Cultural Studies has evolved and continues to evolve primarily along regional lines. However uncomfortable this might be, the genie of British cultural studies cannot be returned to the bottle of history. Thus, national versions of cultural studies have arisen in a few African countries. This book engages two critical and seemingly contradictory tasks: i) to contribute to the development of cultural studies from the perspectives of African experiences and indigenous frames of reference; and ii) to examine these in terms of transnational trajectories of the field in ways that do not reduce them to one or other context. Much cultural studies remains concerned with Texts, often disconnected from their contexts. For the authors published here, the contexts include African philosophies, cosmologies and ontologies. It includes the writings of both residential natives and those who have re-located to the diaspora, a spread that opens conversations with international approaches that both include and exclude African experiences and work. This anthology juxtaposes many different kinds of cultural studies done in different parts of the world as a means of creating a global dialogue around the signifier of ‘Africa’. This book was published as a special issue of Cultural Studies.
Table of Contents
1. African Cultural Studies Keyan G. Tomaselli & Handel Kashope Wright
2. Africanicity in Black Cinema: A Conjunctural Ground for New Expressions of Identity Boulou Ebanda de B'beri
3. Beyond the Tradition/Modernity Dialectic: African Nationalist Subjectivities in South African Print and Visual Culture of the Early Twentieth Century Lize van Robbroeck
4. The New 'Flaneur': Subaltern Cultural Studies, African Youth in Canada and the Semiology of In-Betweenness Awad Ibrahim
5. Outliving Generations: Youth Traversing Borders Through Popular Music in Everyday Urban Life in East Africa Fibian Kavulani Lukalo
6. 'Surviving the Future': Towards a South African Cultural Studies Natasha Distiller
7. 'Facekuerade': The Transformational Duality in Ebira-Ekuechi Festival Performance Sunday Ododo
8. Europe and African Thought Systems and Philosophies of Education: 'Re-Culturing' the Trans-Temporal Discourses Ali A. Abdi
9. An African Presence in Europe: Portraits of Somali Elders Glenn Jordan
Keyan Tomaselli is Senior Professor and Director of the Centre for Communication, Media and Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. He is editor of Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies and co-editor of the Journal of African Cinemas.
Handel Kashope Wright is Canada Research Chair – Cultural Studies, and Director, Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, University of British Columbia.