SHAKESPEARE AND AFRICA: LITERARY ENTANGLEMENTS ACROSS SPACE AND TIME

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
November 6, 2020
Location: 
Germany
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Literature

EDITED BOOK ON SHAKESPEARE AND AFRICA: LITERARY ENTANGLEMENTS ACROSS SPACE AND TIME 

Following on its successful hosting of the international workshop on Shakespeare and/in Africa on  February 19-20 2020, with keynotes from Prof. Jane Plastow (Leeds University) and Prof. Sandra Young (University of Cape Town), the Working Group ‘Shakespearean Pasts, African Futurities: Entanglements of Memory, Temporalities and Knowledge(s)’* plans to publish an edited volume based on workshop papers and other interesting work related to the Group’s research focus. Theoretically informed by postcolonial theory, intersectionality theory, memory studies as well as theories of adaptation and translation, the volume will scrutinize fictional imaginations and (re)conceptualizations of temporalities and futurities in contemporary African and African-Diasporic adaptations of Shakespearean plays as well as (comparatively) in the Shakespearean plays themselves. We invite contributions that address (but are not limited to) the following topics in African and African diasporic contexts: 
▪ Literary re-interpretations of Shakespearean topoi, especially within African nationalist agendas.

▪ Synergies between various forms of literary and cinematic mediations across time and space.

▪ Professional Shakespeare productions. ▪ Shakespeare and (the Language of) translation.

▪ Shakespeare in (and) African literature.

▪ Shakespeare and African orature.

▪ Shakespeare and race (relations).

▪ Shakespeare, African adaptations, and adoptions.

▪ Staging/performing Shakespeare.

▪ The politics and political aesthetics of Shakespeare’s (re)sources.

▪ The postcolonial Shakespeare/theoretical approaches to Shakespeare reception studies.  

▪ The decolonial Shakespeare and the question of curriculum change in the African school/academy.

Chapters should be between 6000 and 7000 words long (excluding references) and should follow APA Seventh Edition (2020) style guidelines. The Editors (who are also the Working Group co-conveners) Drs Ifeoluwa Aboluwade, Serena Talento (Bayreuth University, Germany), Pepetual Mforbe Chiangong (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany) and Oliver Nyambi (University of the Free State, South Africa) are in conversations with Routledge Taylor and Francis (UK) on the possibility of publishing the volume in the Routledge Contemporary Africa Series.  All contributions will be initially reviewed by the Editors before undergoing double-blind external peer reviews. The entire volume will be subjected to a final independent review by the publisher.  


We kindly invite you to submit your chapter contributions, accompanied by a 250-word abstract and separate biographical note of about 150 words, to the volume editors at shakespeareafrica@gmail.com by Friday, 6th November 2020.   

Contacts: Dr Ifeoluwa Aboluwade: Ifeoluwa.Aboluwade@uni-bayreuth.de

Dr Serena Talento: serena.talento@uni-bayreuth.de

Dr Pepetual Mforbe Chiangong: chiangop@cms.hu-berlin.de

Dr Oliver Nyambi: NyambiO@ufs.ac.za

*Situated in the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies at Bayreuth University, Germany, the Working Group ‘Shakespearean Pasts, African Futurities: Entanglements of Memory, Temporalities and Knowledge(s)’ is funded by the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth.