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Cinema in colonial Africa

Convenors:
Charles Ambler (University of Texas, El Paso)
James Burns (Clemson University)
Discussant:
Charles Ambler
Stream:
Literature, media and the visual arts
Location:
G2
Start time:
11 September, 2006 at 14:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

none

Long abstract:

These papers explore the emergence of cinema culture in Colonial Africa. They focus on cinema houses as novel spaces in African cities. They reveal the role of cinema culture in constituting new urban identities. They also explore the place of commercial cinema in shaping African conceptions of modernity, domesticity, and masculinity in a colonial context. The papers draw on colonial archives, newspapers, journals, and personal interviews to throw new light on a little known, but important aspect of urban life in colonial Africa.