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20 August 2021
“COVID-19 Humour in Africa”
Since its emergence in the last quarter of 2019, COVID-19 (also SARS-CoV-2) is both a disease and a ravisher of the gains from all aspects of human endeavour, impacting heavily on the fibre of human civilization, while hollowing out impressive human civilities. As a result, the world has focused not so much on the human comedic responses to this pandemic as on its grave consequences such as deaths. Yet comedic expressions and figurative creations epitomizing the condition of Africans – the government and the people – abound. Responding to a mix of variables such as poverty, inadequate health care, previous experience with Ebola and the news of high death rate from the disease in Europe and the Americas, African comedians have expressed their concerns in different semiotic media. Their humour intersects with African performative art, poetic expression, oral literature and the new media modes. Joke-making, it seems, has become a major strategy for ventilating the unsavoury news of the approach and presence of the brutal COVID-19 in the midst of utter unpreparedness and scantiness of ways of handling. This proposal therefore seeks well researched papers on the occurrence of this phenomenon and its humouristic mediation across Africa and beyond from scholars, who have tracked these verbal expressions and creations on the streets, balconies, hospitals, the internet, blogs, lockdown protest posters, graffitis, cartoons, skits, magazines, newspapers and other numerous (un)traditional media and modes.
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Manuscripts should also focusing on the above SARS-CoV-2 humour across modes and media they should conform to the 7th edition of the Chicargo style sheet and typed in Times New Roman font, 12 point, double spaced, not exceeding 5000 words. All manuscripts should reach the special issue editor: Professor Ignatius Chukwumah, Department of English and Literary Studies, Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria, [email protected], via email on or before 20 August 2021. Accepted papers will be published in a Special Issue of the English Academy Review 38(2)2021.
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