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Disabilities in Africa Anthology of Writing

28 March 2021

What does it mean to be a disabled person in Africa today?How do people in Africa with a range of physical and psychological disabilities experience and express their unique sense of embodiment?

The Disabilities in African Contexts Project invites creative submissions for an anthology of original voices around the theme “Alternative Explanations / Alternative Representationsof Disability in Africa”.

Our brief is deliberately non-specific as we wish contributors to respond in whatever way they wish in terms of genre and subject matter. We are open to all genres from poetry to short fiction to creative non-fiction, and everything in-between. Prose pieces should not exceed 5000 words. Contributors may submit work in more than one genre. Please do not submit more than five pieces.


Themes could include, but are not restricted to:

* Stereotypes of disability in Africa;

* Western medicine and traditional beliefs;

* Health and illness in Africa;

* The altered body;

* Love and sexuality in a disabled body;

* Injury; pain; brokenness; recovery;

* Psychological and mental health;

* and so on.

All material must be original and previously unpublished.

Deadline for submissions is 30 April 2021.

Submissions should be sent to Prof Kobus Moolman at

For more information or queries contact Prof Moolman at or Dr Charlotte Baker at

The Disabilities in African Contexts Project is a partnership between stakeholders in Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, South Africa and the UK. The project uses the perspectives of the arts and humanities to share understandings and to diversify the production of representations of people with disabilities through their own words and images. Through publications, workshops, exhibitions and a conference the project not only responds to gaps in scholarship, but the culturally-informed research that will emerge from the project will bring about a step-change in the way in which Disability Studies is approached within and beyond Africa.


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