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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Critical African Studies

For a Special Issue on
Limits and prospects of African humour

Abstract deadline
28 February 2022

Manuscript deadline
15 July 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Izuu Nwanko, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
[email protected]

Rike Sitas, University of Cape Town
[email protected]

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Limits and prospects of African humour

This is an open call for papers for a special issue of Critical African Studies that will focus on the prospects and limitations of African humour. By this, the editors expect papers that discuss the various ways in which humour is produced, distributed, and consumed across African and its diasporas. African humour has been largely ignored, especially beyond discourses on joking relationships, regardless of the varied, emerging popular culture comedic genres across the continent. Given that humour is culture-specific, with the implication that the reasons for laughter and how it is evoked differ according to practices and observances among individuals, groups, and communities, there is a need for seeing humour in a fast-globalising world from African perspectives. Within everyday speech, writing, media and performance, Africans deploy various mechanics of humour elicitation which are enjoying global circulation through traditional and new media. A key premise behind this special issue is to create a forum for discussing the wide-ranging permutations of humour generation across the continent especially in the past two decades, specifically taking into cognisance improvements in internet penetration, social media presence, surge in cultural productions, and increased migration of individuals across international borders. The editors prefer discourses that favour interdisciplinary perspectives and outlay unique knowledge about humour practices in different genres within specific communities and locations. Papers that pursue comparative analyses of different laughter forms, emergent traditions, patterns, and genres of humour evocation in Africa are also welcome.

Submission Instructions

We invite scholars to send full papers of a 300-word abstract to [email protected] by no later than 28 February 2022. Full papers are due by 15 July 2022.

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