Hilary Kowino

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Professional Title
Associate Professor, English Graduate Faculty

Dr. Hilary Chala Kowino earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, and joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth in the fall of 2008. The core of his work challenges the assumptions of conventional belonging by not only exposing a plurality of allegiances and identities that complicate the idea of home, but also oppressed socio-economic conditions and alien feelings that keep subjects out of place. To that end, his work explores the condition of the other, the homeless, the dispossessed, the cosmopolitan, the transnational, the nomad, the alienated citizen, the outcast, the stranger, the vagabond, the slum dweller, the (im)migrant, the human garbage, the displaced, and the traumatized. He uses transnational identities to trace the limits of the nation, involuntary movement to contest the celebration of travel, oppressed citizens to demonstrate the gaps of citizenship, multiple/informal memberships to propose simultaneous citizenship, and global poverty to question the notion that we have all become citizens of the world -- but moves beyond those interventions to imagine a new way of being in the planet, a new conception of cosmopolitanism, a new practice of world citizenship. He is currently working on a book project entitled The Interface between Home and Belonging in African Literature.

Teaching and Research Interests

African literature, African Diaspora literature, Postcolonial literature, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and Critical Theories of Race, Place, Space, Border, Citizenship, and Cosmopolitanism. 

Courses Taught

ENGL 1582: Introduction to World Literature
ENGL 1583: Introductory Study of Major Topics in Contemporary African Literature
ENGL 3573: Survey of African American Literature [with Dr. Rochelle Zuck]
ENGL 3574: Reconstituting the Past in African Diaspora Literature
ENGL 3906: Methods of Literary Study
ENGL 5586: Mapping Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 5595: Border Questions in African Literature
AAAS 1103: Introductoin to Africa
AAAS 1104: Introduction to Black Africa
AAAS 3306: Cities in Africa

Recent Publications

“From Victims to Agents: Rethinking Motherhood and Feminism” JALA. Volume 8. No 1. Spring 2014. 

“In search of the divide between the local and the global.” JALA. Volume 7, Number 2. Spring 2013.

“A Copy of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart in My Casket.” Chinua Achebe: A Tribute 1930-2013, ed. Anthonia C. Kalu, Ernest N. Emenyonu, and Simon K. Lewis. Geneva, NY: African Literature Association, 2013. 

“Border Questions in African Diaspora Literature.” Africans in Global Migration, ed. John A. Arthur, Joseph Takougang, and Thomas Owusu. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2012.

“Locating Home in the Postcolonial Moment.” JALA. Volume 6, Number 1. Fall 2011.