Call for Proposals for writing and mentoring workshop on ‘African Film and Literature: A View of the Future from “Here”’

The University of Bristol and the Lagos Studies Association are excited to announce an interdisciplinary writing and mentoring workshop on the theme of ‘A View of the Future from “Here”’, to be held on 16-19 June 2023 at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

This workshop is designed for Africa-based early-career researchers in film and literary studies whose work speaks to the theme of the future from the present.

The workshop aims to provide support to participants in developing their writing skills, preparing their work for publication, building their research profile, and strengthening their professional networks. Participants will be expected to submit a draft paper of 5,000 – 7,000 words ahead of the workshop and provide feedback on the draft papers of other participants.

During the workshop, experienced academics will serve as mentors, offering feedback on the participants’ papers and sharing insights on the peer-review publication process, developing research methods, and translating conference papers into journal articles, among other topics.

Following the workshop, each participant will be assigned a mentor who will help them prepare their paper for publication. The aim is to publish the revised papers as a special issue in a relevant academic journal.

Participants will also have the opportunity to attend the 7th Lagos Studies Association Conference, which takes place immediately after the workshop on 20-24 June 2023 in Lagos.

Participation in the workshop is free, and successful applicants will have the costs for accommodation, meals, and mobile data in Lagos covered. Provision to help cover childcare costs can also be made.

This workshop is open to early-career academics based on the African continent, with a minimum requirement of being in the final year of PhD studies and a maximum of six years of postdoctoral experience. Researchers currently affiliated with an African academic institution and independent researchers based in an African country are welcome to apply. Female academics and scholars from other marginalized groups are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit your 5,000 – 7,000-word draft paper, a CV, and a cover letter outlining your research interests and how your work speaks to the theme of the workshop by 24 April 2023 to

Using the format below as a guide.

Names, Gender, Highest academic qualification (degree, subject, year, institution), Current affiliation / career status, Home address, Email address,

Where would you travel from to Lagos (if different from home address), Title of proposed workshop paper, Abstract of paper (approx. 500 words), Motivation statement for the workshop (up to 200 words), Would you like to participate in the LSA conference following the workshop? Yes or no

If yes, give a brief explanation of your interest and if you have submitted a paper.