with Susanne Gehrmann), Trier: WVT, 2012.