Call for Papers:"Under the lens: South Africa and The FIFA Soccer World Cup"
Call for Papers Date:
POSTAMBLE: CALL FOR PAPERS, VOL. 6. No. 2, August 2010
‘Under the Lens: South Africa and the FIFA Soccer World Cup’
UCT’s Centre for African Studies and its postgraduate, peer-reviewed student journal, postamble invite you to submit essays, photographic projects, book reviews, and opinion pieces that critically engage with the socio-political, cultural and economic impacts of the FIFA World Cup Soccer Tournament on South Africa.
The atmosphere around this event in South Africa is fevered, not only owing to the opportunities FIFA and the South African government have promised, but also because this moment signifies a chance for the country and continent to project a positive and powerful public image to the rest of the world. The event has heralded huge developments in urban infrastructure and transport, tourism is expected to surge, sustained attention has been paid to improving the safety of and access to public spaces and investment–both local and foreign¬–is high. Soccer fans, of which there are many, are awaiting the arrival of some of the greatest names in sport; energies have soared in anticipation of an extended period of mid year celebration. There is a feeling of pride here, and South Africans seem to be united in a way unseen these past fifteen years.
However, critics have questioned the real sustainable effects of the event, the development it brings, and have criticised the quick fix clean up strategies of the state and local government. There are hard questions that stir: what will be the real benefits of the FIFA World Cup, and what will happen once it is over? Who will be the real victors here? Will South Africa be able to use this opportunity to shift global perceptions about Africa and African cultures and societies? Or, do we stand the risk of entrenching many of the stereotypes that persist in the global public imagination? Achille Mbembe suggests that,
…if we cannot win on the soccer field and if our victory won't be economic and financial, then we better start thinking hard about changing the very terms of what it means to win at all…Our victory can only be a cultural and moral victory. We will win the 2010 Soccer World Cup if we organize it in such a way that it powerfully contributes to changing the terms of Africa's recognition in the world.
We invite submissions that heed the debates and questions around the 2010 Soccer World Cup tournament. Postamble aims to publish an edition that is lively and polemical. The issue will be released a month after the tournament ends: in August 2010. Submissions may vary in their subject matter and approach and will be assessed on their relevance to the edition's theme. Long papers should be addressed to the Managing Editor, and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by no later than the 10th June 2010. These should be between 5000 and 8000 words. Short Submissions (1500-3000 words) and photographic essays (10 to 15 photographs) should be submitted to the same addresses by the 15th July 2010.
OR submit on our website: www.postamble.org
For correct formatting, please see http://postamble.org/Submissions/Guidelines.aspx.
Please ensure all submissions contain a short abstract (200 words), biography (50 words), with relevant contact details.
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