Extended cinema in Kenya and Tanzania. Technological innovation and related trends in local audiovisual storytelling
Date: 18 November 2014
Venue: University of Antwerp, Stadscampus, Room C001 - Prinsstraat 13 - 2000 Antwerp
PhD candidate: Ann Overbergh
Principal investigator: Prof. dr. Arjen van Witteloostuijn
Co-principal investigator: Prof. dr. Annick Schramme
Short description: PhD defense Ann Overbergh - Faculty of Applied Economics
Abstract: This research project sits on the crossroads between current technological trends in Africa, with a focus on Kenya and Tanzania, and related evolutions in local audiovisual production and distribution. It revolves around the question if and how the production and distribution of film and video is affected by technological innovation, and how this plays out socially and economically in different local contexts. This question is broken down into three hypotheses to be critically interrogated: (1) the statement that technological progress has had democratizing effects on production and on distribution in Kenya and Tanzania; (2) the statement that it is associated with a diversification of local production and distribution; and (3) the statement that it results in more locally-relevant stories and distribution processes.