CFP: Kenya at 50: Celebrating five decades of literary and performative activities
Call for Papers Deadline:
Critics plying their trades in, on and/or about formerly colonized worlds are currently engaged in taking stock of cultural, literary and performative outputs of these post independence states. Questions regarding the place of creative and performative arts in advancing the quest for nation and nationhood have been posed, documented and elicited diverse reactions. As Kenya prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary of self-governance in 2013, we also seek, in retrospect, to document its literary and performative achievements by editing a volume of critical papers that will commemorate the struggles, the resilience and developments in literary, performative as well as cultural activities in the post-independence Kenya. 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. Since the volume will carry chapters on the milestones covered by literary, performing and creative arts at the cusp of the 50th year of self governance, we do not rule out a kind of historicity of some of the creative and performative genres. The works under study and the essays will be accepted in Kiswahili, English or any Afrophone language with English translations.
Contributions are invited on 8000-12000 word essays that explore any of the following themes:
- Theatre and theatre groups in Kenya
- Folklore and Folk theatre
- The Kenya schools and colleges Drama Festival
- Poetry, and poetic resistance
- Literature and the nation
- Popular Culture
- Print media (newspapers, newsletters and journals)
- Electronic media (Radio, Cinema and TV).
- Drama in Kenya
- Literary journalism in Kenya
- Children’s literature
- Literary biography and other life writings
- Kenyan literary renaissance
- Current debates and experiments in Kenyan literature, theatre and culture.
- Film and Film studies
Moreover, we explicitly invite contributions on themes not mentioned above but still fit under the book project title.
NB: Send us a short abstract of not more than 300 words via the email addresses below by Dec 1st 2012. John Mugubi, firstname.lastname@example.org; and copy it to Rachael Diang'a, email@example.com; and E.T. Shikuku, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are targeting to unveil the book on Independence Day on 12th Dec 2013 which coincides with the Golden jubilee celebrations of Kenya’s self governance. Therefore please note the following important dates;
Dec 1st – Dec 20th 2012: Assessment and Selection of papers.
Dec 21st 2012 : Notification of Acceptance.
Jan 1st - March 15th 2013: Writing and Submission of Articles.
March 5th, - May 5th 2013: Blind Peer Review Process.
May 5th , – July 5th, 2013: Revision of articles in line with Peer Review Reports.
July 6th, 2013: Deadline of Submission of revised articles.
Aug 5th, 2013: Submission of Complete Manuscript to Publishers.
12th Dec 2013: Launch of the book
For any questions and clarifications please send us an email addressed to email@example.com and copied to, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com
Dr. John Mugubi,
Department of Theatre Arts and Film Technology
P.O. Box 43844-00100
Kenya Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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