ICA in Africa: Call for Papers

The University of Cape Town (UCT) and Stellenbosch University (SU) will be hosting the International Communication Association Regional Conference under the theme De-centering international communication studies: African
perspectives. The conference theme builds on the imperative to de-Westernize communication studies that has been
a concern in global communication scholarship for over a decade. The theme invites contributions that will prompt participants to think through these imperatives from an African vantage point. The conference will seek to provide a
platform from where global communication scholarship is interrogated and African scholars can ‘speak back’ to and disrupt the metropolitan centres of knowledge production.

Abstract submissions for papers and panel discussions are now open and close on 30 April 2023.  Papers and panels could address the following but not limited themes: 

• Theories and praxis of decolonisation
• Decolonising pedagogy
• Political economy of knowledge production
• Intellectual property, platforms and access to knowledge
• African perspectives on internationalising communication studies
• The African archive
• Journalism in Africa
• Digital media ecologies & practices in Africa
• African screen cultures
• Streaming platforms and African audiences/texts
• Representations of Africa (including branding, marketing, etc)
• Social change communication, social justice and activism
• Africa and the climate crisis
• Freedom of expression
• Attacks on and threats to journalism
• Trolling, cyber misogyny and doxxing
• Disinformation, populism and xenophobia

For information, fees and registration details, please click here or contact Prof Herman Wasserman via Roxanne Adams on roxanne.adams@uct.ac.za

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