postamble is a dynamic multidisciplinary, graduate and early careers journal based in the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town. Peer-reviewed and published bi-annually on-line, postamble serves as a platform for emerging critical thinkers.
Call for Papers
Volume 8, Number 2, 2013: ‘ Developments in African Film, Television and Screen’
The camera lens holds a potent symbolic weight within colonial and postcolonial Africa. With a history of being captured and often exploited on celluloid, the continent is now becoming a dynamic site of local cinematic representation and production. In both form and content, Africa’s television and film industry has boomed to allow for myriad creative, popular and political stories to reach local audiences – whether the context is a television set within the domestic home, a large scale projection at Burkina Faso’s Fespaco Festival, a makeshift movie house in a backyard, or a computer. Nollywood has come to define a new era of mass filmmaking and distribution, giving rise to a whole generation of rapidly produced and consumed movies across the continent. Changing technologies are allowing for more experimentation and access, as well as better quality and delivery in multiple genres of the screen. And, increasing demand for material from both within and without the continent is challenging African writers, producers and directors to develop original and exciting projects, for both local and wider audiences.
Responding to this vital climate, postamble invites you to submit academic papers, film and book reviews, interviews and photographic essays for consideration for the upcoming edition: ‘Developments in African Film, Television and Screen’.
We welcome, but are not limited to, submissions which examine more established genres of the screen – documentary, cinema and television (drama, news broadcasting, music videos, series) –as well more specialised areas like visual anthropology, video/film art and web-based broadcasts and programmes. We are excited to receive work with examines the less visible phenomena of the industry: such as its aesthetics, languages and discourses; intersections between culture and politics in form, method and reception; questions around the image as a commodity; the relationships between production/’text’/audience; the tensions between contemporary and historical screen representations and narratives of Africa, and so on. We are also interested in submissions which interrogate the more practical roles and functions within or of the industry – a few examples: local screening and audience practices; the figure of the African film maker; production logistics; rules of celebrity; actors and performance; patterns in investment, distribution, production; skills training and future developments.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 30 May 2013
Send abstracts and biographies to the Managing Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see our website for submission guidelines: www.postamble.org
Emma O'Shaughnessy/ The Managing Editor
Centre for African Studies
University of Cape Town
7700 Email: email@example.com Visit the website at http://www.postamble.org
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