About The Event
The 6th Mashariki (Eastern African) Literary and Cultural Studies Conference comes in the wake of five previous conferences. The inaugural one was held at the University of Nairobi in September 2013, followed by Makerere University in August 2015, the University of Dar es Salaam in August 2017, Bahir Dar University in August, 2019 and most recently at Moi University in September, 2021. The conference series is a drive to motivate dialogue between the region’s scholars and stakeholders across the continent and beyond who are interested in the greater Eastern African region.
Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facilities Auditorium, Kampala, Uganda
Thursday to Saturday
August 24-26, 2023
Here are some of our speakers
Here is our event schedule
We have a full packed 3-day event with keynote speakers, panel presentations and individual scholarly presentations from people across the world.
Downloadable Programme PDF - [2.8MB]
Uganda, East Africa, Makerere
Chair, Scientific Committee, and Mashariki Board member: Dr Susan Kiguli .
Chair, Mashariki Board: Prof Grace A Musila.
Head, Department of Literature, and Incoming Mashariki Board Chair: Dr Edgar Nabutanyi.
Dean, School of Languages, Literature and Communication: Dr Saudah Namyalo.
The Principal, CHUSS: Prof Josephine Ahikire.
Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor, Makerere University.
Guest of Honour, Mr Aggrey David Kibenge, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.
Keynote I: Prof Charles Okumu
The Life and Times of Okot p'Bitek: Structured Biography and Excursions into his Creative Writings Chair: Prof Dominica Dipio.
Walk-about & Tea Break
Day 1 Breakout Sessions 1
Day 1 Breakout Sessions 2
Screening: Omulanga gwa Lawino Documentary Film
Producer: Prof Ernest Okello Ogwang | Associate Producer: Jacob Katumusiime | Director: Kizito Samuel Saviour
Day 2 Breakout Sessions 3
Keynote II: Prof Imani Sanga
Sonification of Decolonial Acts in Selected Swahili Novels by Adam Shafi: Vuta N’Kuvute and Kasri ya Mwinyi Fuad Chair: Prof Peter Simatei.
Day 2 Breakout Sessions 4
Day 2 Breakout Sessions 5-7
Day 3 Breakout Sessions 8
Keynote III: Prof Annie Gagiano
Valuing East African Anglophone Literature: Aesthetic Range and Narrative Powers Chair: Dr Edgar Nabutanyi.
Day 3 Breakout Sessions 9
From Serial Text to Novella to Novel: The Journey of Goretti Kyomuhendo’s Whispers from Vera Chair: Susan Kiguli/ Isaac Tibasiima.
Co-Convenor of 6th Mashariki: Dr Edgar Nabutanyi
Deputy Principal, Prof Eric Awich Ochen
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof Umar Kakumba
Guest of Honor and Official Closing: Founding Member, Afrigo Band: Mr Moses Matovu
Uganda, East Africa, Makerere
Event venue location info and gallery
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
The conference will be hosted at the Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium. Named after former president of Uganda, H.E Yusuf Kironde Lule who was the Principal of Makerere University College from 1964 to 1970.
Her are some nearby hotels
0.3 KM from the Venue
2.5 KM from the Venue
3.1 KM from the Venue
2.1 KM from the Venue
We request that you choose a hotel for accommodation and let us know which hotel you would like to be booked into. Please send hotel choice to Dr Eve Nabulya on email@example.com or cellphone +256782401889
Useful contacts in Uganda
Name Role Telephone Email Address Isaac Kiiza Tibasiima Conference Secretariat +256752837191 firstname.lastname@example.org Edgar Nabutanyi Head of Department +256772971204 email@example.com
Airport Transfers in Uganda
The conference is being held in Makerere University, located in the city of Kampala. The nearest airport is Entebbe International Airport. You may use either Uber or a taxi from Entebbe International Airport to your hotel in Kampala. You may also arrange your airport transfer with our designated contact person, Mr Lubega Muzafulu (Cellphone +256701688133/ +256772688133). Delegates are responsible for their airport transfer costs.
Registration will take place on arrival in Makerere University
The conference registration fee is USD 100 for international academics and USD 50 for international students or its equivalent in Ugandan Shillings payable at the registration desk. East African academics will pay USD 50 while East African students will pay USD 30. By East Africa we mean Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Somalia, and Ethiopia. The registration fee covers teas/coffees, refreshments, lunch, a conference pack and the use of equipment at respective venues. Card facilities are not available – all registration fees are payable in cash only.
All those entering through Entebbe International Airport must present a valid visa to Uganda. Please plan to have your visa application approved before you begin your travel to Uganda.
You can apply for the online visa at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/#/apply
The list for visa exempt countries is available at https://immigration.go.ug/services/visa-exemptcountries
If your visa is not approved within 7 working days, please send a text to Dr Isaac Tibasiima on cellphone +256726259433 for assistance.
Forex Bureaus, foreign currency and ATMS
There are forex bureaus at Entebbe Airport. Please change your money, in case you are arriving late, atEntebbe. There are also forex facilities in the outskirts of Makerere University. Please let the organisers know if you need help in this regard.
Makerere University has a number of ATMs which accept Visa and Mastercard. Additionally, there are anumber of banks operating on the UNiversity campus that offer competitive forex rates.
The conference registration fees include lunches, tea and snacks. Please inform Dr Eve Nabulya on firstname.lastname@example.org about any dietary requirements.
You will need to be inoculated against yellow fever. Colleagues travelling from South Africa, please note that you will not be permitted back into the country without proof of yellow fever inoculation. This can be attained at your GP’s before travel.
East Africa is a malaria-prone region. Delegates should consult their GPs for recommendations on antimalarial drugs or other protective measures. There will be a fully equipped first aid health station for conference visitors. These services will be provided by Makerere University Health Services.
The Conference has been held under strict conditions that we follow COvid-19 Standard Operation Procedures. This requires sanitisation, distanced seating, and wearing of masks. Before travel, please follow Covid-19 guidelines for Entebbe Airport and all entry ports to Uganda. Information can be found at https://caa.go.ug/combating-covid-19-pandemic/
Please note that this information keeps changing. Keep checking this website for any change before you travel.
Special Needs Access
For the physically challenged, Makerere University is a safe space. The Conference is held in a friendly environment for physically challenged people. Please let us know if you need special assistance so that we can organise helpers in Makerere.
August in Uganda is generally warm.
We recommend that you drink bottled water. Bottled water can be bought in most shops.
At the University, you will be provided with WiFi access to the Makerere University network. For those who are on Eduroam, you should be able to access internet without a problem. Please let us know if you experience challenges in this regard. Most hotels also provide access to WiFi.