CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Call for Papers: (Re)reading the African Urban Space

full name / name of organization: 
Natasha Himmelman
contact email: 
nhimmelman@gmail.com

The postamble editorial collective is excited to announce its newest
Call for Papers.Vol. 4. No. 2, which will focus on the African urban
question.

Entitled (Re) reading the African Urban Space, this issue seeks to publish
papers, photographic essays, book reviews, and other relevant submissions
that critically engage with the socio-political, cultural and economic
complexities of the African urban centres. We are interested in work that
grapples with how African cities are configured within public and
intellectual imaginations – both locally and globally – and the challenges
and opportunities available to those living in, working in, or encountering
African city spaces. More specifically, we are looking for work that
engages with the following types of questions:

Can African cities be seen as dynamic sites of challenge to the
contemporary and historical socio-political and economic world order?

What kind of new autonomies are emerging in African urban spaces, despite
the often-harsh material conditions?

How can we begin to deconstruct African urban spaces in order to find ways
of contesting the predominantly negative typecasting of African landscapes?

What theoretical, cultural, social and analytical tools do African urban
spaces provide us with as we attempt to understand an increasingly
urbanized world?

Can, in fact, African cities provide us with spaces in which newer, more
cosmopolitan notions about urbanism and society can be discovered?

Submissions may vary in their subject matter and approach and will be
assessed on their relevance to the edition's theme. For correct formatting,
please see http://postamble.org/Submissions/Guidelines.aspx. Submissions
should be addressed to the Managing Editor, and emailed to postamble by no
later than the end of June 2008. Submissions should be between 5000 and
8000 words, or 10 to 15 photographs, and contain a short abstract (200
words), biography (50 words), with relevant contact details.

Email:
cas-postamble_at_uct.ac.za

Postal Address:
Centre For African Studies
University Of Cape Town
Private Bag, Rondebosch
7701, South Africa

OR submit on our website:
www.postamble.org

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Received on Sun May 18 2008 - 09:43:36 EDT

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches