Call for Proposals
Black and African-Oriented Media: Content, Audience Reception, and Global influence
Black media outlets have been a significant pillar of community and identity for African Americans in the United States. Currently production, distribution, and representation have seemingly increased with the success of programs like Empire, Black-Ish, Shonda Rhimes’ programs and a host of films starring Black leads. However, according to a recent New York Times article (Embers and Sandos, 2016) Black ownership has also been decreasing in recent times. This same trend can be said of some African produced media (Karikari, 2010); while ownership of print outlets is decreasing, there is also a growth in broadcast, film and music production as well as its global reach. Previous seminal work and collections including those of Beretta E. Smith-Shomade, Robin Means Coleman, Venise T. Berry, and Catherine Squires have led the way in giving voice to Black American oriented media. An aim of this project, however, is to provide a space for which both African and Black American media are explored. The purpose of this edited volume is to gather literature which explores media created by members of the African diaspora, examines its relationship with diasporic audiences as well as its impact on mainstream culture in general. In addition, this volume will catalogue interdisciplinary research on the topic of Black and African diasporic media, as well as establish media produced by African and African Americans as a significant site to explore questions of identity, culture, audiences and cultural influence. Case studies, essays, and research (accessible to a broad audience) from a diverse range of methodologies and disciplines are welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, analysis of Black/African-oriented media content (e.g. film, television, print, music), critiques of industries that impact Black/African-oriented media, globalization of Black/African oriented products, transnational audiences, audience reception, psychological effects, and its relation to Black and African’s identity and socio-cultural experience. For more possible examples see tentative outline below. Adjustments may be made depending on submissions.
African Diasporic-Oriented Media and Consumers (working title)
Foreword: Catherine Squires
Introduction: Omotayo Banjo Adesagba
News and Print Media
– Traditional print media (e.g. magazines, newspapers), its relationship to Black/African diasporic communities, framing, storytelling and/or effects
– Cultural impact of broadcast or online news or social media (e.g. Black Twitter) that relate to Black/African diasporic communities
– Influence of Black or African disaporic literary work on diasporic communities and mainstream culture (e.g. Beyonce and Warsan Shire)
– Success and/or audience reception to “Black Films” in the United States
– Success and/or audience reception to television shows created by African/African Americans or other members of the diaspora
– Representation of Blacks and Africans in film and television in Black/African-oriented media.
Radio and Music
– Black radio stations and community relations (especially during Black Lives Matter and/or political movements)
– Influence of African music or on popular culture
– Responses and/or effects of Hip Hop and R&B music in U.S. and/or abroad
– Portrayals of Blacks or Africans in Black/African media content
– Music collaborations between Black /African diasporic music artists (e.g. Akon, Damian Marley, Wizkid, Don Jazzy)
– Identification or cultural connection to Black/African diasporic-produced media
1. Deadline for chapter proposals (approx. 500 words excluding citations): September 1, 2016.
2. Submissions should adhere to APA Style created in MSWord or RTF.
3. Include a cover page with all of the author’s’ contact information, key terms, and a abridged c.v. for each author.
4. Submit proposals to Omotayo (Banjo) Adesagba via email to omotayo.banjo[at]uc.edu with “African Diaspora Media” in the subject line.
5. If selected, your chapter submissions must be original works of 3000-6000 (estimate) words, references included. Chapter deadline: January 15, 2017.