Call for Chapter Abstracts 
9 October 2023

New Book:  'Internet Shutdowns in Africa: digital rights, repression, and resistance.'

Edited by Felicia Anthonio and Tony Roberts
A collected edition to be published by Zed Books in 2025

Call for abstracts:
We invite abstract submissions for chapters to be included in a collected edition book on the implementation of internet shutdowns and civic responses. 

During contentious elections, protests or conflict some governments switch the internet off, shrinking democratic space, and violating fundamental human rights to access information, to freedom of expression, assembly and association. Internet shutdowns have occurred in at least 37 countries out of Africa’s 55 countries since 2016. In some countries they happen regularly and at predictable times such as elections, protests, during conflicts and even during school exams. 

They are triggered by different perceived threats in different countries. Shutdowns are used as a tactic of war, to blackout news of state violence, or to disrupt opposition protests. Internet shutdowns take a very wide range of different forms: they can be nationwide or localised, they can target a specific social media platform or website, or they can be in the form of throttling or slowdown of internet traffic or in the form of a complete shutdown (near-zero dip in internet traffic). Shutdowns impact diverse aspects of people's lives, violate a wide range of human rights and have dramatic social, political and economic consequences – some intended and others unintended. 

Different demographic groups are affected in very different ways during shutdowns. Internet shutdowns can last hours, days, weeks, months, and even years. A range of tactics are now being employed by citizens to prevent, protest, and end internet shutdowns and defend the right to information, communication, and online expression.

This is the first ever book-length analysis of the causes, types, consequences, and responses to internet shutdowns across Africa. This volume will provide rich case studies of different kinds of internet shutdown from countries across the continent. It will analyse the causes, types, and roles played by state, corporate and civic actors to provide recommendations to end internet shutdowns. As such it provides the first opportunity to make a comparative assessment of internet shutdowns in Africa and produce actionable recommendations based on such analysis.

We invited potential authors to indicate their interest by submitting a 250-word abstract by 31st October 2023 indicating what the chapter would cover. Please include a short bio or CV, along with your submission. We welcome submissions from activists and practitioners as well as from emerging and established scholars.

Submit your abstract to and with “Internet Shutdowns in Africa” in the subject line. If your proposal is accepted, we will ask you to attend an online meeting in December 2023 and to submit a 4-page draft in January 2024, then an 8-page draft in March and a 6,000 word draft in May 2024. Full final papers of approx. 7,000 words will be due in June 2024. Editorial review and feedback will be provided by the editors in addition to peer-review from the other chapter authors and an external reviewer.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Call for Chapter Abstracts extended to 31st August 2023 
25th July 2023

New book: Feminist Digital Citizenship in Africa

Feminist Digital Citizenship in Africa: transformative online feminism. Edited by Dr. Tanja Bosch and Dr. Tony Roberts. 
A collected edition for Zed Books for publication in 2024.

Call for abstracts: 
We invite abstract submissions for chapters to be included in a collected edition book on digital feminist citizenship in Africa towards a book proposal for submission to Zed Books. 

In recent years, we have seen a renewal in feminist politics “that emerge from the interface of digital platforms and activism today” (Baer, 2016). Women increasingly use participatory digital media to network and organize in various ways, including against sexism and rape culture (Mendes et al., 2019). Digital feminist protest culture has facilitated the emergence of digital feminist citizenship, whereby women use digital technologies to claim their rights as citizens and challenge structures that limit their participation in the public sphere.

Feminists have, however argued that the discourses and practices of citizenship “are deeply gendered and racialized”; as well as “deeply ambiguous and exclusionary” (Ackelsberg, 2009, 119-120), as it has generally been accepted that citizenship occurs in the public domain, thus excluding private or domestic activities and those located in those areas, e.g., women. Moreover, feminist scholars have highlighted the failure of citizenship rights vested in liberal democracies to meet the needs of women and other minority groups, including those who are socially or economically marginalised (Lister, 1997).

We invited you to submit a 200-word abstract by 31st August 2023. Please include a short CV, including a bibliography, along with your submission. We welcome submissions from activists and practitioners as well as emerging and established scholars.

We encourage case studies located in various parts of the continent, empirical work, as well as theoretical reflections, which contribute toward an exploration of contemporary feminist protest and digital feminisms. 

Possible topics for the volume include, but are not limited to:

  • The role of digital technologies in shaping feminist citizenship in Africa
  • Algorithmic culture and online identity
  • Case studies of digital feminist campaigns/online activism
  • Other manifestations of digital feminist citizenship
  • The interplay between offline and online feminist citizenship practices
  • Transformational feminist digital citizenship

Sbmit your abstract to and with “Digital Feminist Citizenship” in the subject line. If our proposal is accepted, we will ask for an extended abstract of 1500 words by mid-September and a first draft of 2500-3000 words by the end of November. Full final papers of 6,000 – 7,000 words will be due in Jan-Feb 2024.

This volume is expected to make an important contribution to the growing body of scholarship on digital citizenship and digital activism in Africa, and we look forward to receiving your submissions.citizens 

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