CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Social Media, Fake News and Hate Speech

NORTH-WEST UNIVERSITY, SOUTH AFRICA
FACULTY OF HUMANITIES
INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MEDIA IN AFRICA (ILMA) CONFERENCE
JUNE 27
28, 2020
NORTH-WEST UNIVERSITY, MAFIKENG CAMPUS, MMABATHO, SOUTH AFRICA


The advent of social media (such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube etc.) has brought about democratisation of communication as the public that hitherto had been considered to be consumers of messages has now also become producers. The platform of social media is open to everyone who has a device, an account to use and data or access to the internet. Communication has never been better and interesting in the history of man.

However, as we celebrate this ‘power’ of communication given to the people through social media, we also need to ponder the other side of this communication. This advent of social media and with it more opportunities for free participation by citizens in debates has given impetus to insurgent politics and also brought on us the acceleration and strengthening of post-truth, fake news and hate speeches. Before the emergence of social media, there were fake news and hate speech carried by different media in the chronology of media and communication history. These phenomena have been there since the time of communication by mere words of mouth, and through the advent of print, radio and television media. It has however become more obtrusive with the emergence of social media. This has had some deleterious impact on human relationships and the society at large. It has created crisis and fueled it to monstrous proportions.

These are some of the issues we intend to focus on in this conference. Submissions can touch on any of the following points:

  •  Theorisation around social media, fake news and hate speech
  •  Social media, Fake news, hate speech and the economy
  •  Social media, Fake news, hate speech and politics
  •  Social media, Fake news, hate speech and nationality
  •  Social media, Fake news, hate speech and race
  •  Social media, Fake news, hate speech and human relations
  •  Social media, fake news and hate speech in organisations
  •  Social media, fake news, hate speech and religion
  •  Social media, language use, fake news and hate speech
  •  Social media, indigenous language, ethnicity and hate speech
  • Social media, indigenous culture, fake news and hate speech
  •  Social media, citizen education, fake news and hate speech
  •  Social media, fake news, hate speech and xenophobia
  •  Strengths and weaknesses of various social media for fake news and hate speech
  •  Social media regulation, fake news and hate speech The list is by no means exhaustive.

Kindly submit abstracts of between 300 and 500 words to Dr. Francis Amenaghawon at

olaiyagba@yahoo.com

Papers presented at the conference, after peer-review process, will be published in Habari: ILMA Book Series. Habari is the Swahili word for News. The book series editors are Professor Abiodun Salawu and Prof. Itumeleng Mekoa.

Important Dates:

  1. Abstract Submission – February 28, 2020
  2. Acceptance/Rejection Notice – March 15, 2020
  3. Conference Registration Opens – March 30, 2020
  4. Conference – June 27 – 28, 2020

Registration Fees:

Academics – R2500.00
Students – R1000.00
International participants – USD180.00

CFP: Valenti Global Communication Summit 2020

Call for Papers

Valenti Global Communication Summit 2020

@frica: digital media conference

Houston, TX – February 27/28, 2020

Deadline for extended abstracts: November 22, 2019

While the economic, political, cultural and social transformations brought about by the rise of digital technologies, particularly in the media and telecommunications sectors, are visible all over the world, it is in African countries that they are projected to have the biggest impact in coming years. Africa, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa, has one of the fastest growing number of internet and mobile users in the world.

In many parts of the continent, access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) has been seen as an opportunity to “leapfrog”, a concept that the World Bank defines as making “a quick jump in economic development” by adopting technological innovation. This is exemplified by the success of African startups like Ushahidi, a crowdsourcing mapping tool created in Kenya, or Jumia, Nigeria’s number 1 online retailer; the recent opening of Google’s Africa AI center in Ghana; and the ever-growing presence of mobile payment and banking across the continent. Digital communication technologies have also been used strategically by citizens in the continent to engage in grassroots political movements that have toppled long-time rulers, led to (sometimes short-lived) regime changes, and brought about changes in legislation.

The fast growth of digitally enabled communications and services has also brought challenges for the continent. For example, well-before the notion of “fake news” became a buzzword in U.S. politics, many African nations, from South Africa to Gabon or Nigeria, were targets of large-scale misinformation campaigns over social media such as WhatsApp and Facebook. Additionally, young, highly-educated, and digitally-savvy graduates in many African countries have been employed by transnational tech companies such as Facebook for data processing in what some authors describe as digital sweatshops. The positive and negative impacts of this technological revolution are therefore important to consider.

Because African countries, their people, and their mediated interactions remain understudied in the fields of media and communication, especially in Western countries, the “@frica: digital media conference” invites extended abstracts (800-1,000 words) that examine the transformations and disruptions of digital media in African countries.

Specifically, but not exclusively, we invite contributions that explore any of the following questions:

  • What methodological challenges exist in studying digital media use (such as social media and/or mobile communications) in Africa?
  • What theoretical frameworks, constructs and paradigms are best suited to study transformations and disruptions of digital media in Africa?
  • How has social media been used by African political actors, social movements and grassroots activists and to what effect?
  • What are the roots, consequences and differences between countries of existing disparities in access to digital media in Africa?
  • How are digital technologies influencing, complementing, and/or superseding journalistic practices in Africa?
  • How does the sharing economy (e.g. Uber, Upwork…) transform and/or reinforce social norms, values, practices, structure and culture in Africa?
  • What are the prevailing regulatory frameworks that affect digital media use in Africa?
  • What socio-economic, cultural and economic factors shape the adoption, diffusion and appropriation of digital technologies in Africa?

The deadline to submit extended abstracts is November 22, 2019. To submit an extended abstract, please go to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=admc20. You will need to create an account to make a submission.  

The organizers will notify by email the authors of accepted extended abstracts by December 6, 2019. Authors will be expected to submit full papers by February 2, 2020.

The “@frica: digital media conference” will accept a limited number of virtual presentations, in which authors who are unable to travel to Houston, will be able to present their work and get feedback from the audience virtually. Authors who wish to be considered for one of the virtual presentation slots should indicate their preference when submitting their extended abstracts.

A selection of accepted papers will be included in a Special Issue of the Journal of African Media Studies to be published in 2020. Only accepted papers that are presented at the conference will be considered for the Special Issue. Questions about the conference and the Call for Papers can be sent to valentiglobalsummit@uh.edu

Free Wits Online Course, “Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Africa”,  Starts 4 Oct. 2019

The Wits LINK Centre and WitsX are pleased to announce that registration is open for a free, six-week, online course on  “Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Africa”. 

The course begins on Friday 4 October 2019.

This free-of-charge MOOC (massive open online course), available on the global edX platform, aims to empower activists, students, regulators, journalists, lawyers, and everyone interested in ensuring a free, pluralistic and independent African media. 

When societies achieve this kind of media, they can benefit from journalism playing a critical role in democracy and development. This is the policy context whereby journalists inform citizens, defend freedom of expression for everyone, and enable access to information that some people would prefer to keep covered up.

The Wits course honours and sustains the legacy of South African media freedom and freedom of expression activist #Jeanette Minnie, who passed away in November 2016. Minnie devoted her professional life to ensuring robust civil society engagement with African media policy. She was a media activist who developed massive experience in understanding the challenges and who knew how to make changes for the better.

In the Wits course, participants get to grips with: 

  • core elements of the principles of freedom of expression, media freedom, and access to information;
  • policy and practical components necessary to democratic media ecosystems;
  • regulatory and other measures that build media pluralism and diversity;
  • mechanisms of self-regulation, co-regulation, statutory regulation and regulatory independence in democratic media ecosystems;
  • the practical and policy dimensions introduced by online media, online expression, and online information access; and
  • strategies for effective civil society engagement with policy and practice in support of democratic Africa media ecosystems.

Participants can take this dynamic, interactive and intellectually-engaging course, including its discussion forums, assignments and multiple-choice assessments, free of charge. Participants who wish to also receive a Verified Certificate of Achievement for the course, endorsed by edX and Wits University, can do so by passing one additional assessment and paying a USD49 certification fee.  

The course instructors are Prof. Justine Limpitlaw (Wits LINK Centre), Paula Fray (frayintermedia), Zoe Titus 

(Namibia Media Trust), Dr. Sarah Chiumbu (University of Johannesburg), and Koketso Moeti (Amandla.mobi), 

The course content was developed by the instructors and WitsX with support from the course’s international Advisory Committee and frayintermedia. 

Funding for course research, development, piloting and marketing has been provided by Free Press Unlimited, Bertha Foundation, Namibia Media Trust (NMT), and fesmedia Africa. Marketing support is by frayintermedia and fraycollege.

Participants wishing to enrol for the course should please go to this edX course link. 

For more information on the course, and to arrange for media interviews with course instructors, please contact: 

Patience Shawarira, fraycollege

Tel: +27 11 782 0535   

Mobile: +27 74 883 1716 

Email: pshawarira@fraycollege.com 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominations for The South African Communications Association (SACOMM) Executive Committee are now accepted.

As per §10 of the SACOMM Constitution, it is time to Call for Nominations for Executive Committee Members for the different Streams of SACOMM. “Interest Group Conveners” (or the Executive Committee) are, with the Presidium, responsible for the daily running of SACOMM.

The SACOMM Objectives are to:

  • encourage contact and co-operation among Communication Departments in the various tertiary education institutions offering Communication Studies;
  • provide a forum to promote communication research, collaboration, and debate among communication practitioners, communication industry professionals, academics, and students;
  • promote networking and academic debate; and
  • facilitate professional communication practice in Southern Africa.

To that effect, Executive Committee members should be academics active in the interest stream or academic field they are nominated for, who are willing to uphold the SACOMM objectives throughout their term (two years) – between the conferences.

Nominations are welcomed for the Position of:

  1. Deputy President
  2. Media Studies and Journalism
  3. Screen Studies
  4. Corporate Communication
  5. Communication Studies
  6. Communication Education and Curriculum Development
  7. Communications Advocacy and Activism
  8. Emerging Scholars Stream

At the Annual General Meeting during SACOMM 2019 in Cape Town, all SACOMM members will have a chance to vote for the nominees, should there be more than one nomination for a position. 

Nominations for the Executive Committee should reach the Office of the Presidium by 29.07.2019.

Please note:

  1. The nomination process is anonymous.
  2. Nominations and self-nominations are welcome.
  3. Those who nominate another individual must first confirm that the individual is available to stand, before they make said nomination.
  4. Please follow the link below to submit a nomination: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSbcjZD9Tjg9F8uUIEow9M_OT3sm6AxT7Ic7td0aO7BXkU0w/viewform?usp=sf_link


Further Information:

SACOMM Constitution

Interest Streams and Executive Committee


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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