Symposium on Popular Culture and Performance in Africa, University of Ibadan, Abstract Deadline September 30, 2011


From the academic list-serve H-Net:

In spotlighting the contributions of Sola Olorunyomi – author of the seminal Afrobeat!: Fela and the Imagined Continent and other influential texts – to literary and cultural studies, this colloquium intends to incite a debate around the ferment that Olorunyomi has generated as an idea, a scholar, a teacher within and outside the classroom, a performer, a social activist and a fifty-year-long insurrectionary event.

Popular culture and performance in Africa, more intently, are isolated as the hub around which the colloquium’s sub-themes will revolve. We also want to look, beyond the normative cultural forms, at para-artistic sites such as television reality, telephony, virtual interaction (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), open-market hawking, etc. The colloquium’s immediate objective is to update critical engagements with popular modes of culture, taking into consideration the recent emergence of new forms such as hip-hop, on the one hand, and the transformation of other forms such as home video culture as exemplified by Nollywood, on the other.We therefore seek panel and individual presentations from scholars and practitioners that address issues relating, but not limited, to the following:

– Performance (Music, Drama, Disc Jockeying, etc.)
– Virtual Communication/ Cyberculture
– Reality Television
– Telephony
– Advertising
– Stand-up Comedy
– Slogans
– Home Video
– Football Fandom
– Body Art
– Fashion

Abstracts of not more that 250 words should be sent as email attachments to olorunyomiat50@yahoo.com. Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2011 (12 midnight, Nigerian time). We will respond to applicants regarding acceptance not later than Monday, October 3, 2011.

The colloquium will hold at the University of Ibadan in late November, 2011. A festschrift of presented papers will be published afterwards.

Senayon Olaoluwa (PhD Wits), Department of Languages and Linguistics, Osun State University or Tunji Azeez (PhD Ibadan), Department of Theatre Arts and Music, Lagos State University.

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