Through the Prism of Popular Culture: Living Extractivisms in the Gulf of Guinea (Panel for ASAUK in Cardiff, Sep 2020)
Call for Papers
September 8, 2020
African History / Studies, Anthropology, Environmental History / Studies, Film and Film History, Popular Culture Studies
Our panel (co-organised with David Pratten at Oxford and Paul Ugor at Illinois), entitled “Through the Prism of Popular Culture: Living Extractivisms in the Gulf of Guinea,” has been accepted as part of a stream of panels sponsored by AFRICA: Journal of the International African Institute, the premier journal devoted to the study of African societies and culture. These panels will be part of the forthcoming biannual conference of the African Studies Association in the United Kingdom (ASAUK), from 8-10 September 2020 at Cardiff University Cardiff (see the link here: http://www.asauk.net/asauk-2020/).
Our panel focuses on states within the Gulf of Guinea. This is an expansive area covering the northeastern part of the tropical Atlantic Ocean of West Africa and comprises Anglophone, Francophone and Hispanophone countries totaling 15 states (including Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe, Congo Republic, DR Congo, and Angola). Extractivism (crude oil, diamond, gold, coal, copper, rubber, etc.) is an important feature of everyday life in all these countries and we seek contributions that examine how on popular cultural forms (popular music, movies, literary productions, theatre, stories in the mass media, etc.) are used to narrate life under such conditions of extractivism.