Calls for & Opportunities… roundup of September’s (2021)

Alongside our sister post, our monthly round-up of ‘other words’ – news on AiW’s radar from our social media feeds, we catch up with our “calls for” posts 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.


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Scholarly & Academic – CFPs and CFAs

Scholarly submissions – Journals, Special Issues & Edited Collections

September saw an exciting call for papers for a Special Issue on “Decolonising the university and the role of linguistic diversity”:

 The deadline for abstract submissions is 05 November 2021.


Please send your abstract (not the paper yet) and queries and ideas to Dr. Msia Kibona Clark at by Monday, the 8th of November. There will be a period of internal review and discussion before formal papers are invited.



  Check out this call for chapters for a book titled  Aesthetics of the Future: The Cinema of Jean-Pierre Bekolo. The book will collect peer-reviewed essays for a critical take on the overall work of Cameroonian filmmaker Jean-Pierre Bekolo.

 “The goal of this edited book is to revisit contemporary approaches in African film criticism by focusing on critical perspectives in Bekolo’s art while expanding a fresh inquiry in the artist’s active engagement with crossing visual, narrative, filmic, theoretical, discursive borders, to name a few; Bekolo’s blurring of (post)modern and postcolonial boundaries with Afrofuturism, for example, highlights the director’s commitment to challenge critical paradigms not only in African filmmaking but also in broader artistic domains.”

Contributors can express their interest by sending a 200-word abstract, a bio blurb with contact information (email, phone number) and institutional affiliation to P. Julie Papaioannou at by the deadline of December 15,

Academic positions

 The Department of African Literature at Wits University in South Africa seeks to appoint an Associate Professor/Full Professor.

The deadline for applications is upcoming, on 15 October

 More details available here:

page-dividerUCT are also advertising for academic posts with tight deadlines…


Sociology, the African Languages Section of the School of Languages and Literatures (isiXhosa), Spanish Language and Literature Section, and Philosophy have openings for lecturer positions, with deadlines between the 17 and 24th October.

See for more info and how to apply (as well as other academic vacancies and those in research, professional, administrative and support staff sections).

page-dividerDon’t miss Fulbright’s Teaching and Research Opportunities for Faculty and Professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa:

With more information here:


For those working in French and/ or Francophone Studies, this opportunity on the African Studies Program at The Pennsylvania State University may be of interest – deadline Dec 1.


Creative-Critical – Makers & Producers

Creative writing submissions

Dgëku magazine is currently receiving submissions. Dgëku is a magazine of writing & arts founded to celebrate and amplify creative works by queer Africans and the diaspora. The magazine editors are looking for submissions that explore the full range of human experiences and tastes. More info:


 The 2022 edition of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize is now open for entries! The annual award is one of the world’s most regarded literary honors for a short story, and recognizes the best piece of unpublished short fiction between 2,000 and 5,000 words in English by a citizen of a Commonwealth country. Regional winners receive £2,500, and the overall winner receives £5,000. The five winning stories will be published online by Granta.

Deadline: 1st November.



The third edition of the Afritondo Short Story Prize is now open for entry. Check out the full guidelines:

Deadline: 15th December.




South Africa’s first Book Cover Design Awards is upcoming! Do you have a favourite? Why not participate! Deadline 01 November.


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.

Don’t forget to check out our monthly wrap for September – a retrospective look back on the things we saw and loved that are still available to view, collated from our social media feeds…

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