Critical Arts, Volume 34, Issue 4, August 2020 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

This new issue contains the following articles:

Articles African Cultural Studies: An Overview
Handel Kashope Wright & Yao Xiao
Pages: 1-31 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1758738   Critiquing Print Media Transformation and Black Empowerment in South Africa: A Critical Race Theory Approach
Prinola Govenden & Sarah Chiumbu
Pages: 32-46 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1722719   “There is no ‘us and them’”: Engaging with Migration and Border Crossing Narratives through Shadow Puppetry in Ghosts of the River
Cristina Pérez Valverde & Fernando Perez-Martin
Pages: 47-60 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1721548   Re-reading the Propaganda and Counter-Propaganda History of South Africa: On the African National Congress’ (ANC) Anti-Apartheid Radio Freedom
Siyasanga M. Tyali
Pages: 61-75 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1725585   Portrayal of Igbo Culture in the Film Adaptations of Things Fall Apart and Half of a Yellow Sun
Munachim Amah
Pages: 76-89 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1726980   Remembering as Imaging: The Memories of Nyamubaya and Hove
Cuthbeth Tagwirei
Pages: 90-102 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1753088   Infectious Images: Viral Internet Content in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Lesley Nicole Braun & Ribio Nzeza Bunketi Buse
Pages: 103-116 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1753089   Towards a Socio-Cultural Account of Literary Canon’s Retranslation and Reinterpretation: The Case of The Journey to the West
Feng (Robin) Wang , Philippe Humblé & Juqiang Chen
Pages: 117-131 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1753796   Call Centre Karma, or How Popular Culture Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Outsourcing
Anna Guttman & Megan Smith
Pages: 132-143 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1779325
Comment The Tourism Researcher: Ethical Dilemmas During Fieldwork in Africa, Bali and Myanmar
Claudia Bell
Pages: 144-149 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1712445
Book Review The Routledge Handbook of Chinese discourse analysis edited by Chris Shei, New York, Routledge, 2019, 700 pp., US$ 281.43 (hardcover) ISBN 978-0-41578-979-0; US $267.36 (EbOOK) ISBN 978-1-31521-370-5
Yang Yao
Pages: 150-152 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1756884   Critical Arts: Aims and scope

Critical Arts  examines the relationship between texts and contexts, cultural formations and popular forms of expression, within the South-North  and  East-West nexus, focusing on developing trans-
disciplinary epistemologies. Critical Arts ‘ authors are Africans debating Africa with the rest; and the rest debating Africa and the South and wit each other.    The journal is rigorously peer reviewed, via ScholarONE
Manuscripts, and aims to shape theory on the topics it covers.  Cutting edge theorisation (supported by empirical evidence) rather than the reporting of formulaic case studies are preferred.  Submissions are sought from both established and new researchers, and recent topics have included political economy of the media, political communication, intellectual property rights, visual anthropology and indigeneity,  the ethnographic turn in art, and of course cultural studies. Submissions must, perhaps, aim to restore the vision of earlier theorists and historians, for whom ‘culture’ was a kind of synthesis arising from the contradictions between human society and the politics of nations. Under the pressures of globalization, this kind of understanding becomes more relevant at every turn. Critical Arts seeks to profile those approaches to issues that are amenable to a cultural studies-derived intervention, on the basis that ‘culture’ is a marker of deeper continuities than the immediate conflicts under the fire of which so many must somehow live their lives.  

Editor-in-Chief: Keyan Tomaselli –
Editorial coordinator: David Nothling –

Critical Arts, Volume 34, Issue 3, June 2020 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

Peter Abrahams

This new issue contains the following articles: 
Articles  Peter Abrahams 100: Milestones in Literature, Media and Political Commentary
Hopeton S. Dunn & Rupert Lewis 
Pages: 1-8 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1779767
Peter Abrahams of South Africa: Learning to Read (in) the Global 1930s
Jason Frydman 
Pages: 9-22 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1729217
Crossing Boundaries in Fact and in Fiction
Rupert Lewis & Maureen Warner-Lewis 
Pages: 23-29 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1726425
Peter Abrahams and the Bandung Era: Afro-Asian Routes of Connection
Nesrine Chahine 
Pages: 30-40 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1751224

Review Article 
Peter Abrahams Close Up: A Profile from Letters in his Archived Collection
Hopeton S. Dunn 
Pages: 41-53 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1755329

Daphne Elizabeth Abrahams
Maxine Walters 
Pages: 54-56 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1713837

Review Article 
Encountering Peter Abrahams: Reflections after a Visit to “Coyaba”
Elinor Sisulu 
Pages: 57-60 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1733036

Book Review 
Reflections on revival in theatre, film and the creative economy by Dickson Mwansa, Lusaka Sotrane, 2019, 177 pp., Paperback US$10.00, ISBN 978-9-98270-890-6
Elastus Mambwe 
Pages: 61-62 | DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2020.1712446

About Critical Arts

From its inception, Critical Arts  examined the relationship between texts and contexts, cultural formations and popular forms of expression, mainly in the Third World, but after the 1994 transition in South Africa  Critical Arts repositioned itself in the South-North  and  East-West nexus focusing on developing transdisciplinary epistemologies. Critical Arts ‘ authors are Africans debating Africa with the rest; and the rest debating Africa and the South and with each other.


Keyan G Tomaselli

Editorial coordinator

David Nothling

Article submission:

The Lesser Violence Reading Group

Join us this Wednesday (21 October, 2020) at 13:00 (GMT+2) for the 3rd session of this year’s Lesser Violence Reading Group. 

VIAD & GALA are honoured to welcome Dee Marco and Kathleen Eberson as our facilitators for the session! As co-hosts of the Mamas with Attitude podcast, Dee and Kathleen will be speaking to feminist parenting and radical and everyday practices of care.    

  “Dee Marco and Kathleen Ebersohn come at the project of mothering with mutual curiosity, but with different modalities and approaches. This is celebrated in their podcast, Mamas with Attitude (MWA) where there are many intersecting elements, themes and positions, yet they muse about mothering and the project of mothering in its multitude of capacities, differently”   

  Kathleen is currently interested in the ways in which motherhood can be experienced as a trauma or a wound, especially in matrescence, the transition in becoming a mother, and whether stories can be used as a balm for trauma. Dee’s interest in the broad topic of motherhood centers on motherhood as performance and as action. This action, best described as motherhood as verb and action, takes on various forms of radical and everyday care seen in experiences and practices.
PLAYLIST: Click here to access the playlist of media and readings Dee and Kathleen have assigned for the session. Please remember to engage with the playlist before attending the live chat session.  

REGISTRATION: please note that in keeping with the group’s intention to create enabling and caring discursive spaces, the online chat room will be limited to 25 people or fewer. Please click on the button below to register. ! Register Here 

CFP: African Journalism Studies @40

Invitation for submissions for a Special Issue

Special Issue Title: AJS at 40. Towards an agenda for African journalism and media research in changing communication ecologies

African Journalism Studies(AJS)—formerly Equid Novi— was launched in 1980 as an intervention to provide space for research on the then fairly nascent field of journalism and media studies within South Africa. Over the years, and with South Africa’s reintegration into the African and global political economy post-1994, the journal grew to become one of the leading spaces for research within the media studies discipline, increasingly attracting voices from across the African continent (including the MENA region). As it celebrates its four decades in existence, the journal continues to strive to become the preeminent intellectual platform for both emerging and established researchers from Africa, and also to engage in comparative research and conversations between the Global South and the Global North.

The special issue will feature full research articles as well as shorter critical essays and reflections. We invite submissions of full research articleson any of the following topics:

The history of journalism and media research in South Africa and on the African Continent
African epistemological frameworks for understanding African media and its role in changing societies
The shifting digital media ecologies and implications for journalism and media research in Africa
The political economy of African journalism and media
Towards a sociology of African journalism in a changing media milieu.
Decolonizing African journalism and media research
The future of journalism education in Africa
An agenda for journalism and media research in Africa
Researching Journalism and Media in Africa: Reflections on Methodologies
Researching African language news and politics in Africa
African journalism in the era of surveillance
Beyond ‘voices from the suburbs’: How African journalism can serve society better
African journalism and struggles for democratization

All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications. Full articles should be submitted via the Journal’s electronic submission platform, and must adhere to the AJS submission guidelines

The word account should be between 6000-8000 words. Please make your submission under the category of “Special Issue”.

Deadline for Full Paper submissions:15th January 2021.

All queries regarding submissions should be emailed to Prof Wallace Chuma (

ToC: Critical Arts, 34,(2) (2020) – Special Issue: Rethinking Chinese Questions in Western Literary Theories

Critical Arts, Volume 34, Issue 2 (2020) – Special Issue: Brand China, Guest Editor: Jun Zeng


Rethinking Chinese Questions in Western Literary Theories

Jun Zeng 


Thinking on the Research Methods of Dialogism in Chinese and Western Literary Theories

Jun Zeng 

A Critical Response to Western Critics’ Controversial Viewpoints on Chinese Traditional Narrative and Fiction Criticism

Guoqiang Qiao 

Globalization, Divergence and Cultural Fecundity: Seeking Harmony in Diversity through François Jullien’s Transcultural Reflection on China

You Wu 

Reception and Dissemination of Qiyun Shengdong in the Western Art Criticism

Xia Wang 

Remapping Taipei for Jameson? Rediscovering the Indigenization, Modernity, and Postmodernity of Taipei

Yuyu Wu 

The Insight and Limitation of “Post-Theory”: The Poetics Problem of Chinese Cinema Carried by David Bordwell

Chen Yu 

The Renewal of Western Philosophy: On Heidegger’s Expropriation of Lao Tzu’s Thought Through Xiao Shiyi

Haitian Zhou 

Yixiang (意象) in Contemporary Chinese Ink Installation Art

Siying Duan 

“They’ve made our blood ties black”: On the Burst of Online Racism Towards the African in China’s Social Media

Tingting Liu Zhuoyun Deng 

Book review 

Art, trade, and cultural mediation in Asia, 1600–1950

by Raquel A. G. Reyes, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, xv + 131 pp., $61.75 (hardback) ISBN 978-1-13757-236-3

Jianwei Zheng Wenjun Fan 

About Critical Arts

From its inception, Critical Arts  examined the relationship between texts and contexts, cultural formations and popular forms of expression, mainly in the Third World, but after the 1994 transition in South Africa  Critical Arts repositioned itself in the South-North  and  East-West nexus focusing on developing transdisciplinary epistemologies. Critical Arts ‘ authors are Africans debating Africa with the rest; and the rest debating Africa and the South and with each other.


Keyan G Tomaselli

Editorial coordinator

David Nothling

Article submission:

CFP: African Journal of Rhetoric (AJR) Call for Papers: SPECIAL EDITION on the Black Panther Movie Africa, Afro-futurism and Wakanda Imaginings AJR Volume 16

The death of Chadwick Boseman evoked emotions across the global African community as evidenced on social media and new channels. Most Africans imagined him as T’Challa, an African royalty. T’Challa, a young man, succeeds his father, but must deal with his father’s mistake. T’Chaka’s spirit asserts: ‘That is the truth I chose to omit.’ But this is the predicament of African nation states’ leadership: choosing to omit fundamental truths that subsequent generations would have to deal with. Sometimes they win, but most times, they lose. But myth has always been a method of reflexivity for any nation. From its classical origins, the theatre has always been a channel of rhetorical exchange and application of propositional rhetoric and conflictual dialogue to litigate moral and operational failings of leaders and nation states. To paraphrase Femi Osofisan, it is a site where the past confronts the present and the real present confronts itself. Most commentaries on the Black Panther movie suggest that Africa saw in the movie, what the continent would have become, had the leaders managed appropriately the vast resources with which Africa is endowed. Paradise lost? Can it ever be regained? 

This project seeks original ruminations on the state of Africa’s politics and economic management strategies based on Wakanda imaginings. Can Africa reverse that current trends of state fragilization and economic mismanagement practices? How can Africa’s political systems better engage its youths in political processes? Can Africa’s youth really turn the current tide for the betterment of the African peoples? Vision 2063, how possible? What is the role of the African diaspora in the making of a better and greater Africa? Again, in the words of T’Chaka, ‘You are a good man. . . with a good heart, T’Challa. It is hard for a good man to be King.’ Are good hearted Africans in leadership positions today? Can they lead African states out of this economic quagmire? What is the place of virtue ethics in Africa’s 21st century politics? What is the role of oral tradition/storytelling in present-day Africa’s socio-political imaginings?

Suggested sub-themes are the following: 

·         Chadwick Boseman: Tribute (s)

·         The Black Panther Movie and the African Literary Imagination 

·         Orality, Storytelling and 21st century African Politics

·         The African Epic and Oral Tradition

·         Reception, Adaptation, and the Re-appropriation of African Mythology

·         Leadership and succession struggle in the Black Panther

·         Tribal Conflicts, Mercenaryism and Warlordism in Africa

·         Managing Africa’s resources: Challenge to Leadership 

·         Role of Virtue Ethics in Africa’s 21st Century Politics

·         Youth and Leadership development in Africa

·         Gender and the Rhetoric of Science and Technology in Africa

·         Africa’s cultural Heritage and artifacts in western Museums 

·         African Art: The rhetoric of restitution

·         Imagining Africa’s Leadership in World Politics

·         Writing Africa in Children’s Literature

·         Imagining a New Africa: Prospects and challenges

·         Africa’s security: instability and the involvement of External Actors

·         Capitalism and African ancestral sites: The desecration question

·         An African Superhero: Marvel Comic and the invention of an African Myth

·         Performing Africa: Masks and the African Identity

Abstract: 250 words. Submission date: October 30, 2020

Paper: 6000 words. Submission date: April 30, 2021

Publication Date: December 2022




African Studies Association Women’s Caucus 2020 Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize Application For Creative Work 


The Aidoo-Snyder book prize is awarded by the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association for an outstanding book that prioritizes African women’s experiences. Named in honor of Ama Ata Aidoo, the celebrated Ghanaian novelist and short story writer, and Margaret Snyder the founding Director of UNIFEM, this $500 prize seeks to acknowledge the excellence of contemporary scholarship being produced by women about African women. In alternate years, the prize is awarded for the best scholarly book, or for the best creative work.

The 2020 Aidoo-Snyder scholarly book prize will be given for the best original creative work written by a woman (or women) that prioritizes African women’s experience. To this end, the committee invites nominations from publishers or authors. Books should be submitted based on publication date rather than copyright date. Self-published books are not eligible, and entries may only be submitted for consideration once. The prize is open to authors who have published books in English and English translation in the two years preceding the award year. The books must significantly deal with Africa (including Cape Verde, and the Islands off the West Coast of Africa; Madagascar; and the Indian Ocean Islands of the East African Coast).

To nominate a publication, please send one electronic copy of the publication to accompanied by the form. All nominations must be emailed on or before October 15, 2020. The winner will be notified in early November. For more information on the book prize, please visit

*All award recipients are required to be current WC members.

Join the online Book Launch and discussion of Glenda Daniels’ new book

Power & Loss in South African Journalism: News in the age of social media

Without a strong independent media and in-depth investigative journalism, South Africa’s democracy is in grave danger. The media’s long-held position as the fourth estate of political life is buffeted by market forces and contested by social media, while the digital networks struggle to manage hate speech and misinformation. All of these pressures have been accelerated by Covid-19, as seen by the tsunami of job losses amongst journalists. Is the decline of the media in South Africa irreversible?

When: Tuesday 22 September at 16:00 Zoom Link

Please register for this Zoom event in advance of the meeting. Speakers: Mahlatse Mahlase (EyeWitness News) will discuss with author Glenda Daniels. Moderator is Kate Skinner (director of SANEF). Bios: Glenda Daniels is an associate professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She is a media-freedom activist and journalist and author of Power & Loss in South African journalism (Wits University Press:2020)

Mahlatse Mahlase is Editor-in-Chief for EyeWitness News and Secretary General of the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF).

Extended: Indication of Interest Group Involvement in 2020

Dear SACOMM Community,

As indicated in a previous email, our annual conference will not go ahead as planned this year, due to the COVID-19 virus and restrictions around it. We do want to make sure, however, that we stay connected within the greater SACOMM community, and especially in our smaller interest groups. Part of that is having an up-to-date list of members who want to form part of these respective groups. Please fill out the form, accessible from this link:

It will allow you to select those groups that align to your interest (research, teaching or otherwise). Interest group convenors will use the information provided to communicate with their members and schedule activities. Not to worry, however, you will still receive general information via our Listserv as always.

We ask that you please complete the form by the 24th of July (Extended to 01.08.2020) so as to allow our interest group convenors to start communicating with interested parties from August onwards.


for 2021 AGENDA Journal – BEIJING + 25

Contributors are invited to submit manuscripts on the above topic from the point of view either of researchers or activists. Abstracts and contributions must be written in English and in a style accessible to a wide audience. Please submit abstracts to Lou Haysom : or

GUEST EDITORS: Editors: Amanda Gouws (SARChI Chair in Gender Politics) and Diana Hojlund Madsen (Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden)

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