Seminar & Book Launch

University of Johannesburg School of Communication

in collaboration with the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Studies (JIAS)

DATE Friday, 17 July
TIME 16:00 -18:00
VENUE Zoom / Virtual


Media Studies: Critical African and Decolonial Approaches (Oxford University Press, 2019)

Sarah Chiumbu (University of Johannesburg) Mehita Iqani (University of the Witwatersrand)

Tanja Bosch (University of Cape Town)
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A Post- Doctoral fellowship position has become vacant in the Department of Communication, at the University of Fort Hare, Alice Campus.

Eligibility criteria are:

  • Doctoral Degree in Communication; not older than 5 years;
  • Internal /External permanent staff members do not qualify for this programme, irrespective of where the doctorate was obtained
  • Applicants must be South African Citizens or holders of SA Permanent Residence
  • This is a full-time 1 year contract fellowship @ R250 000 per annum non-taxable with a possibility to renew. Areas of specialisation:

This Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (PDRF) will be hosted under the Developmental Communication Research Group within the Communication Department at the University of Fort Hare, Alice Campus. The Project aims at conducting cutting-edge research focusing on development communication related issues, especially issues around the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Key Performance Areas / Expectations:

  • The successful Postdoctoral Fellow is required to produce at least three peer-reviewed research articles in DHET accredited journals during the tenure of the fellowship.
  • It is believed that the expertise of the PDRF will surely contribute to the research productivity of this research group, postgraduate students as well as the Department. To apply for the above fellowship: Candidates who meet the criteria are invited to forward an application with a motivational letter, updated CV, and certified copies of their academic/professional certificates to: Prof. O.O. Osunkunle ( ) Due date for application: July 9, 2020

Don’t Panic

The Premise • Why is Don’t Panic Important?

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Media Coverage
SAFM Radio interview for Don’t Panic. April 27 2020 – Web Articles:

  • Webinair : HELPING CHILDREN TO COPE WITH THEIR FEARS ABOUT COVID-19 chaired by Professor Deevia Bhana DATE : Wednesday, 08 July 2020 TIME : 16h00 – 17h00 (GMT+2) Topic ‘Helping children learn through visual storytelling enabled by new technologies.’
    Register: “Why stories ? Because the soul’s way of communicating is to teach.” (Campbell, 1968)

Dear SACOMM Community

Earlier this year we sent out an email announcing that we would delay the Call for Papers for our yearly conference due to the COVID-19 virus and restrictions surrounding it. We strive to make decisions that prioritise your safety and wellbeing. We also have to contend with realities around what is possible for the ExCo, Local Organising Committee and members in what is left of the year.

With due regard for its importance, ExCo has decided to postpone this year’s conference. We will strive to have the conference in Limpopo next year (all factors permitting). This does not mean that the activities of SACOMM will cease.

Virtual Activities: We will send out a questionnaire soon, in which you will be able to indicate what interest group(s) you want to be engaged in this year. Interest group convenors will schedule virtual sessions/activities with their constituents, as possible.

The AGM: Our Annual General Meeting will continue virtually. More information on this will follow in due course, but it will most likely take on the form of a Microsoft Teams Live Event, which you will be able to join via a link. The date for the AGM is set for Tuesday evening 29 September (17:30 to 19:30), to take into consideration the many activities that members have to attend to during the day.

Membership: Allowing for the impact that COVID-19 has had on institutions’ and individuals’ spending power, ExCo has decided to roll over all 2019 membership fees for another year. This means that if you were a member in good standing in 2019 (i.e. you attended the 2019 conference, or paid your membership fees directly to our Administrator), you automatically stay a member for 2020. Membership is renewable ahead of our 2021 Conference. If you were not a member in 2019, but wish to become one now, you will be able to do so for a reduced fee of R100 for the year.

We thank you for your continued support. SACOMM stays committed to fulfilling its duties in a manner that prioritises its members and its values. We will see each other soon virtually and in person at #SACOMM2021.

Call for Chapters: Social media driven journalism in the global south: The past, present and the future

There has been considerable research looking at the potential of new media technologies, traditional journalism and citizen reporting. The extent to which these new media technologies and ‘citizen journalism’ have morphed or reconfigured traditional journalism practice remains debatable. Recently, there has been questions around the limits of social media in journalism practice as the ethical lines continue to become blurred. It is this conundrum of the role of social media in the reconfiguration of the political economy of the media and news production practices that requires more investigation. On one hand, social media allows citizen journalists or amateur journalists to articulate themselves in their own language challenging the hegemony the mainstream media enjoyed for a long time. However, the flip side is that most content posted on social media does not go through ethical checks which has consequences for mainstream media that rely on social media for content. Social media has also turned the logic of the political-economy of the media production on its head as citizens can now produce, package and distribute news and information with shoestring budgets and in authoritarian regimes with no license of practice. This new political-economy means the power that special interest groups used to enjoy is increasingly slipping from their hands as citizens take back the power to appropriate social media journalism to counter hegemonic narratives. Citizens can also perform journalistic roles of investigating and whistle-blowing but with lack or limited regulation, this becomes a murky area of traditional journalism practice. In this proposed edited collection, we call for chapters with interest in case studies of news media employing and integrating social media into their news production practices. The volume attempts to link social media use to journalistic practices and news production processes in the digital age of the Global South. Critically, the submissions should look at seminal cases of start-up news media whose content is informed by social media content and trends. Issues of blurred ethics in the era of social media journalism is of importance as unlicensed and to an extent untrained journalist publish information with no regard to the code of ethics. Contributions are not limited to the suggested areas below:

· Use of social media content in traditional journalism sectors
· The meaning of interferences of technology and audiences to professional journalism
· Ethics in the use of social media content
· Survival strategies and alternative media in the global south
· Political economy of social media
· Digital journalism start-ups
· Meanings of citizens’ contributions to mainstream journalism
· Meanings of citizens’ debating of mainstream journalism production processes/products
· Meanings of citizens’ critiques of mainstream journalism
· Power dynamics in social media driven mainstream journalism
· Counterhegemonic and hegemonic enterprises in news production, consumption in social media driven journalism.

Please email chapter proposals of up to 500 words in length, as well as brief author biographical information, to the volume editors at and

These should be sent through by the 15th of July 2020. Decisions on proposals will be made and communicated to authors early August, 2020. The series editors of Palgrave Studies in Journalism and Global South have indicated interest to publish this volume.


Constructions of the Real: Intersections of Practice and Theory in Documentary-Based Filmmaking

As more filmmakers have entered into academic institutions, and other film practitioners have sought to engage with philosophy, the relationship between filmmaking and theory has become entwined in dynamic ways. The confluence of theory and practice has impacted on the relationship between forms, platforms and content. Further, it has interrogated how the process of filmmaking can create new knowledge, and can apply theory to the filmmaking process to open up new ways of practising. 

Constructions of the Real seeks to bring together documentary-based practitioner-researchers writing about their processes of making. Drawn from a range of global perspectives, each chapter aims to reflect a deep engagement with the creative-theoretical processes of film and media making located in a phenomenological world. Through a range of diverse and situated practices, the book engages with current debates about the role of creative scholarship, making a claim for documentary and non-fiction filmmaking as a necessary practice for framing, critiquing and interpreting the world. 

Agnès Varda coined the term cinécriture to describe film as emerging from a subtle and complex process involving reconnaissance, inspirations, writing, shooting and editing (2014). We embrace this emphasis on the creative entanglements of relationships and things encountered by the  filmmaker. Through prioritising process, we see non-fiction filmmaking as a creative act, messy and full of contradictions. We welcome authors who can speak to these issues from their own practice. 

Alongside this, we are interested in non-fiction filmmaking that disrupts the “reassuring mutual reinforcement of sound and image” (Marks, 2000) of traditional documentary by suggesting new forms, structures and intentions.  

We are initially seeking a 300 word abstract for eventual chapters of 5000-6000 words. Please include a short author bio (100 words) and brief bibliography (in addition to the abstract length) with your abstract.

Deadline for abstracts is: August 11, 2020.

Draft chapters will be due in the first half of 2021.

You can send abstracts, and any questions you have, to

We actively encourage practitioner-scholars from the Global South as well as Indigenous and First Nation practitioners.

Some provocations for the book chapters include:

The Expanded Essay Film

What are the new directions that the essay film is heading in, and how are practitioner/academics working with the affordances of new technologies and platforms?

The Other-than-Human 

What strategies can be employed to shift perspectives from the anthropocentric?

Contested Spaces  

How can filmmaking practices reveal and critique histories and sovereignty of place? 

Disruptions and Transgressions

How can strategies of disruptions and transgressions challenge the gendered or colonial gaze?

Making Memory 

How can non-fiction filmmaking create memory for the practitioner, speak into silences, and make a past in order to restore the present?

Filming the Self

Can filming the self achieve ‘reconciliation’, how might this be achieved and at what cost?

Archive as Practice

How can moving-image archives be recycled to reframe social relationships  across time and space?


What can working with amateur home movies offer as a method to explore professional practice?

Publisher for the Book

We intend to publish with Intellect Books, in particular as part of the book series Artwork Scholarship: International Perspectives in Education, edited by Anita Sinner, Associate Professor in the Department of Art Education at Concordia University, Canada, and Rita Irwin, Professor of Art Education in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia, Canada. 

You can find more about the series here: 

Book Editors

Kim Munro is a documentary maker and lecturer at RMIT University. She has published broadly in books and journals on the intersections between documentary theory and practice. Catherine Gough-Brady is an award-winning documentary producer and director who has published widely on the emergent use of video as a method of academic discourse. Christine Rogers is a filmmaker and scholar and her non-fiction writing has been published in journals, newspapers and anthologies. She co-edited the book Mediations: Working Papers on Media and Practice, RMIT University, with Professor Lisa French and Dr. Jenny Weight. Liz Burke is a documentary producer, whose work has been distributed through broadcast television and film festivals. Her area of academic research is the intersection between interactive documentary and the essay film. She lectures at Swinburne University of Technology. Liz Baulch is a film producer whose narrative and experimental films have screened widely on the international film festival circuit. Her current creative practice and area of research is the recontextualisation of the Australian family in amateur home movies. She lectures at Deakin University.

Catherine Gough-Brady


Ph: +61 0438114064

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):


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.


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

Registration Deadline is 26 July, 2019.

Conference Details
Registration Details
Accommodation Details

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:

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:


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.


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.


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 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


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  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. 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: