Queer Theory in African Film and Fiction

deadline for submissions: 
August 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
John C. Hawley/ African Literature Today
contact email: 

African Literature Today (ALT) 36

Queer Theory in Film and Fiction

Call for Submissions

How are African literatures and cultures mediating globalizing frameworks for gender and sexuality and shifting understandings of “queer”?  From Woubi Cheri and Dakan, to Stories of Our Lives, African film has begun this conversation. From K. Sello Duiker, to Chinelo Okparanta and Diriye Osman, new voices have invited national debates on these topics.  Similarly, scholars are increasingly turning a “queer eye” on classics of African literature, offering helpful re-reading of texts that open up the positioning of formerly erased sexualities as part of the heritage, in all its complexities, of contemporary sexual expression among Africans on the continent, and abroad. 

The Editor seeks articles that explore the diversity of sexual expression in contemporary Africa as expressed in film and literary writing; multiple genres depicting in particular, ideas of human rights, justice and freedom; residual colonial influence on related topics; the roles of political and religious fundamentalism; voices in the diaspora in conversation with those at home; socio-political transformations and the quest for a new order, etc.


*   LITERARY SUPPLEMENT:  short creative writing selections-poetry, short story and drama (one-act plays) are also invited, on this and related themes.

All submissions should be sent to the Guest Editor, John C. Hawley, Santa Clara University; mail to: jhawley@scu.edu

Deadline: 15 August 2017

Articles are reviewed blindly so do not insert your name, institutional affiliation and contact information on the article itself.  Instead provide this information on a separate page.   Please also provide an abstract of your article not exceeding 200 words in a separate file.  Both the abstract and personal profile should be submitted with the article but as separate attachments.

Further Guidelines:

Length:  Articles should not exceed 5,000 words

Format:  Articles should be double- spaced throughout.  Use the same typeface and size throughout the article.

Style:      UK or US spellings, but be consistent.  Direct quotation should retain the spelling used in the original source.  Check the accuracy of your citations and always give the source, date, and page number in the text and a full reference in the works cited at the end of the article.  Italicize titles of books or plays.  Use single inverted commas throughout except for quotations within quotations which are double.  Avoid subtitles or subsection headings within the text.

References: Follow the series style [Surname, date: page number] in brackets in text. All references/works cited should be listed in full at the end of each article, in the following style:

Surname, name/initial, title of work, place: publisher, date.

Surname, name/initial. ‘title of article’. In surname, name/initial [ed.] title of work. Place of publication, publisher, date.

or Surname, name/initial, ‘title of article’, Journal, vol. no.: page no.

REVIEW SECTION: Deadline for submission:  30 September 2017
Please submit Reviews/review ideas/books to review for consideration to the Reviews Editor, Obi Nwakanma, English Department, Colburn Hall, 12790 Aquarius Agora Drive, Orlando, FL 32816, USA. Obi.Nwakanma@ucf.edu<mailto:Obi.Nwakanma@ucf.edu>

Submissions and other enquires should be directed to:

John C. Hawley, Professor

Department of English

Santa Clara University

500 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95053 USA

jhawley@scu.edu;  (408) 554-4956