CFP: Critical Arts: Under Fire articles

Temporary free access and Call

Critical Arts is placing on temporary free access on a rolling basis all the Under Fire articles that have been published to date. These are short essays that uncompromisingly address pressing issues facing academia, our students and our societies, but which are rarely discussed in the formal academic literature. This first batch is available on free access until 29 February.

Under fire

Call for Editorial Board Members – The Journal of African Media Studies

The Journal of African Media Studies (JAMS) is seeking expressions of interest from media and communication research professionals to join our Editorial Board. The opportunity will allow you to keep up-to-date with research in our field and to improve the quality of submissions for JAMS. The opportunity allows you to position yourself as one of the leaders in the evolving and most exciting field of African Media and Communication Studies. JAMS is an interdisciplinary journal that provides a forum for debate on the historical and contemporary aspects of media and communication in Africa. All articles are double-blind peer-reviewed in order to maintain the highest standards of scholastic integrity. It welcomes research articles, film and theatre reviews, Blog and book reviews as well as commentaries reflective of African media and communication.

Appointments to the Editorial Board are for a 2-year period and may be renewable. Membership on the Editorial Board requires ability to perform allocated tasks and to work with a team.

The Editorial Board members activities include:

· working closely with Editors to develop the journal’s vision, policy and practices

· providing expertise and assessment assistance to the editors

· helping to approve topics for special issues,

· participating in monthly board meetings,

· reviewing 8 to 10 manuscripts yearly, and

· helping recruit reviewers

· Promoting the journal to authors and readers

The following are criteria for selection of board members:

· A PhD degree and relevant expertise

· Prior experience with publishing in and reviewing for peer-review publications

· Access to and capacity for completing reviews in the online publication system

Applications should be submitted by 10 February 2020 to the Principal Editor, Dr Winston Mano by email: 

Application materials should include:

· Curriculum Vitae

· Short statement of interest

· List of journals for which you have reviewed manuscripts

For more information about the JAMS, Submission Guidelines and recent issues, please go to the Website:

Humanities, Citations and Currency: Hierarchies of Value and Enabled Recolonisation

The article below has just been published and is on free access until 20 February.  Prof. Keyan Tomaselli has requested this free access status from the publisher as it speaks directly to many of the issues that we academic authors have to consider when publishing, in navigating university research reward systems, NRF rating applications, and performance management contracts.  In short, university policies are often formulated without  sufficient consideration of the issues analysed in this study

Abstract A comparative analysis examines the relevance of journal measurement indices for the Humanities and the Sciences.  It explains how different measurements work, what they measure and their impact on the integrity of research, paradigm change and citation levels. The increasing use by university auditors of impact factors as performance management and research output indicators is critically examined with regard to implications for the Humanities. The effect of this neoliberal approach on African-based academic developments is examined, as are the intellectually re-colonising effects of such systems.    

The article can be accessed here or    

CFP: The 16th Annual Global Communication Association Conference


Perspectives on Africa Media and Communication

Durban, South Africa

June 10-12, 2020

Hosted by the Durban University of Technology and supported by the University of Kwazulu-Natal, Mangosuthu University of Technology, and University of Zululand, the Global Communication Association invites you to submit your abstracts for the 16th annual convention to be held in Durban, South Africa from June 10 – 12, 2020.

The GCA invites research papers exploring any aspect of issues related to the theme of the conference, including the following broad topics:

  • African media and communication methodologies, theories, and perspectives
  • Media and their impact on public opinion
  • The evolving modes of teaching and learning
  • New communication technologies, the Internet, and social media
  • Intercultural communication
  • News and information flow

    Abstract Submission: (All submissions should include two separate attachments in Word format)
  • A 400-word abstract of the paper or panel proposal should be submitted electronically to Dr. S.E Usadolo and Mr Thabani Khumalo via the following email:
  • All abstract submissions must be received by February 29, 2020, for review and consideration. Acceptance of a paper or panel proposal obligates authors to attend the conference and present the paper.  The abstract should include research objectives, methodology and significance followed by keywords.
  • Poster presentations on topics related to the conference theme are also encouraged. Complete panel proposals may be submitted to Dr. Yahya R. Kamalipour at
  • Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by at least two scholars.  Authors of the abstracts will be notified of acceptance by March 15, 2020.  
  • A separate document including the name, academic institution, mailing address, phone number, email address, and brief author’s profile must be submitted for each author.
  • If accepted, the full-length paper (not to exceed 25-pages excluding references and tables) must be submitted by May 30, 2020.  All papers should adhere to The American Psychological Association (APA) style manual. For details, visit
  • Where appropriate, put “STUDENT” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page; indicate whether the paper comes from a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral student.


The conference will take place on the campus of the Durban University of Technology (DUT).

Special Conference rates will be offered by several hotels in Durban, within a 5km radius of the conference venue.

Details of these rates and the hotel links will be provided shortly.  Delegates are requested to register as early as possible, as Durban is a popular tourist destination during this time.

Accommodation Link:

Conference Registration Fees:

  • Standard registrations – early bird: R2500.00 – Register before 20 February 2020 -Provide proof of payment before 21 February 2020.
  • Standard registrations- normal: R3500.00- Register before 01 May 2020.
  • Postgraduate students- early bird: R1500.00 – Register before 20 February 2020 – Provide proof of payment before 21 February 2020.
  • Postgraduate students- normal: R2500.00- Register before 01 May 2020.
  • An attractive and favorable package will be offered to all participants.  Graduate students presenting papers will be given a 50% registration discount. A registration link and details of fees and payment procedures are attached below: 

    Registration Link:


AIR TRANSPORT: There are daily flights from major cities around the world to South Africa. Some international airlines fly directly to Durban, while others fly to Cape Town or Johannesburg, domestic airlines can be used to fly to Durban. Emirates and British Airways, Qatar Turkish Airlines fly directly to Durban. For details visit

GROUND TRANSPORT: Delegates will be met on arrival at King Shaka International Airport in Durban and transported to their hotels or to the conference venue, depending on the date of arrival. Shuttles will be provided from the hotels to the conference and event venues.

After the conference, shuttles will be provided from the hotels to the airport. Links to approved tour agents will be provided if delegates wish to tour after or before the conference. Meter taxis and Uber are also available and distance from King Shaka International Airport to Durban City is 30 km.

OPTIONAL TOURS: After the conference, interested participants may take advantage of an optional tour such as visiting a safari.


Please direct any questions to Dr. Yahya R. Kamalipour at

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline February 29, 2020
Acceptance Notification March 15, 2020
Last Date for Early Bird Registration April 15, 2020
Last Date for Registration May 15, 2020
Full Length Paper Submission May 30, 2020
Conference Dates June 10-12, 2020
Optional Tours June 13, 2020


The 2020 CILECT Congress at Westerdals Institute for Film and Media, Kristiania University College,

Oslo, Norway (4-9 October 2020) will incorporate a conference under the title


The global streaming platforms are disrupting traditional film and television linear storytelling and distribution models. The competition to make an impact is stronger than ever. But impact has both positive and negative connotations. Images could produce new ideas, but could also reinforce cultural stereotypes. Stories could reveal areas of human co-existence, but could also reproduce dominant ideologies.

Relevance in this context relate audio-visual education to societal change.

In putting the focus on impact and relevance in this conference, the aim is to emphasise the multiple spheres of influence that images and stories have. Access to technologies and the changes in audiences’ adoption and adaption to the new platforms requires a re-examination of education.

We encourage submissions that would address questions such as:

What shapes the audio-visual curriculum in the time of transformation of the technological means and the distribution platforms?

What are the new storytelling models in the age of serial and multilinear drama?

How can we bridge?

We expect:

Theoretical Presentations & Case Studies (up to 30 mins.)

Workshops (up to 60 mins.)

Exhibitions & Screenings All proposals must include:

An abstract (up to 200 words) that describes the content and form of the presentation or activity

A short bio of the proposer up to 100 words

A photograph of the proposer that is at least 1 MB and no more than 5 MB in size

Please send all submissions by email to

Journal of African Cinemas – Volume 11, Number 1


Journal of African Cinemas: Special Edition on contemporary South African cinema 
pp. 3-9(7) 
Authors: Rijsdijk, Ian-Malcolm; Lawrence, Andrew


Outsiders, fairy tales and rainbowism in South African comedies: Soweto Green: This is a ‘Tree’ Story (Lister, 1995) and Fanie Fourie’s Lobola (Pretorius, 2013) 
pp. 11-29
Author: Mdege, Norita

Unsettling the ‘New’? Apartheid Did Not Die (Lowery, 1998) 
pp. 31-46
Author: Modisane, Litheko

Resistance documentaries in post-apartheid South Africa: Dear Mandela (Kell and Nizza, 2012) and Miners Shot Down (Desai, 2014) 
pp. 47-67
Author: Moyer-Duncan, Cara

Unravelling Pretville (Korsten, 2012) and encountering Marikana: The superfluous cheer of the Afrikaner volksiel 
pp. 69-82
Author: Steenekamp, Emelia


pp. 83-88
Authors: Dovey, Lindiwe; Frassinelli, Pier Paolo

Film Review

Film Review 
pp. 89-94(6) 
Author: Macintyre, Sandy

Bottom of Form

The Journal of African Cinemas will explore the interactions of visual and verbal narratives in African film. It recognizes the shifting paradigms that have defined and continue to define African cinemas. Identity and perception are interrogated in relation to their positions within diverse African film languages. The editors are seeking papers that expound on the identity or identities of Africa and its peoples represented in film.

Publisher: Intellect

ISSN 1754-9221 (Print); ISSN 1754-923X (Online)

Journal website:

Editors: Keyan Tomaselli and Martin Mhando

Contact: David Nothling –

In Memoriam: Prof. Sonja Verwey

The SACOMM community was met with the sad news of Prof. Sonja Verwey’s passing last week. Prof. Verwey was the first female president of our Association, a formidable academic, an esteemed colleague, a mentor and a friend to many of us. We will remember Prof. Verwey as a gentle, cheerful and insightful presence in, and at SACOMM. Her contributions to the field and to our community cannot be overstated.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to her bereaved family, friends, colleagues and students. A memorial service for Prof Verwey will take place at the Weltevreden Dutch Reformed Church, 1140 Cornelius Street, Weltevredenpark on Wednesday 4 December 2019 at 11:00.

SACOMM is deeply sorrowed and much poorer for the loss of this wonderful woman.

CFP: Film in history / History in film Conference


2-4 April 2020

The South African film industry has a long history, albeit racially fractured, uneven and inconsistent.  Since the introduction of Edison’s kinetoscope in 1895, the film industry and a film culture has become deeply entrenched in South African cultural, political and social life.  The historical development of the South African film industry, and in particular pre- and post-1994 state intervention by means of funding mechanisms, offers a rich site of exploration of South African racial and cultural politics, as well as ideological, aspirational and idealised self-representations in film.  Cinema as both a text and a set of practices and activities which are constantly intervening in society, makes cinema an actor in the ‘maintenance, mutation and subversion of systems of power’. Within this framing, film is read and analysed in history and as source of history; in shaping and reflecting the context of production and reception, in short, as ‘agent, product and source of history’, according to Marc Ferro.

History is increasingly consumed on film. Indeed, Marc Ferro goes further than many scholars in emphasising the ubiquitous influence of visual representations of the past.  He says, ‘television (and one can include film here) has become a kind of parallel school’, in other words, film as history.  Paula Amad (2010) on the other hand, in arguing for film as counter-archive, positions film as a medium that poses a challenge to the positivist historical methodology and archive with its emphasis on order, scientific objectivity and neutrality as elaborated by Leopold von Ranke.

The conference seeks to engage with film in South Africa in the four domains discussed above; film in history, film as source of history, film as history and film as counter-archive.  The conference aims to bring together South African and international scholars working broadly in the domain of film and history in and about South Africa.  The conference is open to all scholars whose research interest is film and visual studies from a historical perspective, including research interests in the historical development of cinema (in the South African national, comparative and/or global contexts), cinema culture, audiences, festivals and reception, technologies and the business of filmmaking as well as historians working with film as history, film in history and film as [counter]archive.

Select conference papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume

Abstracts for presentations are invited in the following broad thematic areas:

  1. Histories of the development of the South African film industry (‘national’, ‘ethnic’ and comparative)
  2. Film and nation-building in pre- and post-1994 South Africa
  3. State intervention in the film industry in pre- and post-1994 South Africa (state subsidies, the NFVF, censorship)
  4. Audiences and reception
  5. Film festivals
  6. South African film scholarship
  7. Archives, counter-archives and film (the South African National Film, Video and Sound Archives)
  8. Film, heritage and tourism

Film Screenings

The conference will include film screenings of select films from the South African National Film, Video and Sound Archives and short films produced by University of Pretoria History students.  Filmmakers are also invited to submit their own productions for consideration.


A select number of original research papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume of essays.


Abstract deadline:  20 January 2020

Abstracts can be submitted to

Acceptance responses: 7 February 2020

Publication-ready papers to be submitted by 17 April 2020

Inquiries can be directed to:

Ian Macqueen:

Glen Ncube:

Nisa Paleker:

Dr G Paleker

Senior Lecturer

Department of Historical and Heritage Studies

Tel: 012 420 2264


CFP: Journal of African Cinemas & The Conversation

The Journal of African Cinemas (JAC) is working with arts editor Charl Blignaut at The Conversation to increase exposure of African films in its pages.  The aim is to recruit short journalistic articles for The Conversation, which can in due course be repurposed into longer reviews of films and even articles for JAC – or anywhere. 

Also, current and recently published academic articles in JAC, Critical Arts,  or any journal, could be revised in short form for submission to The Conversation (TC), and linked to the published article.  This mechanism has been shown to  massively increase readers and citations of the original article first published in the academic journal. TC’s aim, of course, is to popularize academic work for the wider public and thereby to demonstrate its social relevance. 

Anyone interest to please contact Charl direct, or submit a pitch on The Conversation website.  Please cc me so we can track the impact of this call.  Charl Blignaut

Journal of African Cinemas:

Critical Arts:

The Conversation:

This notice is endorsed by the SACOMM Screen Studies interest group.

CFP: Black Panther

Beschara Karam (University of South Africa); Mark Kirby-Hirst (Open Window) and Rory du Plessis (University of Pretoria)

In light of the hugely successful, and critically acclaimed, film release of the film Black Panther (Coogler 2018); as well as the debates surrounding the film, this Call for Chapters is dedicating a book to this very pertinent film. The film focuses on the themes Afrofuturism; of identity; dehumanisation; feminism; alienation; and reclamation. It also allows for the exploration of other themes integral to the experience of Africa and the Diaspora, including (but not limited to) slavery; apartheid; othering; marginalisation; history; colonisation; post-colonisation; memory; trauma; and, decolonisation (see Karam and Kirby-Hirst 2019).

We are therefore looking for original contributions from researchers working on any aspect of Black Panther; including the comic books and graphic novels upon which the film is based. Please send an extended abstract (of between 300 – 500 words maximum, excluding sources) outlining your chapter to reach us no later than 17th December 2019: For more information, please contact: Professor Beschara Karam 012 429 6323 / beschara