Call for CHAPTERS
Beschara Karam (University of South Africa); Mark Kirby-Hirst (Open Window) and Rory du Plessis (University of Pretoria)
In light of the hugely successful, and critically acclaimed, film release of the film Black Panther (Coogler 2018); as well as the debates surrounding the film, this Call for Chapters is dedicating a book to this very pertinent film. The film focuses on the themes Afrofuturism; of identity; dehumanisation; feminism; alienation; and reclamation. It also allows for the exploration of other themes integral to the experience of Africa and the Diaspora, including (but not limited to) slavery; apartheid; othering; marginalisation; history; colonisation; post-colonisation; memory; trauma; and, decolonisation (see Karam and Kirby-Hirst 2019).
We are therefore looking for original contributions from researchers working on any aspect of
Black Panther; including the comic books and graphic novels upon which the film is based.
Contributors are therefore invited to focus on issues and questions such as:
- Interrogating the representations of black identity and culture in Black Panther
- Audience reception studies
- Theoretical issues of film, such as Afrofuturism, with Black Panther as a case study
- The effectiveness of drama and the action genre as strategies to interrogate film and socio-political realities
- Reversing the western cinematic gaze: Africa, the diaspora, and Black Panther.
- Comparative analysis (such as the comics vs the film, or the film vs other Afrofuturistic filmic representations)
- An interrogation of Black Panther and capitalism (challenging Hollywood hegemony)
- Black Panther and it’s aesthetic: art; design; fashion; make-up; geographies/landscapes; and/or architecture as represented in Black Panther
- Gender and Black Panther
- LLGBQIA (ir)representation in Black Panther
- The Hollywood gaze