Title: “The Right Road”. Moral Movement and the Suffering Subject in Kinshasa’s Evangelizing Television Serials
Authors: Pype, Katrien
Issue Date: 4-Oct-2014
Conference: Featuring Africa: Exploring the Plurality of African Digital Film Cultures location:Universite de Liege date:3-4 October 2014
Abstract: Based on ethnographic research among Kinshasa’s evangelizing TV actors, this paper discusses the plotlines as shown in locally produced television drama. It will be argued that the particular configuration of dramatic personae (subject, witch, pastor) and the moral movement of these protagonists (leading towards confessions, deliverance rituals or the death of the evildoer) bring along social and spiritual harmony within the fictional worlds of the evangelizing melodramas and are, metaphorically, to be interpreted as attempts at establishing healing in Kinshasa. The presentation therefore concludes with reflections on the boundaries between media, performance, and ritual.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa

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