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 –

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 

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).


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)

No later than 27 August 2020


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Seminar & Book Launch

University of Johannesburg School of Communication

in collaboration with the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Studies (JIAS)

DATE Friday, 17 July
TIME 16:00 -18:00
VENUE Zoom / Virtual


Media Studies: Critical African and Decolonial Approaches (Oxford University Press, 2019)

Sarah Chiumbu (University of Johannesburg) Mehita Iqani (University of the Witwatersrand)

Tanja Bosch (University of Cape Town)
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A Post- Doctoral fellowship position has become vacant in the Department of Communication, at the University of Fort Hare, Alice Campus.

Eligibility criteria are:

  • Doctoral Degree in Communication; not older than 5 years;
  • Internal /External permanent staff members do not qualify for this programme, irrespective of where the doctorate was obtained
  • Applicants must be South African Citizens or holders of SA Permanent Residence
  • This is a full-time 1 year contract fellowship @ R250 000 per annum non-taxable with a possibility to renew. Areas of specialisation:

This Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (PDRF) will be hosted under the Developmental Communication Research Group within the Communication Department at the University of Fort Hare, Alice Campus. The Project aims at conducting cutting-edge research focusing on development communication related issues, especially issues around the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Key Performance Areas / Expectations:

  • The successful Postdoctoral Fellow is required to produce at least three peer-reviewed research articles in DHET accredited journals during the tenure of the fellowship.
  • It is believed that the expertise of the PDRF will surely contribute to the research productivity of this research group, postgraduate students as well as the Department. To apply for the above fellowship: Candidates who meet the criteria are invited to forward an application with a motivational letter, updated CV, and certified copies of their academic/professional certificates to: Prof. O.O. Osunkunle ( ) Due date for application: July 9, 2020

Don’t Panic

The Premise • Why is Don’t Panic Important?

It is a rough time especially for our little ones. We have created a free Motion Book to explain this situation to our children. People lose their jobs, stay in quarantine, kids can’t go to school or even play outside with their friends. Download the Madefire Motion Book App and read the animated comic on your mobile device for free. The book is currently available in 15 languages with more scheduled.

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• Reading with Voice Youtube (English) : x9IpUN2EmuE

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The Cauldron Web: (PDF &Flash enabled web browser)

Media Coverage
SAFM Radio interview for Don’t Panic. April 27 2020 – Web Articles:

  • Webinair : HELPING CHILDREN TO COPE WITH THEIR FEARS ABOUT COVID-19 chaired by Professor Deevia Bhana DATE : Wednesday, 08 July 2020 TIME : 16h00 – 17h00 (GMT+2) Topic ‘Helping children learn through visual storytelling enabled by new technologies.’
    Register: “Why stories ? Because the soul’s way of communicating is to teach.” (Campbell, 1968)

Dear SACOMM Community

Earlier this year we sent out an email announcing that we would delay the Call for Papers for our yearly conference due to the COVID-19 virus and restrictions surrounding it. We strive to make decisions that prioritise your safety and wellbeing. We also have to contend with realities around what is possible for the ExCo, Local Organising Committee and members in what is left of the year.

With due regard for its importance, ExCo has decided to postpone this year’s conference. We will strive to have the conference in Limpopo next year (all factors permitting). This does not mean that the activities of SACOMM will cease.

Virtual Activities: We will send out a questionnaire soon, in which you will be able to indicate what interest group(s) you want to be engaged in this year. Interest group convenors will schedule virtual sessions/activities with their constituents, as possible.

The AGM: Our Annual General Meeting will continue virtually. More information on this will follow in due course, but it will most likely take on the form of a Microsoft Teams Live Event, which you will be able to join via a link. The date for the AGM is set for Tuesday evening 29 September (17:30 to 19:30), to take into consideration the many activities that members have to attend to during the day.

Membership: Allowing for the impact that COVID-19 has had on institutions’ and individuals’ spending power, ExCo has decided to roll over all 2019 membership fees for another year. This means that if you were a member in good standing in 2019 (i.e. you attended the 2019 conference, or paid your membership fees directly to our Administrator), you automatically stay a member for 2020. Membership is renewable ahead of our 2021 Conference. If you were not a member in 2019, but wish to become one now, you will be able to do so for a reduced fee of R100 for the year.

We thank you for your continued support. SACOMM stays committed to fulfilling its duties in a manner that prioritises its members and its values. We will see each other soon virtually and in person at #SACOMM2021.

Call for Chapters: Social media driven journalism in the global south: The past, present and the future

There has been considerable research looking at the potential of new media technologies, traditional journalism and citizen reporting. The extent to which these new media technologies and ‘citizen journalism’ have morphed or reconfigured traditional journalism practice remains debatable. Recently, there has been questions around the limits of social media in journalism practice as the ethical lines continue to become blurred. It is this conundrum of the role of social media in the reconfiguration of the political economy of the media and news production practices that requires more investigation. On one hand, social media allows citizen journalists or amateur journalists to articulate themselves in their own language challenging the hegemony the mainstream media enjoyed for a long time. However, the flip side is that most content posted on social media does not go through ethical checks which has consequences for mainstream media that rely on social media for content. Social media has also turned the logic of the political-economy of the media production on its head as citizens can now produce, package and distribute news and information with shoestring budgets and in authoritarian regimes with no license of practice. This new political-economy means the power that special interest groups used to enjoy is increasingly slipping from their hands as citizens take back the power to appropriate social media journalism to counter hegemonic narratives. Citizens can also perform journalistic roles of investigating and whistle-blowing but with lack or limited regulation, this becomes a murky area of traditional journalism practice. In this proposed edited collection, we call for chapters with interest in case studies of news media employing and integrating social media into their news production practices. The volume attempts to link social media use to journalistic practices and news production processes in the digital age of the Global South. Critically, the submissions should look at seminal cases of start-up news media whose content is informed by social media content and trends. Issues of blurred ethics in the era of social media journalism is of importance as unlicensed and to an extent untrained journalist publish information with no regard to the code of ethics. Contributions are not limited to the suggested areas below:

· Use of social media content in traditional journalism sectors
· The meaning of interferences of technology and audiences to professional journalism
· Ethics in the use of social media content
· Survival strategies and alternative media in the global south
· Political economy of social media
· Digital journalism start-ups
· Meanings of citizens’ contributions to mainstream journalism
· Meanings of citizens’ debating of mainstream journalism production processes/products
· Meanings of citizens’ critiques of mainstream journalism
· Power dynamics in social media driven mainstream journalism
· Counterhegemonic and hegemonic enterprises in news production, consumption in social media driven journalism.

Please email chapter proposals of up to 500 words in length, as well as brief author biographical information, to the volume editors at and

These should be sent through by the 15th of July 2020. Decisions on proposals will be made and communicated to authors early August, 2020. The series editors of Palgrave Studies in Journalism and Global South have indicated interest to publish this volume.