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Title:Special issue: across media: mobility and transformation of cultural materials in the digital age
Editor:Jedlowski, AlessandroISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Media Studies (ISSN 1751-7974)
City of publisher:Bristol
Geographic terms:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
South Africa
Subjects:popular culture
popular music
cultural change
External link:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/jams/2015/00000007/00000001
Abstract:Much of the recent scholarship in both humanities and social sciences sees 'mobility' as a key analytical concept for the understanding of the contemporary world and its transformations. Much of African cultural production, which is in itself highly mobile and circulates both within and beyond the porous borders of the postcolonial African nations, is also a result of mobility. The concept of 'remediation', proposed in the field of new media studies by Jay Bolter and Richard Grusin (2000), can be an interesting tool with which to look at how cultural products move across media and generate new formats, genres and styles. According to Bolter and Grusin's seminal argument, 'no medium today, and certainly no single media event, seems to do its cultural work in isolation from other media, any more than it works in isolation from other social and economic forces' (2000: 15). The six articles included in this special issue all engage with the remediation concept, in order to assess its relevance to the study of African media production and circulation. While all of the articles agree on the potential of this conceptual framework for the analysis of cultural mobility and transformation across media, some of them point to specific limits in Bolter's and Grusin's formulation, and suggest some ideas to better capture the specificity of African media production and circulation in the digital age. Contributions: 'Peeling back the mask': remediation and remix of Kenya's news into popular culture (Duncan Omanga); Remediations of Congolese urban dance music in Kinshasa (Katrien Pype); Targeting urbanites: Nairobi-bred audio-visual narratives in Sheng (Ann Overbergh); Transnationalism and transculturalism as seen in Congolese music videograms (Léon Tsambu); 'Underground' rap performance, informality and cultural production in Dar es Salaam (David Kerr); Media and mobility in South African House music (Tom Simmert). [ASC Leiden abstract]