Penser le zouk

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Call for papers
« Penser le zouk »

Following the symposium « Penser le zouk » that took place in Martinique from April 2010 to November 2010, the organizing committee solicits contributions to a collection of academic papers, "Penser le zouk".

At first glance and utterance, a Creole onomatopoeia, the term "zouk" seems to bear no specific meaning or significance. Yet, zouk refers to the modern form of music and dance created out of the sense of aesthetic and creativity of the French Caribbean countries of Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Since its inception into the wider public and the world in the late seventies, zouk has, more often than not, been deemed insignificant and opposed to traditional rhythms. One tends to view zouk according to impressions, approximation, and beliefs. It leaves no one indifferent and has also its defenders. Standpoints about zouk are at the very least extreme be it negatively or positively. One of the reasons explaining the disparaging attitude toward and extreme positions about zouk is the fact that no extensive and academic study of the phenomenon has been conducted so far. Yet, it is also well established in French speaking Caribbean communities in the United-States and Europe and has been embraced by Cape Verde and many other African countries.
For the fast changing and globalized Martinican and Guadeloupean societies, zouk has become a true cultural identifier. It is vested with identity meaning.

It is therefore appropriate to examine the significance of zouk from the cultural, sociological, philosophical, anthropological, political, economical and psychological perspectives.

We thus solicit academic studies on the topic of zouk.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts on one of the following concentrations or on any other topic of interest to them within the context of zouk

--Zouk and development
--The politic of zouk
--Zouk and identity
--The sociology of zouk
--For a hermeneutic of zouk
--The economical value of zouk
--The literature of zouk
--Women and zouk
--Zouk and orality
--Zouk and communication

All abstracts should be submitted electronically to the Editor Hanétha Vété-Congolo by September, 30ST, 2011.

Your abstract should contain up to 200 words with a title, your affiliation in addition to a short biography of up to 90 words. Please, specify the theoretical approach to your study.

Authors whose proposals are selected by the reading committee will be informed no latter than October 30th 2011.

Complete articles should be submitted by March, 30th, 2012.

Writing guidelines to authors will be specified to selected authors in due time.

Contributions may be in English or French, but contributors are very earnestly urged to use the language in which they can write more effectively.

Abstract submission : September 30, 2011
Reading Committee selection : Octobre 30, 2011
Contribution submission : March 31, 2012