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Provisional Conference Programme


You may download the Provisional Programme for SACOMM 2019 here.

NOTE FROM THE CONFERENCE ORGANISERS:

If your name is not highlighted please go to 

https://uctcmc.eventsair.com/sacomm-cultivating-insight/sacomm and register ASAP.

All delegates need to personally register online regardless of whether payment has been received.

If you have not paid and registered you will be removed from the programme.

For any queries please contact 

Jaqui Hiltermann  

sacomm2019@gmail.com

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

CFP: Image & Text (edition #34): Visual rhetoric and rhetorics of the visual


Call for ARTICLES

Image & Text (ISSN: 1020 1497, accreditation 1997)is dedicating a special themed edition, aimed for publication in 2020, to articles that draw attention to rhetorical aspects of visual culture. These rhetorical facets may include the communicative strategies utilised towards making visual products persuasive but also the verbal rhetorical arguments that accompany the creation, promotion or evaluation of the visual.

While rhetoric is traditionally situated within the realms of political and legal argumentation, ‘rhetoric’ is to be found in any arena where communication goals are present. Insofar as a tremendous amount of communication takes place visually, the study of non-verbal and visual rhetoric is a growing area of enquiry. To consider the ‘rhetoric’ of a visual cultural product is to ask what makes the visual text engage or communicate effectively. Visual texts, as ‘rhetorical arguments’ draw our attention by persuading us of their relevance, they convince us of their quality through an ‘eloquence’ of form, and they project an ethos of credibility or authority by exploiting powerful visual conventions. To be rhetorically persuasive, then, can mean to stand out (to draw and maintain attention), but also to become ‘invisible’ (and therefore appear as natural or ‘objective’).

In addition to contributing to the growing area of research on visual rhetoric, this special edition seeks to re-emphasise the importance of rhetorical criticism towards understanding the discursive aspects of visual culture. Visual texts do not operate in isolation. The production and reception of the visual are highly influenced by discursive communities and practices. Verbal utterances of curators and critics, as well as the creators themselves, are thus powerful rhetorical products worthy of further examination. To consider ‘rhetorics of the visual’ is then to interrogate how and why the visual is spoken about in particular ways. In other words, a rhetorical perspective allows one to question the discourses of individuals or communities in terms of how these discourses are used in the description, justification, rationalisation and evaluation of visual practices.

We are therefore looking for original contributions from researchers working on any aspect of “visual rhetoric/rhetorics of the visual”. Contributors are invited to focus on issues/questions such as:

•        Visual rhetorical strategies or tactics as embodied in visual cultural, art and design products

•        Visual rhetoric of both image and text (as used separately or combined)

•        The application of theories of rhetoric towards interpreting the visual

•        The identification and analysis of rhetorical tropes or communicative conventions (as found in particular visual cultural contexts, genres, geographic locations or historical periods)

•        Comparative rhetorical analyses across contexts, genres, media, etc.

•        Rhetorical theory and interpretation towards socio-cultural critique  

•        Problematic or ethically questionable instances of rhetorical argumentation through / surrounding the visual

Please send an extended abstract (of between 300 – 500 words maximum, excluding sources) outlining your article idea by 30 September to the Guest Themed Issue Editor, Dr Anneli Bowie (annelibowie@gmail.com), providing the following information:

•        topic and outline of article

•        form the proposed article will take (e.g., exploratory, theoretical)

•        unique research contribution that article aims to make.

SUCCESSFUL ABSTRACTS:
Authors will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by 30 November 2019.

Authors of abstracts selected for inclusion will be invited to submit a full article of approximately 5 000 – 7 000 words in length (including references) by no later than 30 March 2020. All full article submissions must be formatted according to the Image & Text style guide, available at: http://www.imageandtext.up.ac.za/

Note: All full submissions will undergo a double-blind review and there is no guarantee of acceptance of the final article prior to the completion of the review process.

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


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/

CFP: The Asian Conference on Education 2019

“Independence & Interdependence”
The conference theme for The Asian Conference on Education 2019 (ACE2019) is “Independence & Interdependence”, and invites reflections on the desirability, extent and limits on independence and autonomy for ourselves, our students, and the institutions and structures within which we work, teach and learn. We do not educate, nor are we educated, in vacuums, but in such contexts and constraints as families, groups, and societies; of nations and cultures; of identities and religions; and of political and financial realities.The technological and logistical advances of globalisation have enabled us to become independent and empowered as never before, but have also made us more dependent on the very things allowing autonomy. While technologies allow us to communicate with those on the other side of the world, they can also separate us from those nearby, and contribute to alienation, or loneliness. And yet this increased interconnectedness offers great opportunities to work together to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues, and reminds us of our responsibilities towards each other. Our independence is contextualised in the relations we enjoy with others; in our families and communities, shared institutions, in our wider societies, geographical and political entities, and finally, as a part of the one world we all share.How do we help students and teachers alike navigate and curate the vast information available? How do we encourage individual growth while also underlining the importance of belonging and of the reciprocal responsibilities and privileges of education? How do we help students build the skills and attitudes necessary for positive engagement in distributed, globalised communities that so often lead to polarisation and alienation instead? How do we educate with independence and interdependence in mind? How do we engage meaningfully in “international development” through education? What are the successes and failures of the international system in addressing some of the most pressing concerns of our time?These and many other questions will be addressed at the conference, and we look forward to coming together to exchange ideas and explore new research paths together. We encourage scholars and practitioners working at the intersection of education and international development to explore and submit under the following conference themes:Diversity in Global ContextsEducation & Socio-Economic DevelopmentEducation & Development: Local & Global/Domestic & InternationalEducation: Public & Private PartnershipsEconomics & Management of EducationLiteracy: Poverty & SustainabilityInnovation & ValueIn conjunction with our Global Partners, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2019.

– The ACE2019 Organising CommitteeTien-Hui Chiang, Zhengzhou University, China
Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Paul Lai, Nagoya University, Japan
Tzu-Bin Lin, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Yvonne Masters, University of New England, Australia
José McClanahan, Creighton University, USA
Ted O’Neill, Gakushuin University, Japan
Justin Sanders, Osaka University, Japan
Zachary Walker, University College London (UCL), UK

Financial Support for PhD students and Early Career Academics

IAFOR is dedicated to helping young scholars achieve their research and academic goals, while also encouraging them to apply the principles of interdisciplinary study to their work. IAFOR offers travel and accommodation grants, and full or partial scholarships covering conference registration fees, to select PhD students and early career academics who might not otherwise have the financial resources to be able to attend our academic conferences.

For information about the financial support IAFOR offers to PhD students and early career academics, please visit our Grants & Scholarships page. If you know anyone who could benefit from IAFOR’s Grants & Scholarships Programme, please forward this URL: https://ace.iafor.org/grants-and-scholarships/. Abstracts must be submitted by June 21, 2019 in order to be considered for funding.

Location & Venue: Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
Conference Dates: Thursday, October 31, 2019 to Sunday, November 3, 2019
Conference Theme: Independence & Interdependence

Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: June 21, 2019*
Final Abstract Submission Deadline: August 22, 2019

Early Bird Registration Deadline: July 18, 2019*
Final Registration Deadline for presenters: September 19, 2019

This conference is organised by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) in association with the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in Osaka University, Japan.

Join the conversation with #IAFOR and #IAFORACE

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. 

Copyright Amendment Bill: Implications for universities

By Keyan Tomaselli  

As researchers we need to be aware of the potential impacts of the Bill on our daily work, performance management KPAs and research funding. Here are three just published interventions on the issue. The Bill will be tabled at NCOP later this month.

Fatally flawed copyright bill will favour internet giants

Concerns of authors have been ignored in the bid to expand so-called ‘education exceptions’ 14 MARCH 2019 – 05:10 SIHAWUKELE NGUBANE

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/2019-03-14-fatally-flawed-copyright-bill-will-favour-internet-giants/

Copyright Amendment Bill is vital for SA to be part of 21st century

Copyright is a form of intellectual property that protects expressions of ideas and benefits those who provide a diversity of cultural resources that are valuable in society 13 MARCH 2019 – 05:10 CARLO SCOLLO LAVIZZARI

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/2019-03-13-copyright-amendment-bill-is-vital-for-sa-to-be-part-of-21st-century/

Free to reproduce, free to exploit: South Africa’s copyright amendment bill    14 March, The Conversation, Keyan G Tomaselli

The general consensus of a recently organised symposium attended by copyright lawyers, law professors, university presses, journal editors, copyright officers and other interested parties is that the proposed bill will hammer one more nail into the coffin of South Africa’s ailing university system.

http://theconversation.com/free-to-reproduce-free-to-exploit-south-africas-copyright-amendment-bill-113212

This article was submitted by Keyan Tomaselli – read the original article at “The Conversation”

Lecture: Jonathan Haynes

AFDA invites SACOMM members the a lecture by the visiting Fulbright Senior Scholar, Jonathan Haynes.

His area of specialisation is Nollywood. He would like to engage with us on more up to date perspectives on Nollywood – as he is currently the Fulbright Senior Scholar, Departments of English and Creative Arts at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

He has expressed the wish to not engage in a traditional class – but instead, to debate and discuss the issues that might arise from your experiences and ideas around Nollywood. An Academic Q&A round about Nollywood.

We look forward to welcome him and of course are interested in the debates. Please RSVP your attendance to Simone@afda.co.za – by Tuesday, 12.03.19.

Who: Jonathan Hayes – Visiting Senior Fulbright Scholar – https://jonhaynes.net

What: Contemporary Perspectives on Nollywood

When: Friday, 15 March 2019 – 09:00 –12:30

Where: AFDA JHB Campus – 41 Frost Avenue, 2092 Auckland Park

How: RSVP – Simone Singh, Course Administrative Assistant, Postgraduate Studies – simone@afda.co.za – by Tuesday, 12 March 2019.

CFP – SACOMM 2019: August 28-30, University of Cape Town

Inside | Outside

CALL FOR PAPERS

Current communication debates are increasingly dominated by polarities and conflicts. On closer inspection, these polarities are not always defined by antagonism or opposing ideologies, but are also informed by power imbalances in terms of race, class and gender, technological access, education, age, geospatial factors, and mobility.

This year’s theme looks at the positions of communications specialists, media producers and users as being inside or outside media systems; from being inside the echo chamber to being shut out by censorship; from speaking as an inside whistleblower to being left outside the frame. Who has and who controls access to creative technologies and distribution? Who speaks, who is being followed, who is being listened to and whose voices are being amplified? What is heard on air, or edited out? How does one’s position (either inside or outside) make one vulnerable, empowered, educated or misinformed?

Themes may include, but are not limited to the following:

Content platforms and gatekeepers

Film, media and marginality

Media networks and ecologies

Film and media censorship

Citizen journalism, community media and media corporations

Television beyond the box

Media scholarship and inclusion

African media scholarship in the world

Media platforms and questions of access

WhatsApp and citizen witnesses

News writing and news aggregation

Threats to media freedom

Social media

Corporate communication, crisis communication, strategic communication, organisational communication

Development communication

Election coverage

ABSTRACT CATEGORIES

There will be three categories of presentation:

Category 1: Full 20-minute conference paper presentations

Category 2: Panel discussion sessions and/or roundtable/workshop proposals

Category 3: Poster presentations

Best Paper Prizes

There are two paper prizes: a student award and an open paper prize. To be eligible for the awards, full papers must be submitted by 5th of August.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS

All abstracts must be submitted to the email address: sacomm2019@gmail.com, using the correct abstract submission form. Submissions not submitted on the correct form will not be accepted. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. Submission of one abstract per person is encouraged to keep the programme manageable. No more than two abstracts per person (for different streams) will be allowed.

The Abstract Submission form can be downloaded here: Abstract Submission Form

Key dates:

Abstract: 30 April 2019

Notification of acceptance: 31 May 2019

Full paper submission: 5 August 2019

This year’s theme looks at the positions of media producers and users as being inside or outside media systems; from being inside the echo chamber to being shut out by censorship; from speaking as an inside whistleblower to being left outside the frame. Who has and who controls access to creative technologies and distribution? Who speaks, who is being followed, who is being listened to and whose voices are being amplified? What is heard on air, or edited out? How does one’s position (either inside or outside) make one vulnerable, empowered, educated or misinformed?

Themes may include, but are not limited to the following:

Content platforms and gatekeepers

Film, media and marginality

Media networks and ecologies

Film and media censorship

Citizen journalism, community media and media corporations

Television beyond the box

Media scholarship and inclusion

African media scholarship in the world

Media platforms and questions of access

WhatsApp and citizen witnesses

News writing and news aggregation

Threats to media freedom

Election coverage

ABSTRACT CATEGORIES

There will be three categories of presentation:

Category 1: Full 20-minute conference paper presentations

Category 2: Panel discussion sessions and/or roundtable/workshop proposals

Category 3: Poster presentations

Best Paper Prizes

There are two paper prizes: a student award and an open paper prize. To be eligible for the awards, full papers must be submitted by 5th of August.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS

All abstracts must be submitted to the email address: sacomm2019@gmail.com, using the correct abstract submission form. Submissions not submitted on the correct form will not be accepted. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

The Abstract Submission form can be downloaded here: Abstract Submission Form

Key dates:

Abstract: 30 April 2019

Notification of acceptance: 31 May 2019

Full paper submission: 5 August 2019