CEDITRAA – “Cultural Entrepreneurship and Digital Transformation in Africa and Asia“ – is a joint research project by Goethe University Frankfurt, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and Pan Atlantic University Lagos. With funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), it kicked off in April 2021. As a truly multi-disciplinary team of researchers from economics, film studies, social and cultural anthropology, linguistics, African, Korean, and Chinese studies, we investigate how digitization is changing cultural production in sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia. The project builds on the assumption that cultural production evolves in spiral-like patterns by combining previous works serving as templates for the production of novelty. Focusing on music and film our research starts from Nigeria and South Korea, two countries with regionally leading industries and forms of cultural production that are no longer dominated by the products of the U.S. culture industry. What drives these new cultural industries with supra-regional reach and how do these processes relate to the economic development of their regions of origin? Focusing on the roles and activities of cultural entrepreneurship in local, regional and global settings, we approach this issue from various disciplinary angles and with a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods.
For the year 2023, the CEDITRAA team based at Goethe University Frankfurt offers two international fellowships based in Frankfurt with a duration of up to one month. We are looking for applications from excellent junior as well as outstanding internationally established researchers who can contribute to and complement our research, particularly around the following questions:
• How do novelty spirals in regionally specific constellations of form, formats and contents (1), legal frameworks (2), archives (3), and arenas of reception (4) evolve and contribute to novel cultural products in Subsaharan Africa and East Asia?
• How does digitization affect cultural production in Nigeria and South Korea? What kind of new cultural practices have evolved under digital circumstances in the cultural production fields of film, literature, and music?
• Which challenges do these processes pose for scholarship in African and Asian studies?
• Which new methods need to be developed to conduct research in area studies, and, in particular, which digital methods are suitable to enhance the development of area studies?
The chosen fellows will attend CEDITRAA meetings and events during the time of the fellowship, give a public lecture and offer a seminar meeting with CEDITRAA doctoral students and post docs to discuss his or her current research. Funding of up to 3.500 € per fellowship is available to cover all travel and other expenses for a stay up to one month. Applications are possible throughout the year until both positions are filled. Please submit a letter of expression of interest, a description of the focus topic of your fellowship, and an academic CV to the project coordinator, Bertram Lang, firstname.lastname@example.org.