Call for papers - The 2010 Football World Cup Making the News
Call for Papers Deadline:
CALL FOR PAPERS - SPECIAL ISSUE OF ECQUID NOVI: AFRICAN JOURNALISM STUDIES
VOL 31:2, 2010: THE 2010 FOOTBALL WORLD CUP MAKING THE NEWS
GUEST EDITOR: SEAN JACOBS ( GRADUATE PROGRAM IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, THE NEW SCHOOL, NEW YORK)
Article submissions are invited for a special issue of Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies on the theme of “The 2010 Football World Cup Tournament and Journalism”.
On May 15, 2004 the governing body of international football, FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), awarded the 2010 edition of the World Cup to South Africa. Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratic president spoke for a lot of his compatriots and millions on the continent when he exclaimed: “I feel like a 15 year old.” Mandela’s enthusiasm reflected the historical significance of the decision. This will be the first time the World Cup is set on the African continent. Africa has historically been shunned by world football—viewed mainly as a cheap source of talent for Europe’s football leagues. Expectations are therefore high for what will be Africa’s first World Cup tournament.
For many people, including Africans, this event will be experienced as a global and national news event. News coverage of the tournament has thus far focused largely on South Africa’s ability to mount such a competition, often reflecting journalistic assumptions of Africa and South Africa. Increasingly news media also shape the popular discourses about football, whether about the relation between nationalism and football (which most media actively promote), consumption (football is now a billion dollar business), as well as leisure (in many societies football is a cheap form of relaxation and socialization).
Journalism about football in South Africa is also about ‘race’-making. In South Africa, football is often classed as a ‘black sport’—a legacy of early 20TH century attempts to racially police sports: football for blacks and rugby and cricket for whites. Newspapers and television in South Africa actively promote these divisions. But increasingly media also celebrate black sports heroes. What effect has sports journalism had on the perception of football among whites? What role do media play in changing perceptions of football?
For this issue of Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies we are looking for papers that explore the relation between football and journalism in Africa. Topics include, but is not limited to:
· Coverage of the 2010 World Cup in news reports, documentary films, trade magazines (i.e. football magazines), radio, narrative non-fiction and the internet (blogs and social networks) – how are the tournament and the host country represented?
· Cultural politics and football coverage. How does the broadcasting of football matches and news reportage of these matches play into language politics, racism and the negotiation of cultural identities?
· The history of journalism about football, not just in South Africa, but also in the rest of the continent (for example, the role of the various regional editions of Drum magazine, or exploring the role and influence of the few journalists like Mark Gleeson (in Cape Town), Filippo Maria Ricci (in London) and Frank Simon (in Paris) who have come to define how we understand and read African football).
· Reporting and analyses of the World Cup is not only the preserve of sportswriters. Increasingly football is the focus of business and political reporters. What news discourses have emerged in these areas?
Send all submissions to Sean Jacobs (New School), tintinyana [at] gmail [dot] com
Deadline for abstracts: November 30, 2009
Deadline for full papers: March 31, 2010
Please see submission guidelines at http://ajs.uwpress.org
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