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[Commlist] cfp: "Call for Chapters: 50 Years of Television in South Africa"
Tue Jan 16 10:01:22 GMT 2024
Call for Chapters: 50 Years of Television in South Africa
Edited by Associate Prof. Sisanda Nkoala & Prof Gilbert Motsaathebe
Proposed Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
The year 2026 will mark 50 years since television was first introduced
in South Africa, a milestone that comes after a uniquely complex and
delayed journey for this influential medium. On January 5, 1976, the
South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was finally allowed to
launch a television service after years of concerns by the apartheid
regime about the potential impact of television. The then government’s
concerns were allayed by the Meyer Commission which was appointed to
investigate the feasibility of a television in the country. Thus, when
television was finally introduced, it was a major event for South
Africans. Now, half a century later, it is necessary to reflect on how
the medium has developed and shaped society in this context.
Thus, this edited volume, 50 Years of Television in South Africa, seeks
to explore the evolution, impact, and future of television in South
Africa. We invite scholars, media practitioners, and researchers to
contribute chapters that deliberate on the multifaceted story of South
African television, engaging with, but not limited to, the following
1. Origins and Early Development:
The political and social context surrounding the introduction of
television in 1976.
The role of the SABC and other broadcasters in shaping early programming
and audience engagement.
The struggle for representational diversity and challenges of censorship
in the apartheid era.
Technological advancements and their impact on television production and
2. Programming and Content Shifts:
The evolution of television genres and formats through the years, from
early news and current affairs to the emergence of diverse local
entertainment and reality shows.
The changing portrayal of race, gender, and class in South African
television programming, reflecting societal shifts and ongoing struggles
The influence of international programming and the development of a
distinct local content identity.
The rise of alternative formats and platforms, including satellite
channels, pay-per-view options, and the recent explosion of streaming
3. Audiences and Engagement:
The changing demographics of television viewers and their evolving
patterns of media consumption across channels and platforms.
The impact of television on social and cultural practices, family
dynamics, and leisure activities in a rapidly transforming society.
The role of television in shaping public opinion, political discourse,
and social movements, both historically and in the contemporary digital age.
The emergence of participatory cultures and audience-driven content
creation in the evolving South African television landscape.
4. Television and languages in a multicultural and multilingual context
Introduction of television services for different language groups
Programmes aimed at different language groups
Television presenters and their contribution to promoting languages
5. The emergence of other role-players in the television industry
The introduction of different television station
How the new television stations challenged the domination of the much
older and conservative SABC
Television services from the homelands
5. Television and Digitality
How television in South Africa embraced digitality
Migration of television broadcasting from analogue to digital technologies
Challenges and opportunities of digital migration
Specific Challenges for Public Broadcasting Services
6. Community Televisions
The introduction of community television channels
7. Industry and Economics:
The changing landscape of the television industry: from state-owned
monopolies to private broadcasters and streaming services.
The role of advertising and sponsorship in shaping television content
and revenue models.
The impact of digital technologies on production, distribution, and
The regulatory environment and its influence on the television industry.
8.. Future of Television in South Africa:
The challenges and opportunities facing South African television in a
world dominated by digital technologies and global media giants.
The potential of television to contribute to social change, education,
and democratic engagement in a diverse and complex society.
The future of local content creation and the sustainability of the South
African television industry in the face of evolving audience preferences
and market forces.
We welcome chapters of 6,000-8,000 words, including references.
All chapters should be original, unpublished work, and adhere to
academic formatting guidelines.
Please submit chapter proposals including a 300-word abstract, a brief
author biography, and relevant contact information. Proposals should be
sent to (sisandankoala /at/ gmail.com) <mailto:(sisandankoala /at/ gmail.com)> by 14
We encourage submissions from a diverse range of voices and
perspectives. We look forward to receiving your contributions and
contributing to a comprehensive and insightful exploration of 50 years
of television in South Africa.
NB: This call for chapters is a starting point, and we are open to
additional themes and propositions that contribute to the overall scope
of the book. We encourage you to be creative and innovative in your
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