CFP: Critical Arts Journal Special Issue - Celebrity and Protest in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle

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Call for Papers
November 15, 2017
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Sociology

Guest editors: Prof. Louise Bethlehem, The European Research Council Project APARTHEID-STOPS, Dr. Tal Zalamnovich The European Research Council Project APARTHEID-STOPS.

Deadline for submission: 15 November 2017

We invite submissions to a special issue of Critical Arts focusing on the role of celebrities and celebrity culture in the anti-apartheid struggle. In contrast to the resolutely Northern or metropolitan orientation of the existing scholarship on celebrity culture and political protest, we seek to broaden the conversation both in terms of location and the range of topics. 

Possible themes include (but are not restricted to) the following:

  • The effects of celebrity involvement in framing apartheid
  • Celebrities as intermediary figures between the state, the market and individuals
  • The changing forms of celebrity and protest – and celebrity intervention – over time,  especially in light of development of mass media and other technological changes
  • The interplay between celebrity, solidarity and advocacy
  • Celebrity and neoliberal protest/‘neoliberal optimism’ 
  • The relationship between celebrity and exile (among South African performers)
  • The interplay between celebrity and religion
  • The role of celebrity in the sphere of moral diplomacy
  • “Lifestyle protest” – what is the role and impact of protest activities such as protest concerts; the consumption of cause-related music albums, etc.
  • Celebrities as distractions offered by the culture industry 
  • The relationship between celebrity industries and the development of anti-apartheid organizations  
  • The role of public intellectuals as celebrities in the anti-apartheid movement
  • The role of celebrities in relation to contemporary Africa-related humanitarian, development or rights-based solidarity

    For the full call, please see:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Contributors are invited to participate in an international workshop “Celebrity and Protest in Africa and in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle” at the University of Copenhagen which will take place between 29-31 October, 2018. The workshop is a joint collaboration between The European Research Council Project APARTHEID-STOPS, “The Perception of Apartheid in Western Europe 1960-1990” Research Cluster, and the Centre of African Studies of the University of Copenhagen. For more information on the workshop, contact Dr. Tal Zalmanovich:

Submitting Applications

Applicants are requested to send in an abstract of their research project (up to 1000 words) and a short CV by 15 November 2017 via our website:

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