May’s Calls for & Opportunities… roundup

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Alongside our monthly round-up of ‘other words’ – news on AiW’s radar that isn’t already on the site — we are introducing a new “Calls for” post this month, for opportunities and contributions – academic and creative – collated from various platforms and across our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Do get in touch and let us know if there are any other calls or opportunities that we can feature in our next post, as well as if there are any crossovers, overlaps, productively inter-generating and co-productive conversations between them that we can help to make visible and draw out…

Our Contact Us page has all the details you need, or catch us on our SMs.


Scholarly & Academic – CFPs and CFAs

Jobs & Roles

Job opportunity: full-time Lecturer in World Literatures & Publishing (Education and Research), Exeter University, UK. Deadline: 14 June 2021.



The African Studies Review is calling for new Associate Editors to join their editorial team. Applications will be reviewed on 01 July, 2021.

ASR Call for Associate Editors



Conferences & Events

The call for panels for the African Studies Association of Africa biennial conference is now open! The conference will take place in Cape Town, SA in 2022.

The theme of the conference is – African and the Human: Old questions, new imaginaries.


The 2021 BARAZA Swahili studies conference at SOAS will be held virtually in October this year. Send your abstracts before 31 August: 


Call for papers: Science Fiction: Activism and Resistance Conference. Deadline: 30 June.


9-11 September 2021, online

Keynote Speakers: Grace Dillon, Radha D’Souza

Guest Creators: Jeannette Ng, Rivers Solomon, Neon Yang

In an age when Me Too, Black Lives Matter, Decolonise the Curriculum, Refugees Welcome, and movements for global solidarity with oppressed populations have become part of mainstream discourse, it is vital to re-examine the relationship between activism, resistance and the mass imagination vis-a-vis science fiction. As a genre dedicated to imagining alternatives, science fiction is an inherently radical space which allows for diverse explorations of dissent. It is, also, a space that has been rightfully critiqued for its historic inequities favouring white cishet men (as recently addressed by Jeanette Ng during the 2019 Hugo Awards among others). There needs to be reckoning with how precarious bodies engage in activism and resistance in the context of their material realities and restrictions.


Books, Journals, Special Issues & Edited Collections

Call for papers: edited book on Re-centering Cultural Performance and Creative Practice in Post-colonial Africa. Deadline: 15 July


Call for Papers for an edited comparative volume devoted to the study of Street Art in the Global South. Deadline for abstracts: 15 June


Creative-Critical – Makers & Producers


Call for submissions: Jozi Film Festival 2021. Deadline: 23 July.

2021’s festival will open on Friday, 17th September and like 2020, be a hybrid of both a virtual festival and well as physical screenings.

“We looking forward to seeing how filmmakers have responded to the global pandemic and how that is reflected in the films that are submitted to us,” says Lisa.

All entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway


Competitions for Writers

Cli-Fi workshop and competition Africa@2050 – the Centre for Energy Ethics at the University of St Andrews in collaboration with the Centre for Climate Change & Sustainability Studies at the University of Ghana are launching a climate fiction writing competition and workshop for African writers.  Check out the submission for entries here. Competition closes 18 June 2021.


Poetry Africa calls for submissions of poems – deadline June 16.

To commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising on June 16, the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu Natal invites young poets to submit their poems as part of their competition. The winning poem will win a prize of R3 000, will be included in the Poetry Africa anthology that will be published in celebration of the festivals 25th year this year and will be invited as one of the participants invited to perform at the 25th Poetry Africa Festival.

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Musicians, composers, performers

Also at the Centre for the Creative Arts (CCA) at the School of the Arts in the College of Humanities at the University of Kwazulu-Natal – launch of the new “Cabaret and Beyond” Festival 2021. Music theatre composers, writers and creatives are invited to apply now! Deadline for applications: 06 June


And also on our radar for London-based marketing exec:

London-based Saqi Books is looking for a publicity and marketing executive. Apply by 07 June:


Thank you all for reading, and for being here with us. As we said at the head of the post, if there are academic, scholarly or creative, critical calls for… or any other opportunities that you’d like to see featured on the site, or if you’d like to connect up and we can help, in any way – don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our Contact Us page has all the details you need, or catch us on our SMs.

To read our monthly round-up and wrap for May’s news from across our SM – check out “And other words…” here.


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