STREAM: SPACE, PACE, ACE: NAVIGATING CREATIVE ROOMS FOR PRODUCTIVITY IN AFRICA

STREAM: SPACE, PACE, ACE: NAVIGATING CREATIVE ROOMS FOR PRODUCTIVITY IN AFRICA

As people find ways of dealing with the panoply of challenges that life poses on a daily basis in Africa, they create spaces (advertently or inadvertently) where peculiar thoughts and actions are conceived, operationalized and explored. While this space can be a secluded safe-haven of individual solitude, it can also be an engaging platform which involves group and corporative (inter)action geared towards overcoming specific problems.

Analysis of this space can help to interrogate the understanding we have about many real-life issues, as well as shed considerable light on interesting characteristics about the person or group that occupies it. In this sense, space contributes significantly to the enormous bevy of intellectual discourse on various aspects of identity, phenomenology, nomenclature, social stratification, gender, religion, politics, and so on.

Papers in this stream will engage creative ways in which space is constituted in the light of specific challenges in Africa and how coping mechanisms evolve within the confines of this space. The kinds of space that can be addressed include (but are not limited to): artistic, literary, historical, expressive, geographical, spiritual, physical/absolute and abstract. Papers are invited from various disciplinary backgrounds such as the Performing and Fine Arts, Sociology and Anthropology, History, Religion, Language, Gender Studies, Politics, Sports, Peace and Development Studies as well as other disciplines within the Natural and Physical Sciences where creative use of space in Africa is an issue of concern.

Confirmed Panels

Panel 1:Performing sustainability: cultures and development in West Africa I

Chair: Otchere, Eric Debrah  (University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)

  • Performing Sustainability: Cultures and Development in West Africa, Carl, Florian (University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)
  • ‘We Resolve to Find the Truth.’ Conflict Mediation and Resolution at the Akan Ohemaa’s Court, Amoah, Lydia (Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana | DAAD/SDG Graduate School, Performing Cultures and Sustainabilities in West Africa, Accra, Ghana)
  • Beyond the Propaganda: A Critique of the 2016 Manifestos of the NDC and NPP Towards the Creative Arts in Ghana, Asare, Amos Darkwa (Department of Music and Dance SDG-Graduate School, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)

Panel 2: Performing sustainability: cultures and development in West Africa II

Chair: Carl, Florian  (University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)

  • Shifting Significance and Management of Spaces in Accra Metropolis: Implications for Conservation of Wetland, Osman, Adams(DAAD Performing Sustainability, Hieldesheim, Germany | Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Cape Coast, Ghana)
  • Performing Religion: Unpacking Inter-Faith Dialogues Through Theatre in Ghana, Wissing, Kirsty (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)
  • An Examination of Costume in Contemporary Ghanaian Video Films as a Cultural Space, Dennis, Albert (University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)
  • Probing Spaces of Imaginary Connectedness: On the (Missing) Link Between Creative Universities and the Creative Economy in Ghana, Bello, Madinatu (Music and Dance Department, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, Cape Coast, Ghana)

Panel 3: Beyond cultural spaces: negotiating livelihoods across borders 

Chair: Inusah, Husein (University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)

  • The Ghetto as a Social Space for the Marijuana Culture in Accra, Ghana, Prempeh, Charles (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • ‘The River is not to be Crossed’: Anglo-French Partition and Konkomba Defiance of Colonial Border Controls, 1914 – 1930s, Kachim, Joseph (University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa)
  • Inevitable Dilemma: Examining Work-Life Balance among University of Cape Coast (Ghana) Employees Appiah-Boateng, Sabina (University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)
  • Livelihood Strategies of Teenage Mothers in the Adaklu District of Ghana, Anima, Prisca Ama (University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)

Panel 4: Beyond cultural spaces: Pacing to ace 

Chair: Afolabi, Oluwaseun Olawale (University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria)

  • Food on the Go, Cape Verdean Style: The Everyday Foodscape in Two Cities, Lam, Kaian (University Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Johannesburg’s Walls: Spaces of Creative Challenge, Penford, Tom (University of Johannesburg, Birmingham, United Kingdom)
  • The Impediment to the Construction of Creative and Intellectual Space in Africa: A Philosophical Perspective, Inusah, Husein (University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)
  • Navigating Urban territory: Prostitution and City spaces in Harare, Uledi, Peter (University Of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe)

Panel 5: Along geographic lines: navigating regional city spaces in Africa

Chair: Penfold, Tom (University of Johannesburg, Birmingham, United Kingdom)

  • ‘Mishika-shika’: Navigating the Zimbabwean City Spaces and Representations in Urban Contemporary Music, Tivenga, Doreen Rumbidzai (University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa)
  • “No Road, Service in Progress! Religion and Space Contestation in Urban Nigeria, Afolabi, Oluwaseun Olawale (University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria)
  • “KUDUMBAR”. Space and power in the North Cameroon, Baskouda Shelley, Simon Kévin (The University of Maroua, Maroua, Cameroon)
  • Making Do and Storying the Spatial Multiplicities in Petina Gappah’s Fictional Harare as Portrayed in Selected Stories from Rotten Row, Manase, Irikidzayi (University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, Bloemfontein, South Africa)

 

If you have any queries or suggestions please contact Eric Otchere (eric.otchere@ucc.edu.gh). For panel and paper submissions please follow the instructions on the website  http://www.asauk.net/call-for-papers-and-panels-asauk-2018-now-open/ 

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