CFP: The 16th Annual Global Communication Association Conference


www.globalcomassociation.com

CALL FOR PAPERS

Perspectives on Africa Media and Communication

Durban, South Africa

June 10-12, 2020

Hosted by the Durban University of Technology, the Global Communication Association invites you to submit your abstracts for the 16th annual convention to be held in Durban, South Africa from June 10 – 12, 2020.

The GCA invites research papers exploring any aspect of issues related to the theme of the conference, including the following broad topics:

  • African media and communication methodologies, theories, and perspectives
  • Media and their impact on public opinion
  • The evolving modes of teaching and learning
  • New communication technologies, the Internet, and social media
  • Intercultural communication
  • News and information flow

Abstract Submission: (All submissions should include two separate attachments in Word format)

  • A 400-word abstract of the paper or panel proposal should be submitted electronically to Dr. S.E Usadolo and Mr Thabani Khumalo via the following email: gcaconference@dut.ac.za
  • All abstract submissions must be received by February 29, 2020, for review and consideration. Acceptance of a paper or panel proposal obligates authors to attend the conference and present the paper.  The abstract should include research objectives, methodology and significance followed by keywords.
  • Poster presentations on topics related to the conference theme are also encouraged. Complete panel proposals maybe submitted to Dr. Yahya R. Kamalipour at yrkamal@gmail.com.
  • Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by at least two scholars.  Authors of the abstracts will be notified of acceptance by March 31, 2020.  
  • A separate document including the name, academic institution, mailing address, phone number, email address, and brief author’s profile must be submitted for each author.
  • If accepted, the full-length paper (not to exceed 25-pages excluding references and tables) must be submitted by May 1, 2020.  All papers should adhere to The American Psychological Association (APA) style manual. For details, visit https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05.
  • Where appropriate, put “STUDENT” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page; indicate whether the paper comes from a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral student.

CONFERENCE LOCATION (HOTEL AND FACILITIES):

The conference will take place on the campus of the Durban University of Technology (DUT).

Special Conference rates will be offered at several hotels in Durban, within a 5km radius of the conference venue.

Details of these rates and the hotel links will be provided shortly.  Delegates are requested to register as early as possible, as Durban is a popular tourist destination during this time.

Conference Registration Fees:

An attractive and favorable package will be offered to all participants.  Graduate students presenting papers will be given a 50% registration discount. A registration link and details of fees and payment procedures will be provided shortly.

AIR TRANSPORT

There are daily flights from major cities around the world to South Africa. Some international airlines fly directly to Durban, while others fly to Cape Town or Johannesburg, domestic airlines can be used to fly to Durban. Emirates and British Airways, Qatar Turkish Airlines fly directly to Durban. For details visit https://kingshakainternational.co.za/airport/durban-airport/

GROUND TRANSPORT

Delegates will be met on arrival at King Shaka International Airport in Durban and transported to their hotels or to the conference venue, depending on date of arrival. Shuttles will be provided from the hotels to the conference and event venues.

After the conference, shuttles will be provided from the hotels to the airport. Links to approved tour agents will be provided if delegates wish to tour after or before the conference. Meter taxis and Uber are also available and distance from King Shaka Interrnational Airport to Durban City is 30 km.

Questions:

Please direct any questions to Dr. Yahya R. Kamalipour at yrkamal@gmail.com.

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline February 29, 2020
Acceptance Notification March 31, 2020
Full Length Paper Submission May 01, 2020
Last Date for Early Bird Registration March 15, 2020
Last Date for Registration May 01, 2020
Conference Dates June 10-12, 2020

For future updates and further details, visit:

www.globalcomassociation.com

In Memoriam: Prof. Sonja Verwey

The SACOMM community was met with the sad news of Prof. Sonja Verwey’s passing last week. Prof. Verwey was the first female president of our Association, a formidable academic, an esteemed colleague, a mentor and a friend to many of us. We will remember Prof. Verwey as a gentle, cheerful and insightful presence in, and at SACOMM. Her contributions to the field and to our community cannot be overstated.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to her bereaved family, friends, colleagues and students. A memorial service for Prof Verwey will take place at the Weltevreden Dutch Reformed Church, 1140 Cornelius Street, Weltevredenpark on Wednesday 4 December 2019 at 11:00.

SACOMM is deeply sorrowed and much poorer for the loss of this wonderful woman.

Borders, Media Crossings and the Politics of Translation: The Gaze from Southern Africa

Pier Paolo Frassinelli, Borders, Media Crossings and the Politics of Translation: The Gaze from Southern Africa (Routledge 2019).

Available on Taylor & Francis ebooks (as well as in hardback–paperback to follow): https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9780429029387

Summary

This book examines concepts of the border and translation within the context of social and cultural theory through the lens of southern Africa.

Borders, Media Crossings and the Politics of Translation studies a diverse range of media representations of borders, imagined borders, border struggles, collectivity boundaries and scenes of translation: films, documentaries, literary texts, photographs, websites and other media texts and artistic interventions. The book makes a case for bringing together media texts and sociocultural experiences across multiple platforms. It argues that this transdisciplinary approach is singularly suited to the age of media convergence, when words, speech, music, videos and images compete for attention on the screens of digital devices where the written, oral, aural and visual are constantly mixed and remixed. But it also reminds the reader of the digital divides linked to socioeconomic, cultural, language and geopolitical borders.

With its focus on sociocultural borders and translation, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of media studies, African studies and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

1 The gaze from the south. 2 Heading south. 3 Intersecting temporalities, cultural (un)translatability and African film aesthetics. 4 Living in translation. 5 Reframing the rainbow. 6 Signs of the times.

Endorsements

Borders, Media Crossings and the Politics of Translation is a thoughtful and sophisticated philosophical meditation on borders, translation and media and culture as agents of socio-cultural change, viewed from the perspective of the South. It ties in with a growing literature that critiques the Northern theoretical hegemony and contributes to ongoing debates in this area. Its tone is confident and its voice distinct.

Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town

In this invigorating work written from the fecund vantage point of southern Africa, Pier Paolo Frassinelli deftly identifies the social borders created by our uneven world’s diverse “cultural time zones” but also the media crossings and translations that sometimes succeed in subverting our politically polarised planet.

Melissa Tandiwe Myambo, University of the Witwatersrand

SACOMM 2019: Registration now Open

We look forward to seeing you at SACOMM2019!

Thank you to everyone who submitted abstracts. You should have received a notification via email if you have submitted a suggestion for a panel or an abstract.

If you haven’t received word from the Conference Organisers, please email sacomm2019@gmail.com.

Registration Deadline is 26 July, 2019.

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CFP: Academy of World Business, Marketing and Management Development Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS – Due Date 29th October 2019


in Ontario, Canada, 23-26 June 2020

Win a free iPad or Tablet

Conference Program Chair and Executive Director

Professor Gabriel Ogunmokun (PhD), Academy of World Business, Marketing and Management Development. Email: ogunmokun@academyofworldbusiness.com

Conference Associate Program Chair

Dr Lianxi Zhou, Professor of Marketing and International Business, Goodman School of Business, Brock University,

Niagara Region, St. Catherine, Ontario, Canada. Email: lzhou@brocku.ca

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN THE AWBMAMD REFEREED CONFERENCE

1.     Publication in Internationally Recognized Refereed Journals: Outstanding competitive papers will be selected to be considered to be double-blind reviewed for publication in the following internationally recognized double-blind, peer-reviewed journals that are indexed in Cabell’s, Ulrich’s and EBSCO’s research database of academic journals: Journal of International Marketing and Exporting (JIME) ISSN 1324-5864; and Journal of Management and World Business Research (JOMAWBR) ISSN 1449-3179.

2.     Award for Best Doctoral Research Paper/Graduate Research Paper: A Certificate and AUD250 will be awarded for Best Doctoral Research Paper/Master Degree Research Paper.

3.     Award for Best Competitive Paper: A Certificate will be awarded for Best Competitive Paper. Commendation Certificates will also be awarded to a number of very good papers.

4.     Publication in Refereed Conference Proceedings: If your paper is accepted through the double-blind, peer review process and presented at the conference it will be published in the Conference Proceedings that has an ISBN. Participants will also receive a printed “Book of Abstracts”

5.     Certificate of Membership and Participation: You will receive a signed and sealed Certificate of Membership and Participation for presenting a paper(s) at the Conference. If coming as a non-presenter you will receive a Certificate of Membership from the Academy.

6.     Chance of Winning a free iPad or tablet: All delegates (presenters and non-presenters) who have paid their registration fee and who attend the Conference Dinner have a chance to win a free iPad or tablet through a random drawing of tickets. (The person whose number is drawn must be present at the Conference Dinner to win the prize).  However, AWBMAMD organizers including the Program Chair, the Associate Program Chair and the administrative staff of the institution hosting the conference cannot win this prize.

7.       Networking Opportunity: You will have opportunities to network with participants from many countries around the world.

8.     Book Publication Opportunity:  Papers presented at the conference can also be recommended to be double-blind, peer-reviewed for possible publication as book chapters in a refereed research book.

WHO CAN ATTEND THE CONFERENCE?

PRESENTERS: People can attend the Conference if they have submitted a paper which has been double blind, peer reviewed and accepted and if they have paid the registration fee.

NON-PRESENTERS: People can also attend the Conference as an observer to listen to the presentations of papers without presenting a paper of their own, if they have paid the registration fee.

CONFERENCE THEME: MARKETING, MANAGING AND FINANCING ORGANIZATIONS SUCCESSFULLY FOR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Irrespective of the size and type of a business organization, it must grow in its profit or at least break even to survive in this highly competitive dynamic business environment. To assist business and non-business organizations in their quest for excellence, growth and contribution to the economy and society, the Academy of World Business, Marketing and Management Development (AWBMAMD) aims to share research knowledge that exists in the world in various areas of business through double blind peer review conference papers and publications. For this  conference we are is inviting papers in all areas that will shed some light on issues that are of paramount importance to managing, marketing and financing organizations successfully for growth and development. 

Manuscripts for the 9th Biennial 2020 AWBMAMD conference are invited in terms of competitive papers, case studies, research in progress, special sessions and doctoral research papers in any of the various track areas specified on this website which include marketing, management, finance, accounting, human resource management, organizational behaviour, information technology and systems, foreign direct investment, e-business/e-marketing, education administration, economics, tourism and hospitality, transportations, health care, entrepreneurship, business law, leadership style, privatization, management and marketing of online institutions etc.

TRACK AREAS TO SUBMIT PAPERS FOR  

Track 1. Agribusiness Marketing and Management

Track 2. Business, Marketing and Management in Transitional Economies

Track 3. Consumer Behaviour and Psychology

Track 4. Current Issues in Business, Marketing and Management in Africa

Track 5. Current Issues in Business, Marketing and Management in Asia

Track 6. Current Issues in Business, Marketing and Management in America

Track 7. Current Issues in Business, Marketing and Management in Australia and New Zealand

Track 8. Current Issues in Business, Marketing and Management in Europe

Track 9. Economics, International Trade and Banking

Track 10. Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development

Track 11. Environmental Marketing and Management Issues

Track 12. Business Ethics, Social Responsibility and Legal Issues

Track 13. Finance, Foreign Direct Investments, Accounting and Taxation

Track 14. Globalization and International Management

Track 15. Health Care Marketing and Management

Track 16. Human Resource Management and Occupational Health and Safety

Track 17. Information Systems, E-Commerce, E-Marketing

Track 18. International Business and International Marketing

Track 19. Management and Organizational Behaviour

Track 20. Strategic Marketing and Management

Track 21. Marketing and Management of Education

Track 22. Marketing and Management of Non Profit Organizations

Track 23. Public Administration and Social Policy

Track 24. Social Media, Marketing Communications and Digital Marketing

Track 25. Services Marketing and Relationship Marketing

Track 26. Technology/Research and Development and Innovation

Track 27. Tourism and Hospitality Marketing and Management

Track 28. Operations Management, Transportation, and Aviation Management

Track 29. Women in Leadership and Management

Track 30.Workshops and Special Sessions or Symposium (You can suggest any other areas you are interested in if not listed in the above areas)

Track 31. Doctoral Research/Master degree Research Papers

Track 32. Sports Marketing/Sports Management in Local or Global Environment

TYPES OF PAPERS FOR SUBMISSIONS

Your submission can be in any of the following four categories:

 An abstract only paper of least 100 words but not more than one page; or

 A proposal/work in progress paper to be no longer than 5 pages; or

 A competitive full paper to be no longer than 15 pages; or

 A literature review paper to be no longer than 15 pages but needs to provide theoretical insights based on reviews of relevant literature.

Email all manuscripts to

(i) Professor Gabriel Ogunmokun, Executive Conference Director/Program Chair ogunmokun@academyofworldbusiness.com  and

(ii) Copy the email containing your paper to the track chair of your paper. If necessary authors can contact the Executive Conference Director/ Program chair. ogunmokun@academyofworldbusiness.com to seek guidance on matching their papers to track area(s).  When the manuscript is received it will be sent out to be double-blind, peer reviewed. More information about guidelines to follow in submitting your papers can be found on: https://academyofworldbusiness.com/wp/conferences/2020-ontario-canada/

Season’s Greetings

Dear Colleagues,

As we near the end of the year, on behalf of the SACOMM Exco, I want to take the opportunity to wish you all a peaceful December break and a good start to the new year. I also want to thank you all for your input and participation in various activities throughout the year and your participation in this year’s conference hosted at the University of Johannesburg.

As we go in to the new year, we are already planning activities to be channel through the working groups. The working groups continue to be our central organising platform in between conferences and hope that you are all interacting with the section heads and that ideas for further collaborations keep on coming. Through this year’s ICAfrica conference in Ghana in November and the roundtable on Media and Communication Association’s that we organised we have strengthened our cooperation with colleagues on the Continent and beyond. You can read more about it on The Journalist, see http://www.thejournalist.org.za. And talking about The Journalist, it continuous to be a tremendous partner for SACOMM along-side our academic journals, and we will continue to coordinate activities and share information.

The planning for SACOMM 2019 at UCT is also in full swing and Prof. Herman Wasserman and his colleagues are already ahead in putting together what promises to be another fantastic conference. We are so looking forward to this and as you might all know we will also have elections next year for a Deputy President and new Chairs/Section heads for the working groups. Importantly, 2019, also marks our 45th anniversary as an organisation.

This is also a reminder of the history archives and the narration of our history that we have started to put on the website, see http://sacomm.org.za/history. We have much to be proud of and much to look forward to!

Have a joyful and peaceful break!

Ylva, Elnerine and the SACOMM Exco

SACOMM Listserv

For many years, Prof. Keyan Tomaselli managed the SACOMM Listserv with utmost dedication and consideration. In 2017, Dr. Elnerine Greeff (UNISA) kindly agreed to take over this responsibility.

Join our Listserv by contacting Dr. Elnerine (WJ) Greeff greefwj@unisa.ac.za
We will not share your information with third parties. We communicate Calls for Papers and activities by the various Interest Groups periodically.

SACOMM STATEMENT: Student protests and related Freedom of Expression rights

21 October 2015

SACOMM is the professional representative association which represents academics and scholars in South Africa, working within the fields of the communication sciences, including media studies, journalism, film, corporate communication and communication in general.

We note with concern the various instances of violation of freedom of expression and speech rights, accompanying the current student protests against the rise of university tuition fees.

Nationwide, our students and academics have legitimate concerns over the rising cost of tuition fees, which serve as a mechanism for economic exclusion from higher education. The students and others protesting peacefully in solidarity, are within their constitutionally protected rights to express these concerns through protest action, assembly, organising and mobilising, and via media communications channels such as the social media.

The efforts at various sites around the country to deny student groups from practising these rights are deplorable, since they violate the principles of an open democracy, the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, and the fundamental human rights of free expression, speech and the right of assembly and/or protest. Such recent transgressions of these rights include:

  • The Western Cape High Court interdict regarding student protests at the University of Cape Town, including the apparent interdiction of the hashtag “#FEESMUSTFALL”, which amounts to the banning of a free speech act that is unconstitutional and therefore unlawful.
  • The reported shutting down of the Wifi service at the University of Pretoria, which disenables students from making use of communications networks during the protests, including the social media.
  • The shutting down of the University of Pretoria campus by security, thus preventing students from partaking in their right to assembly on the campus.
  • The presence of an armed police contingent at recent protests near the Wits campus – a clear threat to the safety of students while practicing their free expression rights of protest and assembly.
  • The arrest and detention of students at the University of Cape Town.
  • The use of stun grenades and rubber bullets by the police against protesting students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, causing injury to some students.
  • The various instances of police violence against protesting students at the Tshwane University of Technology (which has been recurrent for some time).
  • The use of violence and stun grenades by public order policing against students outside of Parliament in Cape Town.

We call on all university managers to show respect for our scholars and we call on scholars to respect the rule of law, and with university managers to foster open channels for constructive engagement. We ask that you remind yourselves that the students are entitled, by law, to utilise all modes of communications, including the social media, to organise, debate, connect, and disseminate their messages. But we also deplore the use of intimidation, threat and violence by any party.

We call on the South African Police Service and all campus security workers to practice restraint and ensure the safety of our young people, while allowing them to practice their right to have their voices heard through the actions of protest and assembly.  By the same logic, we must respect the rights of those who wish to continue with their rights of association and freedom of assembly on campuses.

We offer solidarity to our academic colleagues at various campuses around the country, who have shown support to the students, and attempted to act as mediators between security workers and police in order to ensure the safety of the student protestors.

SACOMM stands in support of the struggle of students to make quality higher education a more accessible reality for all scholars willing to learn. No one should be made poor from attending a university.

 

For further comment contact:

Prof Colin Chasi (SACOMM President): 082 555 0436

Prof Pier Paolo Frassinelli (SACOMM Communication Advocacy focus group): 072 338 0406

SACOMM STATEMENT: SABC Crisis

 

22 July 2016 – STATEMENT BY MEDIA EDUCATORS ON SABC CRISIS

The following statement has been issued by educators in journalism and media studies

We, the undersigned educators in journalism, media studies and related subjects, condemn in the strongest terms the arbitrary suspension and firing of some of the leading journalists at the SABC.

The journalists were suspended after making legitimate editorial inquiries about edicts from management that proposed censoring visuals of particular protests.
Any editorial conference or discussion should be a forum where journalists can make their views known and ask questions. In this case the question went to the heart of the mandate of the public broadcaster which is created by, and subject to, statute. One of the objects of the Broadcasting Act, which is among the laws governing the SABC, is to: “ensure plurality of news, views and information and provide a wide range of entertainment and education programmes.” Section 9 (d) of the Act calls on the broadcaster to “ provide significant news and public affairs programming which meets the highest standards of journalism, as well as fair and unbiased coverage, impartiality, balance and independence from government, commercial and other interests”.
The SABC is a public broadcaster belonging to the country. It is the primary source of news for millions of people. It is a place where many of our young graduates should be able to practise their profession and adhere to the highest ethical standards possible.
Unfortunately, this is no longer the case at the broadcaster. The SABC has turned into a place where those who try to maintain a sense of ethics and professionalism are harassed, suspended and dismissed. It has turned into a place where the very basics of the law – complying with the regulatory authority, ICASA – are flouted.
As educators that strive towards instilling values of democratic debate, independent thinking, ethics and accountability in our students, we are shocked by the disregard shown to the independent regulator in an attempt to silence critical questions.
The SABC is a national resource. It does not belong to one person or even a small group of people. This was evident as far back as 1993 when the ANC and civil society groups, which opposed censorship, insisted at the constitutional negotiations in Kempton Park that the legislation governing the broadcaster be the first to change so that a free and fair election in 1994 could be guaranteed.
The SABC is not only flouting the law, but has violated the entire vision of democracy and constitutionalism that brought it into being. This is not the media environment that we want to see our graduates working in.
We call on the SABC to reinstate the fired journalists with immediate effect, and for the Portfolio committee on communications to urgently convene a public hearing into the matter. The SABC is a public resource and must operate in a lawful manner, consistent with the Broadcasting Act and the Constitution. The very principles of democratic debate, public participation and rule of law are at stake.
Signed:
  1. Herman Wasserman, Professor and Director, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town
  2. Martha Evans, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town
  3. Pippa Green, Media manager, Research Project on Employment, Income Distribution and Inclusive Growth, UCT (former head Journalism Programme, University of Pretoria)
  4. Alexia Smit, Lecturer in Television Studies, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town
  5. Litheko Modisane, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of cape Town
  6. Martin Botha, Associate Professor, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town
  7. Tanja Bosch, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town
  8. Ian-Malcolm Rijsdijk, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town
  9. Musawenkosi Ndlovu, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town
  10. Wallace Chuma, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town
  11. Lesley Marx, Associate Professor, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town
  12. Ron Irwin, Lecturer, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town
  13. Marion Walton, Associate Professor, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town
  14. Ian Glenn, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town
  15. Adam Haupt, Associate Professor, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town
  16. Philippe-Joseph Salazar, Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric, Centre for Rhetoric Studies, University of Cape Town
  17. Larry Strelitz, Professor and Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University
  18. Anthea Garman, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University
  19. Peter du Toit, Research Associate, Project for Conflict Sensitive Reporting, School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University
  20. Jeanne du Toit, Senior Lecturer – Radio. School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University
  21. Alette Schoon, Lecturer, School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University
  22. Rod Amner, Lecturer, School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University
  23. Simon Pamphilon, Lecturer, School of Journalism & Media Studies, Rhodes University
  24. Jenny Gordon, Lecturer, School of Journalism & Media Studies, Rhodes University
  25. Gillian Rennie, Lecturer, School of Journalism & Media Studies, Rhodes University
  26. Glenda Daniels, Senior Lecturer, Department of Media Studies, Wits University
  27. Mehita Iqani, Associate Professor, Media Studies, Wits University
  28. Nicky Falkof, Senior Lecturer, Media Studies, Wits University
  29. Cobus van Staden, Lecturer, Media Studies, Wits University
  30. Iginio Gagliardone, Lecturer, Media Studies, Wits University
  31. Lesley Cowling, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, Wits University
  32. Elna Schütz, radio producer, Department of Journalism, Wits University
  33. Kenneth Kaplan, Lecturer, Film & TV Division, Wits University
  34. Julie Reid, Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication Science, UNISA
  35. Danie du Plessis, Professor and former Chair of the Department of Communication Science, UNISA
  36. Elirea Bornman, Research Professor, Department of Communication Science, UNISA
  37. Gysbert M. Kirsten, Lecturer: Department of Communication Science, UNISA
  38. Christo P Cilliers, Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication Science, UNISA
  39. viola milton, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Science, UNISA
  40. Babalwa Sibango, Junior Lecturer, Department of Communication Science, UNISA
  41. Marie van Heerden, Lecturer Department of Communication Science, UNISA
  42. Keyan G Tomaselli, Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg. Professor Emeritus, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  43. Elna Rossouw, Lecturer, Department of Journalism, Film and Television, University of Johannesburg.
  44. Pier Paolo Frassinelli, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Johannesburg
  45. Ylva Rodny-Gumede, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, University of Johannesburg
  46. Colin Chasi, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Johannesburg
  47. Phyllis Dannhauser, Lecturer, Department of Journalism, Film and Television, University of Johannesburg
  48. Ruth Teer-Tomaselli, Professor, Media and Cultural Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  49. Nicola Jones, Senior Lecturer, Media and Cultural Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  50. Sarah Gibson, Lecturer, Centre for Communication, Media and Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  51. Mike Maxwell, Media and Cultural Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  52. Ayesha Mall, Head of Department of Media, Language and Communications, Durban University of Technology
  53. Anthony Collins, Professor, Department of Media, Language and Communications, Durban University of Technology
  54. Maud Blose, Lecturer, Department of Media, Language and Communications, Durban University of Technology
  55. Robin Sewlal, Senior Lecturer, Department of Media, Language and Communications, Durban University of Technology
  56. Deseni Soobben, Lecturer, Department of Media, Language and Communications, Durban University of Technology
  57. Lizette Rabe, Professor and Chair, Department of Journalism, Stellenbosch University
  58. Gabriël Botma, Senior Lecturer, Department of Journalism, Stellenbosch University
  59. George Claassen, Professor Extraordinary, Department of Journalism, Stellenbosch University
  60. Marenet Jordaan, Lecturer, Department of Journalism, Stellenbosch University
  61. Corli van der Merwe, Rykie van Reenen Fellow, Department of Journalism, Stellenbosch University
  62. Wiida Fourie-Basson, Part-time lecturer and science communication specialist, Department of Journalism, Stellenbosch University
  63. Arrie de Beer, Professor Extraordinary, Department of Journalism, Stellenbosch University
  64. Charles King, Journalism Lecturer, Media Department, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  65. Nic Theo, Senior Lecturer, Media Department, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  66. Colin Charles Adonis, Lecturer, Media Department, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  67. Zubeida Vallie, Photography & Photojournalism Lecturer, Media Department, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  68. Ashraf Jamal, Media Studies, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  69. Asanda Ngoasheng, Journalism Lecturer, Media Department, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  70. Jude Mathurine, Journalism Department, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  71. Lizette Odendaal, Head of Department: Journalism, Tshwane University of Technology
  72. Hilke Steenkamp, Lecturer, Department of Journalism, Tshwane University of Technology
  73. Sholain Govender-Bateman, Lecturer, Department of Journalism, Tshwane University of Technology
  74. Pedro Diederichs, Former Head of Department, and part-time lecturer, Department of Journalism, Tshwane University of Technology
  75. HC (Bok) Marais, S&T Network, Former President South African Communication Association
    Liesbet van Wyk, Cape Town
  76. Sean Jacobs, Associate Professor, The New School, New York
  77. Kiva S.Joseph, Tutorial Assistant, Department of Mass Communication, Uganda Christian University

SACOMM STATEMENT: The crisis in higher education, student protests and related freedom of expression rights

11 October 2016 – In light of the current crisis and as communication scholars, we call for universities to embrace a flexible, pragmatic, humane and dialogical approach, and make our skills in communication and conflict resolution available to our academic communities to help resolve the current impasse.

We note with concern, the following:

The chronic underfunding of tertiary education by government has in large part contributed to the current crisis. Government must address this problem immediately.

The number of students at universities has increased exponentially since the end of apartheid. This is an important development, itis key to decreasing the wide scale inequality in our country and it is good for our democracy.

However, our government has not adequately funded this increase in student numbers. The amount of government funding per student has decreased every year, forcing universities to recover costs by raising student fees. As a result, tuition fees at higher education institutions are beyond the reach of too many students and their families, while at the same time, universities are facing a funding crisis of sustainability.

Basic, secondary and tertiary education is a public good that deserves better investment. It must become one of our government’s priorities. We do not need to redirect funding from other social services for the poor in order to fund education properly. Government must urgently explore and institute alternative funding sources for education, such as curbing military spending (we are not a country at war), recouping misspent funds, preventing state corruption and maladministration of funds, reducing spending on non-essential projects and luxuries (such as nuclear power) and stopping the flight of money which routinely leaves the country illegally.

The involvement and presence of the South African Police Services (SAPS), Public Order Policing Units (POPU) and private security guards on our campuses often makes the situation worse. This is putting our students and our colleagues at risk.

During the #FeesMustFall movement, in both 2015 and 2016, we have seen that when university management brings SAPS, public order policing units or private security guards onto our campuses, the conflict and violence only get worse. Many of the acts of violence by students have happened as a direct response to police and private security brutality. We also note with concern the many instances in which academics and other university staff have been subject to private security or police brutality, harassment, intimidation and physical harm.

The increasing presence of these security forces on our campuses around the country is extremely dangerous, and unnecessarily exacerbates the situation causing an increase in the conflict. We know that most of these security services do not have the necessary training in how to manage public protests in a reasonable and responsible way, or how to diffuse a situation peacefully without causing tensions to escalate into violence. These security services are trained to use force, and it is therefore inappropriate to engage their services on our campuses.

Freedom of expression, for the students, for academics, and for staff/workers

Nationwide, our students, academics and other university workers have legitimate concerns over the rising cost of tuition fees, which serve as a mechanism for economic exclusion from higher education. The students and otherswhen protesting peacefully in solidarity, are within their constitutionally protected rights to express these concerns through protest action, assembly, organising and mobilising, and via media communications channels such as the social media.

  • We call on all university managers to show respect for our students and their freedom of expression rights. We ask that you remind yourselves that the students are entitled, by law, to utilise all modes of communications, including the social media, or physical assembly, to organise, debate, connect, and disseminate their messages.
  • We call on all university managers to show respect to academics and all university workers who show solidarity to the student movement, and who may therefore openly criticize university managements’ actions or decisions. We expect you to respect their academic freedom and freedom of expression rights, as defined by Section 16 of the Constitution.
  • We condemn all criminal and violent acts, whether they are committed by students and protestors, members of private security, or other stakeholders, and call on all members of our academic communities to help fostering open channels for constructive engagement.
  • We call on the South African Police Service and all campus security workers to practice restraint and ensure the safety of our young people, while allowing them to practice their right to have their voices heard through the actions of protest and assembly.

Media and press freedom

The student movement is a matter of national importance and the dissemination of reliable information about it is in the public interest. It is crucial to our country that the media sector is allowed to do its work and perform its duties in this regard without fear or intimidation.

As the educators of future journalists and communications practitioners, we are horrified at the reports that journalists have been barred from campuses,pepper-sprayed, beaten with batons, man-handled, intimidated, and had their footage forcibly deleted by police or private security guards on various campuses. This is unacceptable in a democracy, and is a violation of Section 16 of the Constitution.

We also remind SAPS that your own rules prohibit you from treating the media in this way. SAPS Standing Order 156 instructs you to treat all media representatives with respect, courtesy and dignity even when provoked. You may not delete a journalist’s photographs or footage – this is against the law. Anyone, in any open public space, is allowed to photograph you and you may not stop them.

We are also concerned at reports that some protestors have tried to dictate terms of coverage to journalists. The media must be allowed to perform its work free from all forms of interference.

We offer solidarity to our academic colleagues at various campuses around the country, who have shown support to the students, and attempted to act as mediators between security workers and police in order to ensure the safety of the student protestors.

SACOMM stands in support of the struggle of students to make quality higher education a more accessible reality for all scholars willing to learn. We call on the government and our academic communities to commit seriously to negotiation and action around the call for free, decolonized education in South Africa.

No one should be made poor from attending a university.