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CfP Africa, arts and artists facing the emergence of wars: thoughts, poetic mobilizations and creations

Guest editors: Paulo S C Neves (UFABC-Brazil), Denise Dias Barros (USP-Brazil), Aghi Bahi (UFHB-Ivory Coast), Fernanda Almeida (UWC-South Africa)

Deadline for submissions: 31/08/2024

Accepted languages for submissions: Portuguese, English, Spanish, French

The persistent vision we have of Africa is that of a continent riven by wars, injustices and conflicts. Many of these conflicts are the result of multiple tensions inherited from the colonial period or generated by neo-colonialism, tearing the continent into gaping and bloody wounds, sometimes resulting in massacres, coups, civil wars or endemic inequality.

At the same time, however, Africa is also home to a swarm of creative forces and energies that are emerging in different areas of social life: from the artistic and cultural manifestations of the youth, to the committed literary and visual arts, to the socio-economic experiences of different communities.

In a sense, this paradox shows us the challenges not only of Africa, but of contemporary societies marked by the entropies of the project of European modernity, but also by resilience.

Our aim in this special issue is to explore, as Édouard Glissant wished, the expressive forms of cultural identities, their political and cultural substrates, as well as the social movements currently mobilising artistic creation in their ethical-aesthetic and poetic dynamics. Understanding this dynamic means recognising that art is both a mirror of society and a meta-reality in which new possibilities and imaginaries are given meaning and forms of existence.

It is through this dialectic of reflecting and creating reality that we can understand how the arts are consolidated as spaces of tension and catharsis in the face of a world in danger of collapse. Artistic production also serves as a source of utopias of future worlds and critical visions of the present reality. We propose here a special issue that, from an anthropological and ethnographic perspective (but not only), can address and give vent to this dialectical tension between "warring and belligerent" realities, both in terms of open wars and latent and implicit conflicts. A special issue on art in times of war, from the perspective of thought and imagination.

Through this dialectic of mirroring and creating reality, we can understand how the arts are consolidated as spaces of tension and catharsis in the face of a world in danger of collapse. Artistic production also serves as a source of utopias of future worlds and critical visions of the present reality. We propose here a special issue that, from an anthropological and ethnographic perspective (but not only), can address and give vent to this dialectical tension between "warring and belligerent" realities, both in terms of open wars and latent and implicit conflicts. A special issue on art in times of war from the perspective of thought and insurgent creations in African contexts thus encompasses a wide range of thematic and disciplinary possibilities. Although an ethnographic scope is desirable, the special issue is open to contributions from different academic fields (from anthropology to sociology of art, from aesthetics to political science, etc.) and to different analyses of artistic experiences that highlight social, political and economic realities.

The world languages of the contemporary era and the world of creations (produced by artists, curators and collective creation movements) with their poetics of relationships - of bodies and imagination - construct performances and (self)inscriptions in the environment, in urban public spaces and beyond, on the skin of bodies and on countless walls and supports. We look forward to contributions on reflexive and self-reflexive fields that cut across the societies of the African continent in their interconnections, including the politics of expression, market and artistic circulation, as well as practices and agencies of inter(action) and enjoyment of the arts.

Submission rules and section guidelines are available on the journal website (http://cadernosaa.revues.org/). Questions about the suitability of topics, editorial expectations, etc. can be directed to the Guest Editors (pscneves@gmail.com).

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