Cultural Capital for African Films
This is a call for papers for a panel to be held at the African Studies Association (ASA) annual conference in San Diego, CA, from November 19 to 22 2015.
Paper proposals discussing how cultural capital accrues to African films locally and transnationally are welcome. Responses to questions such as the following are of particular interest: To what extent does some of the commentary regarding the impact of international prizes on directions in African literature also apply to African films and other media production? How relevant are terms like the postcolonial exotic to theorizing about the cultural capital accruing to African films within and outside Africa in the 21st century? In what ways have strategies for acquiring cultural capital for African film changed? How might continental-based award events (African Academy Movie Awards, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice) and continental based film festivals (Fespaco, Durban International Film Festival) be narrowing (or expanding) aesthetic and ideological gaps between ‘art films’ and ‘commercial films”? In what ways, if any, does the state participate in, or frustrate the acquisition of cultural capital for African films today? Analyses of films that have been shortlisted at different types of award events are also welcome. Please submit 250-word abstracts no later than March 1 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org with ASA Panel in the subject line.
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