KUJUA Journal Issue 3 CFP: Social Movements and Protest Actions in Africa

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Call for Papers
May 20, 2021
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Social History / Studies, Human Rights

The African Studies Students' Association (ASSA) Editorial Board invites academics, students, activists and independent researchers to submit proposals to the KUJUA Journal Issue 3. KUJUA is a Swahili word meaning “to know”. KUJUA, Journal of The African Studies Students' Association, Ibadan, is a peer-reviewed, open access academic online journal, launched in 2019 (ISSN: 2796-4797), which publishes current research, review articles, poetry and essays by academics, undergraduate, MA and PhD students, as well as starting independent researchers. 

This journal published by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, with the support of French Institute of Research in Africa at Nigeria (Institut français de recherche en Afrique au Nigéria), IFRA-Nigeria, offers an accessible platform for sharing interdisciplinary explorations from researchers and students at any stage in their research. With this issue, KUJUA is looking for submissions on a broad range of topics related to social movements and protest actions in Africa. 

In the last decade, and particularly in 2020, with the implications of the pandemic, Africa experienced an upsurge in protest activities against rape and assault, police brutality, LGBT+ discrimination, school shootings and kidnaps, misogynist, and oligarchical governance and more. From the END SARS protests in Nigeria to the anti-rape protests in Liberia, protestsagainst police brutality in Nairobi, protests against the killing of school children in Cameroon, anti-corruption protests in Zimbabwe, student protests in South Africa and more, the struggles for freedom and justice are facilitated by collective action and changing faces of mobilisation. New energies, strategies and methodologies transformed protest activities. Likewise, technology, music and film, literary traditions and social media rapidly became tools to amplify and support re-imaginations of democracy, gender relations, power relations, intergenerational collaboration, and transnational solidarity. With the online and offline mobilising triggering some victories as well as narratives of repression and tragedies, this issue seeks submissions on how social movement actors have responded to Africa’s multifaceted crises and the effects on varied aspects of society.

Several types of papers are invited for this issue, including scholarly articles  (submissions should not exceed 6000 words);  poetry submissions;  essays and book reviews  (1500 - 2500 words).

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Policing, Violence and Repression Against Public Protests
  • Social Protest Actors and The Changing Faces of mobilization
  • Outcomes/Consequences of Social Movements and Protest Actions (Political, Individual, Cultural and Policy-Related)
  • Government Resistance and Social Backlash Against Public Protests
  • Implications of Governments Co-Opting Social Activism Agendas 
  • Effects of Social Movements and Protest Actions on Aspects of Society (The Economy, Politics, Family, etc.)
  • Implications of Public Protests on Popular Support for Social Movements
  • Feminist Organising and Protest Activities
  • Gender Relations in Social Movements
  • Transnational Solidarity and Protest Actions in Africa
  • Intergenerational Collaboration Within Social Protest Movements
  • Music/Performance/Literary Traditions and Public Protest Actions
  • Memory and Knowledge Production in Social Protest Movements
  • Overlapping of Global Power Dynamics and Africa’s Crisis Issues
  • Social Movements and Embedded Agency inTechnology, Finance, Law, Journalism,  Healthcare

Submission Guidelines

Priority Deadline: May 20th, 2021

Please send a short abstract (no longer than 300 words) and a bio (no longer than 50 words) in an email attachment to kujuajournal@gmail.com.
Include your provisional title, name, contact details, institutional affiliation and type of paper submitted. Please title submissions: Lastname_shorttitle. 
If accepted, you will be expected to turn in a first draft by July 15th, 2021. You can find additional information about KUJUA on assauijournals.com.

Contact Info: 

Ololade Faniyi, KUJUA Journal Editor-in-Chief: kujuajournal@gmail.com

ASSA email: assauinigeria@gmail.com

KUJUA submission email: kujuajournal@gmail.com

KUJUA website: assauijournals.com

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