Digital Unhu in Institute of Creative Arts and Progress in Africa Trust: Digital Integration in Zimbabwean Cultural Production – Communication, Culture and Critique – article

Digital Unhu in Institute of Creative Arts and Progress in Africa Trust: Digital Integration in Zimbabwean Cultural Production

Caitlin McClune | Communication, Culture and Critique

2019-10-22

After over 30 years of Zimbabwean presidential rule, Robert Mugabe was forced to resign in November of 2017. The country continues to struggle with providing basic necessities to its population under the new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, while contending with the socio-economic legacies left by the now-deposed Mugabe. Regardless of these economic struggles, and along with many other developing countries, Zimbabwe has been experiencing a rapid rise in digital connectivity (Mabweazara, 2014; Mano and Willems, 2008; Wasserman, 2011), requiring that we examine digital technologies in the global South beyond the framework of the digital divide (Donner, 2015). Within the constraints of Robert Mugabe’s rule and ongoing political crises, artist communities have continued to thrive, particularly through the use of strategic narratives and the integration of digital technologies. This article highlights the work of the Institute of Creative Arts and Progress in Africa (ICAPA), an organization that sustained itself through external funding and through the aid of new technologies during the economically precarious era of Robert Mugabe. Specifically, this article analyzes the organization’s strategies through the framing device of “digital unhu”(McClune, 2018), a concept that merges the influx of new technologies with the Southern African philosophy known as unhu.1

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