Free e-seminar on Ghanaian cinema, 18 Jan-1 Feb 2011 #anthropology
Update 14 Jan 2011: The discussant will be Tilo Grätz (
University of Halle Free University of Berlin).
From 18 Jan to 1 Feb 2011 Joseph Oduro-Frimpong (Southern Illinois University Carbondale) will be discussing a working paper entitled “Sakawa: On Occultic Rituals and Cyberfraud in Ghanaian Popular Cinema” via the EASA Media Anthropology Network mailing list. The paper will be up on the Network’s e-seminar series page shortly. Meanwhile here is the abstract:
In contemporary Ghana, popular narratives allege that a cyberfraud practice, common among the youth, is closely aligned with dangerous occultic ritual practices. This practice, popularly labeled as sakawa, has captured widespread attention in the Ghanaian sociopolitical sphere. In this paper, I seek to understand how this criminal practice is critiqued in Ghana. I investigate this quest through popular Ghanaian video-film series on sakawa as well as media reports of some Ghanaian political elites’ position on the matter.
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