The postamble editorial collective is excited to announce its newest Call for Papers.Vol. 4. No. 2, which will focus on the African urban question.
Entitled (Re) reading the African Urban Space, this issue seeks to publish papers, photographic essays, book reviews, and other relevant submissions that critically engage with the socio-political, cultural and economic complexities of the African urban centres. We are interested in work that grapples with how African cities are configured within public and intellectual imaginations – both locally and globally – and the challenges and opportunities available to those living in, working in, or encountering African city spaces. More specifically, we are looking for work that engages with the following types of questions:
Can African cities be seen as dynamic sites of challenge to the contemporary and historical socio-political and economic world order?
What kind of new autonomies are emerging in African urban spaces, despite the often-harsh material conditions?
How can we begin to deconstruct African urban spaces in order to find ways of contesting the predominantly negative typecasting of African landscapes?
What theoretical, cultural, social and analytical tools do African urban spaces provide us with as we attempt to understand an increasingly urbanized world?
Can, in fact, African cities provide us with spaces in which newer, more cosmopolitan notions about urbanism and society can be discovered?
Submissions may vary in their subject matter and approach and will be assessed on their relevance to the edition's theme. For correct formatting, please see http://postamble.org/Submissions/Guidelines.aspx.
Submissions should be addressed to the Managing Editor, and emailed to postamble by no later than the end of June 2008. Submissions should be between 5000 and 8000 words, or 10 to 15 photographs, and contain a short abstract (200 words), biography (50 words), with relevant contact details.
Centre For African Studies
University Of Cape Town
Private Bag, Rondebosch
7701, South Africa
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