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Pan-Africanism as a laughing matter: (Funny) Expressions of African identity on Twitter
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013). (NODE)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4774-4643
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013). (NODE)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0009-2972
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Pan-Africanism, a concept that attempts to capture the essence of being an African, needs to be reconsidered in the age of interactive social media. In this chapter, we look at how Twitter users negotiate the question of African identity through humourous hashtag-driven conversations. We specifically interrogate the question whether a new kind of Pan-Africanism is emerging on Africa’s Twitterverse through the use of a popular hashtag in 2015, #IfAfricaWasABar. In our analysis of tweets linked to #IfAfricaWasABar, we conclude that Twitter provides temporary solidarity by engaging users in humorous exchanges about socio-cultural, political and economic issues that define the African continental condition today. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
Keywords [en]
#IfAfricaWasABar, globalization, humour, identity, Pan-Africanism, Twitter
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-68587OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-68587DiVA, id: diva2:1233223
Conference
The 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Prague, Czech Republic, May 24-28, 2018
Note

A version of this paper will be published as a book chapter in T. Ngomba, P.  Nielsen & J.  Gustafsson. (2019), Civic Agency in Africa: Arts of Resistances in the 21st Century by Nordicom (Gothenburg).

Available from: 2018-07-17 Created: 2018-07-17 Last updated: 2018-07-27Bibliographically approved

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