Studies in political communication have entailed “the issues, ideas, policies, personnel, structures, organs/channels, problems, people, messages, and even feedback involved in political activities”. Scholarly works have also pointed how political communication aid “the creation, distribution, use and control of information as a political resource, whether it is done by governments, by organizations like pressure groups or the media, or by individuals”. Across continents, “pure discussion about the allocation of public resources (revenues), ofﬁcial authority (who is given the power to make legal, legislative and executive decision), and ofﬁcial sanctions (what the state rewards or punishes)” have gained so much attention that political communication has enjoyed robust discussions at local, regional and global levels. More often than not it consists of “not only verbal or written statements, but also visual means of signiﬁcation such as; dress, make-up, hairstyle, and logo design, that is all those elements of communication which might be said to constitute a political ‘image’ or ‘identity’”.
While these amongst others have been the crux of discourses in political communication, Olukotun and Omotoso (2017) also contributed an edited volume which brought scholars together to discuss political communication in Africa. As laudable and ground-breaking as these approaches are to this field of study, not much has been done on issues in political communication as they connect with African women and women of African descent. Africa’s political landscape has enjoyed women’s participation, since pre-colonial times (Mba, 1982; Awe, 1992, Tripp, 2006; Nasong’O & Ayot, 2007) with some spaces being more permeable to the influence of women’s movements and women’s agendas than others. Although the level of women’s participation has been questioned, in the light of complexities associated with access, agenda setting and accountability (Gouws & Hassim, 2011), as well as efforts of feminist political actors to foster gender responsive governance in African democracies, yet, not so much has been done from the angle of women communicating politically.
This project is a recognition of roles and powers of women in political communication and how else they communicate politically aside movements and activism. It aims to provide answers to why women do and should participate in politics, at what level and what sort of communication strategies have been employed, is being explored and should be encouraged among women. It aims to highlight feminist intersection of political communication in Africa and African political communication; to provide platforms for evaluating Western crisscross; to question the ideas and ideals which have guided (pre-colonial & colonial), is currently guiding and would/ or should guide women as political actors in Africa,
More recently, women are participating more actively in political issues than ever before as a result of political re-awakening and awareness; their participations are both visible and invisible; actual and imagined as they work in political spheres as women group leaders, political office aspirants or holders, supporters of political parties, spouses, mothers, sisters of political office holders and so on. However, challenges encountered by women in trying to communicate politically have not gained sufficient attention. Some such challenges may include opposition/suppression from their counterparts (male & female), cultural inclinations, socio-economic realities and so on.
Despite the difficulties faced by women in politics, the glamour, humor, bliss and discord they have added to Africa’s political landscape cannot be undermined, it thus calls for critical interrogation of women’s place, roles, strategies and achievements in political communication in Africa. It is on this note that call for chapters is made for proposed book “FEMINIST READINGS OF POLITICAL COMMUNICATION IN AFRICA”.
****The editor is currently speaking on the project with an International Publisher.
Historical issues in African women’s political communication
Theoretical and epistemological issues in feminist political communication
Fashion and fad in Africa’s political communication
Comparative studies of political communication Strategies of Women in Africa
Comparative analysis of feminist political communication within the paradigmatic triad of temporality (Present, past, future).
Challenges of feminist political communication in Africa
Comparative studies of feminist political communication across the African continent.
Culture, Ethnicity and women's political communication in Africa.
Women in the Public versus Private Sphere Debates.
Body politics and political communication in Africa.
Political communication and First Lady Syndrome
Women, Conflict and Political Communication
Political Communication and Women’s Pet Projects
Other related issues
The book will be edited by
Dr. Sharon Adetutu Omotoso,
Coordinator, Women’s Research and Documentation Center,
Institute of African Studies,
University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit
i). Chapter title and abstract of no less than 500 words
ii) Current affiliation and contact
iii) Short Bio of no more than 200 words
to: email@example.com on or before August 31, 2017
- Notification of acceptance: September, 22nd 2017
Deadline for the submission of the manuscript (English; max. 7,000 words): February, 15th 2018
Dr. Sharon Adetutu Omotoso
Coordinator, Women's Research and Documentation Center (WORDOC)
Institute of African Studies,
University of Ibadan