Open Call for Papers – Marginality


The women, and ultimately movement, that exposed top Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein, was named 2017 Time Magazine person of the year. This recognition is by no means a barometer of the progress that has been made in terms of gender equality. It is only an indication of “the evolution of human rights from a patriarchal, male centred world, in which women’s rights were not a consideration to now when women’s rights are integral to the world we live in” (Madeley, 2017).

In such instances of continued struggles for equality, the fight against marginality or conditions where individuals and cultures occupy a peripheral status to a “center”, has brought to the fore the problematic nature of social relations (Nabizadeh, 2016).

Media observers have noted that although most politicians and prominent figures often face the glare of news media, matters are slightly different for women. Feminist scholars write that the media scrutiny trained on women seeking higher positions, be it political or any other sphere, can be “contemptuous” (Ntuli, 2017). This is despite women constituting a powerful force in politics and all levels of government and society. A fact that has not changed much over the years, as evidenced by the United States 2016, and the 2017 ANC presidential campaigns; both criticized for bias against women candidates (Beaudoux, 2017; Ntuli, 2017).

Similarly, the 2015 and 2016 student strikes demanding to extrication of colonial legacies and fee free education in public institutions of higher learning, illustrated the continued marginalisation of previously disadvantaged groups.  The call for a decolonised academy and the plea to overhaul current social practice that perpetuate exclusionary colonial systems gained widespread support (Catherine Addora Hoppers 2012). Observers pointed out that the turbulence and disruption caused by the demand for redress, indicated the broader social need to democratize previously exclusive centers of power.

In light of the big strides that have been made by social groups fighting for equality, and the many other issues that are still to be addressed.

The Emerging Scholars and Media Studies Interest Group would like to invite interested parties to submit a paper for publication in the inaugural issue of Mundu: A journal of Emerging African Communication. The papers selected for publication will also be presented in a panel discussion at the 2018 SACOMM Conference in Johannesburg.

Selected themes:

  • Marginality, decolonisation, redress and media studies
  • Teaching, learning, research and engagement in decolonial contexts
  • What does a decolonised media studies pedagogy look like?
  • The role of alternative and critical media system
  • The relationship between marginality and the political economy of media
  • Social construct of marginal roles
  • Tensions between the media, marginality and privilege
  • Representation of marginality in the media (television, radio, print, online)


Submission Guidelines

Please send a one-page abstract to by March 30, 2018.

Notification of abstract selection will be sent by April 9. Selected authors will be required to convert the abstract into a journal article for publication by June 1.

Please note that submitted papers will go through a peer review process, and if successful, will be published in the inaugural issue of the Emerging Scholar journal, which is to be launched at the 2018 SACOMM Conference.