Welcome to a special African media-themed week from In Media Res. We realize that Africa is a very large and diverse space and that, in comparison, this themed-week is both limited in scope and overreaching in its ambitions, but given the dearth of scholarly materials dealing with media from and about this part of the world – particularly online – our aim was to be as inclusive as possible. Please feel free to respond to the contributors’ comments.
This week’s In Media Res line-up:
Monday, April 7, 2008 – Olivier Tchouaffe (University of Texas at Austin) presents: “Bamako”
Tuesday, April 8, 2008 – Brian Larkin (Barnard College) presents: "Projecting Nigeria”
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 – Jude Akudinobi (University of California, Santa Barbara) presents: "Charade, Masquerade and Hollywood’s Africa”
Thursday, April 10, 2008 – Ibrahim Amidou (University of Cincinnati) presents: "Generational Clashes in the Retold Epic Story of “Kéita! The Heritage of the Griot” (1995) by Dani Kouyaté”
Friday, April 11, 2008 – Sada Niang (University of Victoria) presents: "Colonial migrations in Sembene's La noire de...”
Please check out these wonderful contributions and offer your thoughts via a comment.
In Media Res is envisioned as an experiment in just one sort of
collaborative, multi-modal scholarship that MediaCommons will aim to
foster. Its primary goal is to provide a forum for more immediate critical
engagement with media in a manner closer to how we typically experience
Each day, a different media scholar will present a 30-second to 3-minute
clip accompanied by a 300-350-word impressionistic response. The goal is to
promote an online dialogue amongst media scholars and the public about
contemporary media scholarship through clips chosen for either their
typicality or a-typicality in demonstrating narrative strategies, genre
formulations, aesthetic choices, representational practices, institutional
approaches, fan engagements, etc.
Avi Santo, Ph.D.
3014 Batten Arts & Letters (BAL)
Department of Communication and Theatre Arts
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia 23529
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Co-Coordinating Editor: MediaCommons: A Digital Scholarly Network
Co-Creator: Flow: Television and Media Culture
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