MON 11 April 2022
Venue: Online

For inquiries, contact:
Journal Work Academy (Carli Coetzee)

Organisers: African Studies Association of Africa in collaboration with the African Studies Association UK
Funded by The British Academy

Pre-conference workshop: Journal Work Academy

Summary: The Journal Work Academy will involve structured sessions of practical exercises and collaborative work. The participants will be divided into “editorial teams”, and each team will work with one or two editors and with one or more senior scholars. In the simulated journal office, we shall constitute our editorial boards. Each journal team will write a short mission statement that reflects on the chosen theme(s) and will formulate the joint project and members will read and comment on one another’s abstracts (not on the full papers at this session). Scholars will provide guided feedback to one another’s work (following the protocols developed in the Journal Work Academy). Each author will receive detailed feedback from the others in the group, as well as one-on-one feedback from senior scholars and journal editors. This has the aim of improving individual papers, but also of strengthening future scholarly networks and building intra-African networks of collaboration.

This workshop will support the work of editors and editorial boards and contribute to training the next generation of peer reviewers and journal editors, in collaboration with senior scholars and editors based at African institutions.

Rationale: The outcome of the Journal Work Academy will be to create resources that can be adapted to different contexts, enabling tailored capacity building from the ground up. Participants will have the benefit of discussing their work with their peers from other institutions and thinking of their individual projects in terms of networked intellectual debates and future collaborations. The seminar-style format encourages collaborative work and understands journal publishing not simply as a step to career advancement but as an engaged and contextual scholarly practice. Through the collaborations between journal editors and the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA), publishing cultures become a central part of a future-oriented academy.


Monday 11 April

Universities and knowledge economies

  • The MSSN educational programs for women in Northern Nigeria – Adeyemi Balogun
  • Interrogating students struggles and other dirty secrets over toilet access – Kolawole Charles Omotayo
  • Elitist and popular ideological forms in selected Nigerian campus novels – Kayode Kofoworola
  • Campus movements and student revolutionaries: Imagining Haile Selassie I University in Tower in the Sky – Luleadey Worku
  • Researching migrants from African countries during the COVID-19 pandemic in Cape Town, South Africa, Reflections – Tamuka Chekero

Media and archives

  • Kutuma Salamu on VOK (Voice of Kenya) Radio: The performance of Luhya social identities before the age of the internet on public service radio in Kenya in the 1970s and 1980s – Maureen Amimo
  • Going superstitious and blaming the invisible ‘other’: A linguistic appraisal of social media posts on the infamous ‘Village People’ – Ebuka Igwebuike
  • Humour as a political category in Mini Devils – John Wakota
  • Where “Maga” falls, “Guyman” go wack: Scamming strategies of tortoise in selected Igbo trickster tales – Uchechukwu Madu
  • Memory collector in The Colonial Metropolis: “Agwa’s London Diary” and representation in African travel/ sojourning narratives – Kwame Osei-Poku

Tuesday 12 April

Youth and identities

  • Youth, associational life and civic engagement in northern Cameroon – Simon Kevin Baskouda Shelley
  • Social dream drawing: An action research methodology to study student leadership toward social justice – Neo Pule
  • Being human amid slavery and abuse – Philomina Mintah
  • Representing community stability in liminal spaces in secondary competition music performance in Uganda – Isaac Tibasiima
  • Baswahili and Kinois in Cape Town: Ethno-regional identity and refugee papers’ networks – Rosette Sifa Vuninga

Gender and sexualities

  • Edible bodies? The use and hypersexualisation of women in food adverts in Zimbabwe – Gibson Ncube
  • The role of class in shaping sexuality and gender in Maputo city – Sandra Manuel
  • Femicide – Chloe Samala Faux
  • Dissonant encounters: Gendered readings of African/ diasporan alternative archives – Edwina Ashie-Nikoi
  • Nigerian campus fashion/ clothing practices – Morolake Dairo