The Intersection of Literature, Theatre, Culture and Education in contemporary Kenya; a Festschrift for Ezekiel Alembi
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Call for Essays:
Intersections of Literature, Drama, Theatre, Culture and Education in Contemporary Kenya; a Festschrift in Honour of Dr. Ezekiel Alembi.
Edited by Emmanuel T. Shikuku (Free University of Berlin, Germany) Peter L Barasa (Moi University, Kenya), & Patrick S. Khaemba (Min of Education, Kenya)
At the start of the second decade of the 21st century, Kenya lost one of its most versatile sons who was committed to the search and research of the connection between literature and its sister fields; drama, culture, theatre and education. Dr. Ezekiel Alembi (1960-2010) spent his life as a committed practitioner of education; as embodied and revealed through several creative media and folk performances. He died in 2010 at the age of 50 and having written over 50 books in the above fields of knowledge. As Kenya prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary of self-government in 2012, we also seek in retrospect to document its literary achievements by editing a volume of Kenyan literary essays in honour of one of its great literary and education icons. There is indeed a connection between Alembi’s 50 years of life and Kenya’s 50 years of independence and we seek to explore this connection. The period traces and mirrors the development of literary and performance art in Kenya.
We are therefore seeking critical essays for a new edited volume on the intersections of Kenyan literature, theatre, culture and education; fields of knowledge that Alembi himself was heavily committed to. The aim of this celebratory volume is to look back at the past 50 years of Kenyan literary and creative arts; the achievements, failures and challenges in forming and informing the nation. Certainly the role played by Alembi, in whose honour this volume is dedicated, will form a part of the volume. The works under study and the essays will be accepted in Kiswahili, English or any Afrophone language with English or Swahili translations.
Part one of the volume will carry essays on the milestones covered by literary and creative arts as they were and are deployed to the service of education in the past 50 years of Kenya’s independence. The second part will bear essays on Alembi and his contribution in the fields of drama, theatre, culture and literature and how he deployed these fields of knowledge to the service of education.
Contributions are invited on essays that explore any of the following topics/themes/ideas in theatre, culture, literature and education.
- Theatre for education
- Drama for or in education
- Folklore as education
- The Kenya schools and colleges Drama Festival
- Poetry in Kenya
- Literature and education
- Culture and education
- Abanyore Cultural Forum
- Print media and education (newspapers, newsletters and journals)
- Electronic media (Radio, cinema and TV), literature and education in Kenya.
- Drama in Kenya
- Literary journalism in Kenya
- Theatre in Kenya
- Children’s literature
- Literary biography
- Folk theatre
- Kenyan literary renaissance
- Current debates and experiments in Kenyan literature, theatre and culture.
Moreover, we explicitly invite contributions on topics or themes not mentioned above but still fit under the book project title.
We shall also accept contributions on the above mentioned themes but are not Kenyan- based yet they seek to honour Ezekiel Alembi.
NB: Send us a short abstract of 300 words via the email adds below by June 1st, 2011. E.T. Shikuku email@example.com and copy it to L.P. Barasa firstname.lastname@example.org, and P. K. Sirengo email@example.com.
We are targeting to unveil the book during the Madaraka day celebrations on 1st June 2012 which coincides with the Golden jubilee celebrations of Kenya’s self government. Therefore please note the following important dates;
June 1st – June 30th, 2011 Assessment and Selection of Abstracts.
July 1st 2011 Notification of Acceptance.
July 5th - October 5th 2011 Writing and Submission of Articles.
October 5th, - December 5th 2011 Blind Peer Review Process.
January 5, – March 5th, 2012 Revision of Articles in line with Peer Review Reports.
March 6th, 2012 Deadline of Submission of revised articles.
April 5th, 2012 Submission of Complete Book Manuscript to Publishers.
1st June, 2012 Launch of the book
Please also note that the formatting guidelines will be sent on July 1st, 2011 to the authors of the selected abstracts.
For any questions and clarifications please send us an email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org and copied to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Emmanuel Shikuku Tsikhungu
DAAD Research Fellow
Institute of English Philologie
Free University of Berlin
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