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POSTAMBLE: CALL FOR PAPERS, VOL. 6. No. 2
‘Under the Lens: South Africa and the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2010’
UCT’s Centre for African Studies and its multidisciplinary postgraduate, peer-
reviewed student journal, postamble invite you to submit essays, photographic
projects, book reviews, and opinion pieces that critically engage with the socio-
political, cultural and economic impacts of the FIFA World Cup Soccer
Tournament on South Africa.
The atmosphere around this event in South Africa is fevered, not only owing to the opportunities
FIFA and the South African government have promised, but also because this moment signifies a
chance for the country and continent to project a positive and powerful public image to the rest of
the world. The event has heralded huge developments in urban infrastructure and transport,
tourism is expected to surge, sustained attention has been paid to improving the safety of and
access to public spaces and investment–both local and foreign–is high. Soccer fans, of which
there are many, are awaiting the arrival of some of the greatest names in sport; energies have
soared in anticipation of an extended period of mid year celebration. There is a feeling of pride
here, and South Africans seem to be united in a way unseen these past fifteen years.
However, critics have questioned the real sustainable effects of the event, the development it
brings, and have criticised the quick fix clean up strategies of the state and local government.
There are hard questions that stir: what will be the real benefits of the FIFA World Cup, and what
will happen once it is over? Who will be the real victors here? Will South Africa be able to use
this opportunity to shift global perceptions about Africa and African cultures and societies? Or,
do we stand the risk of entrenching many of the stereotypes that persist in the global public
imagination? Achille Mbembe suggests that,
…if we cannot win on the soccer field and if our victory won't be economic and financial,
then we better start thinking hard about changing the very terms of what it means to win
at all…Our victory can only be a cultural and moral victory. We will win the 2010 Soccer
World Cup if we organize it in such a way that it powerfully contributes to changing the
terms of Africa's recognition in the world. 1
We invite submissions that heed the debates and questions around the 2010 Soccer World Cup
tournament. Postamble aims to publish an edition that is lively and polemical. The issue will be
released a month after the end of the tournament, in August 2010. Photographic essays and
opinion pieces can be created during the tournament time. Submissions may vary in their subject
matter and approach and will be assessed on their relevance to the edition's theme. Long papers
should be addressed to the Managing Editor, and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or cas-
email@example.com by no later than the 15th June 2010. These should be between 5000 and
8000 words. Short Submissions (1500-3000 words) and photographic essays (10 to 15
photographs) should be submitted to the same addresses by the 15th July 2010.
OR submit on our website: www.postamble.org
For correct formatting, please see http://postamble.org/Submissions/Guidelines.aspx.
Please ensure all submissions contain a short abstract (200 words), biography (50 words), with
relevant contact details.
1 Mbembe, ‘2010 Soccer World Cup: Where Is the Moral Argument?’ Published online (31/10, 2006) in
Africultures, Cultures Africaines: www.africultures.com. Accessed 8 April 2010.