CALL FOR PAPERS: African Communication Research

AFRICAN COMMUNICATION RESEARCH – ISSN 1821 – 6544

We are pleased to inform you that the African Communication Research (ACR) is now inviting submissions for its 22nd issue scheduled for May 2019. The Deadline for all manuscript submissions is December 16th, 2018. 

 

ABOUT ACR

African Communication Research is a peer-reviewed publication published three times a year: May, September and December. ACR is a service of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Communications at St. Augustine University of Tanzania, for communication researchers of Africa. The journal has been publishing since 2008 and selected numbers can be viewed at the following URL:  http://ccms.ukzn.ac.za/african-comms-research.aspx
As an open access journal, ACR is hosted by the UNESCO Chair of Communication based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.

The journal seeks to contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of communication and media studies and welcomes articles in all areas of communication and the media including, but not limited to, mass communication, mass media channels, traditional communication, organizational communication, interpersonal communication, development communication, public relations, advertising, information communication technologies, the Internet and computer-mediated communication.

 

Guidelines for submitting manuscripts for publication

Authors should email their manuscripts as an attachment to Albert Tibaijuka at email:tibaijuka.albert@saut.ac.tz .

 

The manuscript should provide, on the cover page, complete contact information for the senior or lead author (address, telephone, fax, email) and brief biographical summaries for each author (full name, highest earned an academic degree, institution granting that degree and present academic or professional title).

The abstract page should contain an abstract not to exceed 200 words. Author information should be submitted on a separate page.

Manuscripts must follow the specifications of the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the author should verify that the reference list for all materials cited in the text is complete and that references, tables and diagrams are in appropriate format.

All manuscripts must be double spaced, standard type size (12 point), standard margins and preferably in Times New Roman font. Documents should be submitted in Word format. Additional guidelines can be obtained, if necessary, from the coordinating editor.

To facilitate peer review, the copy submitted for consideration should have the title but not the author information (note that author information above is to be on a separate page).

Manuscripts must not have been published elsewhere or be currently under consideration for any other publication.

 

Please direct all correspondence to:

Albert Tibaijuka

Coordinating Editor

St. Augustine University of Tanzania

P.O. Box 307, Mwanza, Tanzania

Email: tibaijuka.albert@saut.ac.tz

CALL FOR PAPERS: Communication for Change Conference

The Communication for Change Conference welcomes the submission of abstracts for the Building evidence track.

Track description: Drawing from a diverse interdisciplinary pool of evidence and best practices in social and economic development, behavioural research and public health interventions, this conference track will offer a repertoire of new and emerging trends in communication for change through evidence-based methodologies and creative programme and content design. The track addresses the need to showcase evidence-based approaches of creative methodologies such as participatory action research, and human centred design, and the use of digital platforms for innovative programme implementation, and promotes the need for research to inform implementation and practice. Conference participants will acquire key insights into the evidence and toolboxes of best practices for communication for social and behavioural change.

We encourage work that introduces new ideas, concepts, research and deepens understanding in the field, as well as analyses of both successes and failures.

Please read the following guidelines carefully before submitting your abstract:

  • Abstracts can be submitted to the following email address programme@communicationforchange.co.za
  • All abstracts must be written in English.
  • It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct abstract. Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific fact in the abstract text will be reproduced as typed by the author. Abstract titles will be subject to a spell check if the abstract is selected for presentation.

Please draft your abstract according to the headings listed below in no more than 300 words in total. You may draft your abstract in text format only using a word processing software i.e MS Word. Note that no graphic images, tables, graphs or columns should be submitted with your abstract.

Each abstract has to be broken down into the following four sections when you submit: (1) Background and objectives; (2) Methods; (3) Results and (4) Conclusion. The total word count is limited to 300.

Submissions deadline: 3 September 2018

 

CALL FOR CHAPTERS: African language media development and sustainability

Salawu (2006a) notes that the story of indigenous language newspapers rising and dying is the same across most parts of Africa. In 1930, there were 19 registered African language newspapers in South Africa. They included the isiXhosa Imvo Zabantsundu and Inkundla ya Bantu. Today, most of those newspapers are non-existent. As recently as 1990s, there used to be newspapers in fifteen Ghanaian languages; today, there is none (Salawu 2006b). In the colonial Democratic Republic of Congo, there were more than 150 periodicals in indigenous languages. Today, the story is quite different (Vinck 2006). In Cameroon, there is hardly a remarkable indigenous language newspaper (Tanjong and Muluh 2006). Of all the newspapers in the first to the fourth ‘waves’ of indigenous language press in Nigeria (Folarin and Mohammed 1996), only Gaskiya Tafi Kwabo (established in 1937) still exists till today. Iroyin Yoruba, established in 1945, existed till 1996 when it was finally laid to rest. Meanwhile, many other newspapers that had come after Gaskiya and Iroyin Yoruba had ceased to exist.

There are however some relative success (relative when compared to the success of the colonial language press) stories in African language newspaper publishing but in most of these cases, the newspapers go tabloid publishing sensational stories and using the adulterated form of the particular African language to appeal to a mass readership (Mpofu and Salawu, 2018; Salawu, 2015; Ndlovu, 2011).

Not without its own challenges though, in comparative terms, the situation is still much better with the broadcast media. This therefore indicates that African culture is still largely oral.

The proposed volume which is planned to be published by Routledge in its Routledge Contemporary Africa series will focus on why businesses in African language press are unstable and what can be done to develop African language journalism into quality journalism while also ensuring their profitability.

The following are some of the issues the volume will like to touch:

  • Factors that are responsible for the underdevelopment of African language journalism and unsustainability of African language newspapers
  • How African language journalism can be developed into quality journalism
  • How African language newspaper business can be sustained
  • Impact of digitisation  on the sustainability of African language newspaper business
  • Political Economy of African Language Media
  • African Language Media Economics
  • Management and Organisation of African Language Media
  • Advertisements/Commercials in African Language Media
  • Business Models for African Language Media in the era of Digitisation
  • Globalisation and African Language Media Economics
  • Language Politics, Development and Sustainability of African Language Media
  • Comparative analyses of economies of African language broadcast, digital and print media

This list is by no means exhaustive.

Interested contributors are invited to submit a 500-word proposal and a short biography to Abiodun Salawu (North-West University, South Africa) at salawuabiodun@gmail.com October 15, 2018.  Final chapters of approximately 5000-7000 words will be due by 28 February, 2019. Please note that all submissions will be peer-reviewed.

 

References

Folarin, B. and JB Mohammed. 1996. The Indigenous Language Press in Nigeria. In O. Dare and A. Uyo (Ed.).  Journalism in Nigeria. Lagos: NUJ, Lagos Council. Pp. 99 – 112.

Mpofu, P. and A. Salawu. 2018. Culture of sensationalism and indigenous language press in Zimbabwe: implications on language development. African Identities, DOI: 10.1080/14725843.2018.1473147. Pp. 1 – 17. ISSN: 1472-5843 (Print) 1472-5851 (Online).

Ndlovu, M. 2011. “The meaning of post-apartheid Zulu media”. Communicatio 37(2): 268 – 290.

Salawu, A. 2015. A political economy of sub-Saharan African language press: the case of Nigeria and South Africa. Review of African Political Economy, 42:144, 299-313.

Salawu, A. 2006a. “Paradox of a milieu: Communicating in African Indigenous Languages in the age of Globalisation.” In Indigenous Language Media in Africa, edited by A. Salawu, 1 – 20. Lagos: CBAAC.

Salawu, A. 2006b. “Rich history, uncertain future.” Rhodes Journalism Review 26: 55 – 56.

Tanjong, E. and H. Muluh. 2006. “Barriers to Indigenous Language Press in Cameroon”. In Indigenous Language Media in Africa, 206 – 229, edited by A. Salawu, 206 – 229. Lagos: CBAAC.

Vinck, H. 2006. “Het belang van de periodieke koloniale pers in Afrikaanse talen.” In Indigenous Language Media in Africa, 206 – 229, edited by A. Salawu, 347 – 376.  Lagos: CBAAC.

 

Professor Abiodun Salawu
Director of Research Entity: Indigenous Language Media in Africa
Faculty of Humanities

North-West University
Mafikeng Campus
Private Bag X2046
Mmabatho 2735
South Africa

Telephone: +27 18 389 2238

E-mail: abiodun.salawu@nwu.ac.za
salawuabiodun@gmail.com
salawuabiodun@yahoo.com

 

CALL FOR CHAPTERS: Social Media and Electoral Democracy in Africa

The new digital environment has ushered social media as an increasingly significant factor in electoral processes across Africa, with Kenya and Zimbabwe as key recent examples. Electoral crises and squabbles between contestants have assumed new dimensions due to the influence of social media. Enhanced sharing and connecting has resulted in new cultures and behaviours involving voters and politicians. Political parties, candidates, ‘pundits’ and citizens in general have taken to the social media in unprecedented ways to project their voices on key issues of the day. With an increased accessibility of smartphones, even people with limited access to mainstream media have access to social media and can send messages in more real time with new implications for democratization. Social media communications have thus permeated virtually every aspect of the conduct of elections from pre-election to post-election periods. While social media create new opportunities for political campaigns, mobilization, engagement, and participation it also raises questions about the veracity of the information conveyed at speed on Facebook, Tweeter or even Instagram. Social media is crucial for free and fair elections but there are genuine concerns that social media could be manipulated to subvert the electoral system, undermine the integrity of elections and democracy. Those with money can hire automated systems like bots and algorithms are creating new ways of ‘disrupting’ communication. The digital environment has given rise to more potent forms of fake news, manipulation and below the belt campaigning methods that are having implications for electoral democracy in Africa. In countries such as Uganda, Egypt, Kenya, Mali, and Zimbabwe, authorities’ attempts to introduce new laws and regulations have been met with mixed reactions. What are main drives behind social media’s role in elections and is it enhancing democratization? Is communicative power at elections altered by social media altering in Africa? Is it levelling the playing field for electoral contestants or just a new nuisance? Why are many Africans joining in its use and with what effect?

This proposed volume seeks to explore the implications of social media use to the electoral processes in Africa. The aim is to increase our understanding of how social media impact elections and democracy. We seek original works which analyze different aspects of social media use in presidential and parliamentary elections.

Potential topics within this volume include:

  • Social media and election campaigns
  • Political participation and engagement
  • Voter mobilization
  • Laws and regulation of social media
  • The political economy of digital media in Africa
  • Social media and empowerment
  • Youth participation in electoral processes.
  • Gender issues
  • Production, dissemination and interpretation of social media messages. – recorded voice messages, video messages, jokes, cartoons
  • The role of “opinion shapers”
  • Agenda-setting
  • Audiences/users of social media
  • The role of social media in the framing of narratives.

Challenges

  • Manipulation of information
  • Spread of disinformation
  • Memes and viral election messages
  • Fake news
  • Hate speech
  • Cyberbullies
  • Ethical issues

Interested contributors are invited to submit a 500-word proposal and a short biography to the editors by 15 September 2018 to the editors Martin Ndlela, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (martin.ndlela@inn.no) and Winston Mano, University of Westminster, (manow@westminster.ac.uk).  Final chapters of approximately 5000-7000 words will be due by 15 November. Please note that all submissions will be peer-reviewed.

CALL FOR PAPERS: JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA RESEARCH

JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA RESEARCH

ISSN 2141 – 5277

 

ABOUT JCMR

The Journal of Communication and Media Research is a research-based and peer-reviewed journal published twice-yearly in the months of April and October by the Association of Media and Communication Researchers of Nigeria (CAC/IT/NO 111018). The journal is addressed to the African and international academic community and it accepts articles from all scholars, irrespective of country or institution of affiliation.

 

The focus of the Journal of Communication and Media Research is research, with a bias for quantitative and qualitative studies that use any or a combination of the acceptable methods of research. These include Surveys, Content Analysis, and Experiments for quantitative studies; and Observation, Interviews/Focus Groups, and Documentary Analysis for qualitative studies. The journal seeks to contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of communication and media studies and welcomes articles in all areas of communication and the media including, but not limited to, mass communication, mass media channels, traditional communication, organizational communication, interpersonal communication, development communication, public relations, advertising, information communication technologies, the Internet and computer-mediated communication.

ARTICLE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

l     Manuscripts should not be longer than 8000 words – notes and references inclusive, and must have an abstract of not more than 200 words and five key words.

l     An abstract should be Informative. That is, it should clearly but briefly state the following: background/rationale; problem/issues examined (including research questions); details of method(s) used (including sample and sampling technique); results/findings; conclusion; and implication(s)/relevance of the study.

l     The title and author’s biographical details (name, university/department, address, position/title, telephone, e-mail) should be identified on the title page only. It is mandatory to supply telephone and email addresses.

l     Author(s) names should be written in First name, Middle name, and Surname order (i.e. First name first, and Surname last).

l     Format: Font of body text should be Times New Roman Size 12. Alignment should be justified. Paragraphs should be indented with one tab (no block paragraphing). Line spacing should be 1.5 lines.

l     Authors should be consistent in spelling – either American English or British English.

l     Tables, Figures and Charts should be alluded to in the text while allusions to ‘notes’ should be indicated in superscript in the text. Notes should be presented as endnotes (i.e., at the end of the article, just before the References).

l     Data should be presented and discussed with words and not with illustrations such as tables, figures and charts.

l     Tables, figures and charts should be used minimally and sparingly; they should be used only to serve as further points of reference. In which case, even if such tables, figures or charts are removed, the flow of discussion will not be affected.

l     Data, including tables, figures and charts should be interpreted and discussed by the researcher to provide a unified interpretation. Once the contents of tables, figures and charts are fully discussed, there is really no need to present such table/figure/chart in the article again.

l     There should be a maximum of three tables and/or figures and/or charts in a manuscript.

l     Referencing should follow the APA style and all references should be listed, in strict alphabetical order, at the end of the article.

l     et  al. can be used in in-text citations but not in end references. In end references, the names of all authors must be stated.

l     In in-text citations, et al. must not be used at the first mention of a work. The surnames of all authors and year of publication must be stated in the first instance of a citation.

l     Manuscripts must be rich in references and literature citations. Except in rare circumstances, references and literature citations should not be above 15 years.

l     Author(s) shall be responsible for securing any copyright waivers and permissions as may be needed to allow (re)publication of material in the article (text, illustrations, etc) that is the intellectual property of third parties.

l     Author(s) may be required to supply the data upon which figures are based.

l     Authors should be familiar with the standard and quality of articles published in the journal so as to minimize the chances of their manuscripts being rejected. Please endeavour to visit our website to access published articles.

Submission

l     Manuscripts are to be submitted by email to jcmrjournal209@gmail.com (as Word document attachment using Microsoft Office Word).

l     Before submitting a manuscript, please read the guidelines carefully again and ensure that the paper conforms to them all as non-conformity may lead to outright rejection.

l     All manuscripts received shall be sent to two or more assessors on a blind review format.

Plagiarism Check

l     All manuscripts received shall be subjected to plagiarism check and the result must not be higher than the journal’s acceptable threshold. Any manuscript with a plagiarism check result that is higher than the acceptable threshold shall not be published even if it receives favourable assessments.

The last date for submission of full papers is Saturday, 20th October 2018.

ASSESSMENT

All papers/manuscripts submitted must go through a rigorous process of double-blind peer review. Our assessors are Professors or Readers of communication studies drawn from reputable universities in the United States of America, Canada, South Africa and Nigeria. Manuscripts are sent to them on a double-blind review format.

AVAILABILITY

The journal is available internationally on the Internet at www.jcmrweb.com and through subscription. In Nigeria, in addition to the international availability, it is also available at all leading bookshops including the University of Ibadan Bookshop, University of Lagos Bookshop, and Delta State University Abraka Bookshop.

OUR WATCHWORD

Consistency is our watchword. Since the journal started publication in 2009, we have consistently published and released each edition on schedule.

OUR VISION

To be the foremost, scholarly, indexed, peer-reviewed and most-read journal emanating from Africa, portraying knowledge, intellect and learning to all humankind irrespective of gender, affiliation and nationality.

OUR MISSION

To portray the intellect, knowledge and potentials of Africans to the rest of the world; and also bring similar attributes of all humans all over the world to Africa; through every responsible media of communication; in a symbiotic and mutually beneficial relationship for the advancement of scholarship and development of the human race.

OUR MOTTO

Taking Africa to the world, bringing the world to Africa

 

Thank you for your time. I am yours sincerely,

 

Eserinune McCarty MOJAYE, Ph.D., Justice of Peace

Associate Professor of Mass Communication

Editor, Journal of Communication and Media Research

c/o Department of Mass Communication

Delta State University, Abraka

Delta State, Nigeria.

Email: jcmrjournal209@gmail.com

CALL FOR PAPERS: ICAfrica 2nd Biennial, 2018

The Africa Regional Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA)

 

Theme: African Digital Cultures: Emerging Research, Practices and Innovations

Date:7-9 November, 2018

Organisers: School of Information and Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Legon

Digital technology has become an inherent part of contemporary African life. Fueled by increasing internet penetration, changes have occurred to accommodate a more digital-driven lifestyle across various sectors of African societies. Compared with other parts of the world,Internet use in Africa is still relatively low, but digital technology is rapidly changing how people on the continent communicate with one another, produce and consume goods and services, enact citizenship, and construct narratives about themselves. New configurations in the communication, information and media landscape resulting from digitalization provoke new questions and challenge old assumptions about mediation practices for scholars. Traditional media such as radio, for example, may be still dominant in the information and communication ecology of Africa, but their practices are constantly being impacted and transformed by emerging digital cultures, especially amongst the youth.

The dynamic nature of technology-driven transformations in mediated communication in Africa calls for deeper insights into the cultures forming around the appropriation of digital technologies. In a world in which the face of communication is constantly evolving, we believe

Africa can provide fresh thinking on how people adopt, appropriate and deploy digital technologies in various communicative contexts and the impact(s) that has on their lives.

The School of Information and Communication Studies (SICS) of the University of Ghana, in collaboration with the International Communication Association (ICA) is hosting the 2018 Regional ICA conference on the theme African Digital Cultures: Emerging research, practices and innovations. The conference seeks to bring together scholars from within and outside the continent to share their research and perspectives on the cultures forming around conceptualizations, production and consumption of the digital space in Africa. We invite abstracts of empirical and conceptual papers that address the following and other relevant themes for presentation at the conference:

  • Transformation of knowledge in a digital era
  • Epistemologies, disciplinary developments and pedagogies in digital communication
  • Theorizations of the digital
  • Gendered cultures and digitization
  • Youth cultures and digitization
  • Rural digital cultures
  • Digitization and marginalization
  • Digitization, regulation and governance
  • Digital colonization
  • Ethical concerns related to digitization
  • Newsroom norms and practices in a digital era
  • Corporate communications and digitization
  • Communication, entrepreneurship and digitization
  • Digitization and interpersonal communication
  • Audiences and digital culture
  • Privacy, publicity, surveillance
  • News and disinformation
  • New mediation practices in a digital era
  • Digitalization and visualization

Special Panels: We also invite abstracts for a Special Panel on Revisiting the Foundations of African Communication Scholarship in honour of pioneering African communication scholars.

Besides this, we welcome senior scholars to propose and constitute special panels on issues of interest related to the conference theme.

Submission for Conference: Please submit abstracts of a maximum 300 words by June 30, 2018either through the designated link on the conference website or tosics@ug.edu.gh

 

Abstract acceptance notifications would be issued by July 25, 2018and full papers will be expected to be submitted by October 15, 2018. Abstracts should include name, institutional affiliation and contact details of author(s) and paper title.

Policy Lab: The Conference will create space for a Policy Labon Digital Empowerment (Access, Literacy, Safety, etc.). The main objective of the policy lab is to improve the synergies amongst researchers, media and communication practitioners, and policy actors. It aims at encouraging research agendas of direct interest to policy constituencies on issues related to the topic of the policy lab and to stimulate demand for research findings amongst potential users in policy and practice. Participation will be open to only a limited number of participants.

Submission for Policy Lab: Please submit a short synopsis of relevant research you are currently developing and which could benefit from feedback from policy makers byJune 30, 2018either through the designated link on the conference website or to sics@ug.edu.gh. Acceptance notifications would be issued by July 25, 2018.

Graduate Student/Early Scholar Mentoring Session: There will also be a graduate student mentoring session. We invite graduate students to send in abstracts of their research as well as poster proposals for consideration byJune 30, 2018either through the designated link on the conference website or to sics@ug.edu.gh.

Acceptance notifications would be issued by July 25, 2018. A limited number of partial/full sponsorship may be available for covering flights and hotel accommodation. 

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: June 30, 2018
  • Acceptance notification and invitations: July 25, 2018
  • Full paper submissions: October 15, 2018
  • Conference dates: November 7-9, 2018

NB: Please include the session you are submitting your abstract to in the subject line when using the email option

Venue: University of Ghana, Legon, Accra-Ghana

Kindly visit the link below for further information

http://sics.ug.edu.gh/icaafrica-ghana

Submit your Abstract here: http://sics.ug.edu.gh/icaafrica-ghana/abstract-submission

Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo

Dean, School of Information and Communication Studies

University of Ghana

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Mundu: A journal of Emerging African Communication

Open Call for Papers – Marginality

Overview:

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 pononom@ufs.ac.za 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.