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*CFP: The Companion to African Cinema* (Wiley-Blackwell)

Kenneth Harrow and Carmela Garritano, editors.

If you are interested in contributing to this project, please send a 
400-500 word proposal to Ken Harrow ([log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) and Carmela Garritano ([log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) by *May 15, 2014.*

*This will be an exciting, major collection. Please contribute a 
proposal to us now*

In recent years, African film critics have begun to consider dramatic 
changes in African cinematic production and distribution as well as the 
aesthetic and narrative innovations these transformations have made 
possible. Critics such as Manthia Diawara, Lindiwe Dovey, Kenneth 
Harrow, Jon Haynes, and Alexie Tcheuyap have called for updated 
approaches attuned to reading these new forms of African cinematic and 
media production and, in the cases of Harrow and Tcheuyap, the 
dismantling of an outdated dominant critical paradigm.

This volume will include essays on a broad range of topics, also 
including “video films” or digital film productions. There is an 
expanding body of genres being deployed and created that radically 
change conventional understandings of “African Cinema.” We also find new 
grids of filmmaking in which film artists like Bekolo, Sissako, Ramaka, 
and Teno are working both on and off the continent.

This anthology represents an opportunity to analyze these new 
developments within the context of the overwhelmingly powerful 
overdeterminisms of globalization and world cinema studies and to break 
with the molds that have become rigidified with the received structures 
of received truths about African studies. We invite contributors to 
theorize the new, African cinema genres, as well as to analyze African 
film within the context of changes in the religious landscape and in 
economic and political configurations that have radically shifted since 
the 1980s. We seek work on the historiography, cinematography, and 
technologies that account for the field, but also for approaches that 
are striking out in new ways, reconfiguring the cinematic critical 
landscape of the field.

The anthology is scheduled to appear in 2018, and we are soliciting 
essays of between 8,000-10,000 words. Essays might approach African film 
or media from perspectives shaped by any of the following:

·African Postcolonial theorizing, in an age of the global

·Adaptation or translation studies

·Theories of posthegemony

·Human rights discourse analysis

·Industry studies

·Film Festival studies

·Affect theory

·New Media studies


·Queer theory

·Urban studies

·the materiality of African cinema

·the formation of early African cinema, excavating colonial or early 
cinematic endeavors, utilizing archives being recuperated in Ghana, 
Nigeria, Burkina Faso, South Africa, etc.

·the transnational dimensions of African cinematic practices

On 4/14/15 9:01 AM, Jonathan Wroot wrote:
> Apologies for cross-posting.
> Registration is now open for this one-day symposium at the University of
> Worcester on 23rd May 2015. This follows a successful call for papers which
> will cover a broad range of case studies.
> *Registration will be open until 26th April 2015 (details below), to
> confirm seat availability and numbers in attendance. Late registration may
> be considered, but only if spaces are available.*
> The rationale behind the event can be found below, as can details of the
> event itself:
> Distribution is often been seen as the “invisible link” in the media
> industry, in terms of facilitating how films, television shows and other
> texts reach audiences. The rise of digital platforms, such as online rental
> services and bit torrents, recently changed this view and digital
> distribution is the focus of several recent publications. However, there
> has not been a mass shift towards purely digital media, and physical media
> releases are still sought out by fans and consumers. Special editions and
> box-sets for DVDs and Blu-Rays are frequently hyped up on social media, and
> from many countries around the world. Past formats also make for
> collectible items, such as VHS, Laserdisc, and HD-DVD. Terminology related
> to physical media hugely affects perceptions of exhibition and consumption,
> such as ‘box-sets’, ‘binge-watching’, and ‘marathon’.
> Distributors have been recognised as the ones making all this possible.
> Media distribution labels often promote their own actions; or their actions
> are reported on by critics and journalists; or fans and consumers directly
> respond to their releases and related activities. Such activity takes place
> within a variety of contexts – from film festivals to conventions and Q&A
> sessions; from social media, to dedicated websites and themed public
> attractions. This also occurs in relation to a variety of media texts –
> from newer releases to older titles; from films previously unavailable, to
> those regularly watched and celebrated by many.
> The result of the raising of the profile of distributors has been a Home
> Media Renaissance. This exists not only as an alternative to online digital
> media exhibition options, but as one that occurs alongside them. In
> addition to the recent academic study of legitimate and illegitimate
> methods of online downloading and streaming, the simultaneous desire to own
> physical media is prevalent.
> The aim of this symposium is to discuss and debate how and why distributors
> are becoming so prolific in an increasingly digital age. Is this activity a
> reaction to shifts towards downloading and streaming? Are consumers
> increasingly attracted to these forms of media, or are distributors
> desperate to maintain their interest? Can it last?
> *Please email [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]> if you wish
> to register to attend the event. Attendance is free of charge, but
> registration is necessary to guarantee a seat at the symposium, and to
> confirm numbers. Drinks will be made available, but not lunch. Please email
> if you have any queries.*
> Please use the following links to find further details and information
> about the symposium, including the schedule:
> Dr Jonathan Wroot
> Sessional Lecturer, Film Studies,
> Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts,
> University of Worcester.
> PhD awarded by UEA
> Email: [log in to unmask]
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> Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
> University of Alabama:

kenneth w. harrow
faculty excellence advocate
professor of english
michigan state university
department of english
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room C-614 wells hall
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