CALL FOR PAPERS
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 1, 2011: ‘WRITING AFRICA’
UCT’s Centre for African Studies and its interdisciplinary postgraduate, peer-reviewed journal, postamble invite you to submit papers, photographic essays and book reviews that deal with what it means to ‘write’ about or from Africa.
The theme can be interpreted in a number of ways. As a guide: we are looking for submissions that engage with the following types of questions:
→What does it mean to write about Africa?
→How does one come to terms with textual representation in, from or of the continent?
→What role does writing play in creating and or reflecting African culture and society?
→How do those looking onto Africa evoke the continent through texts– whether creative or scholastic?
→How do African authors or critics inscribe local idioms onto the page?
→What role does the African writer play within his or her social and cultural field?
→How has the act of writing from Africa changed from colonial or apartheid times to the post-colonial and the post-apartheid?
→How does the African Diaspora express itself through writing?
→Is it still necessary for Africa to write back to History or Empire?
We are interested in high quality, original submissions, from a range of disciplines. While we look forward to submissions that deal with some of the archetypal debates around textuality and writing in or of Africa, we are also hoping for submissions that take a more nuanced approach.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 30 May 2011
Long papers should be between 5000 and 8000 words and short submissions– 1500-3000 words; photographic essays –10 to 15 photographs, 1000-1200 words.
Emailed submission should be addressed to The Managing Editor, and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You can also submit on our website: www.postamble.org
Please ensure all submissions contain a short abstract (200 words), biography (50 words), with relevant contact details.
If you would like to submit a photographic essay, please ensure that your work marries both text and image in fluid ways. And, if you would like to review a book please would you email the Managing Editor by 31st April 2011.
For correct formatting, please see http://postamble.org/Submissions/Guidelines.aspx
The Managing Editor
Centre for African Studies
Harry Oppenheimer Institute Building
University of Cape Town
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