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Announcing a CMRC Conference in Collaboration with SIMAGINE

Imagined Borders, Epistemic Freedoms: The Challenge of Social Imaginaries in Media, Art, Religion and Decoloniality
Hosted by The Center for Media, Religion, and Culture

University of Colorado Boulder

January 8-11, 2020

 The question of borders and the practice of bordering persist in a world destined for encounters and confrontations. This persistence today bears resemblance to long-standing legacies of coloniality, modernity, and globalization, but it also foregrounds new narratives, aesthetics, and politics of exclusion and dehumanization. Talk of walls, fortresses, boundaries, and deportation has never been a political or philosophical anomaly, but rather a reflection of a particularistic social imaginary, a linear compulsion of epistemic assumptions that sees the world through the logic of hierarchy, classification, difference, and ontological supremacy. This foreclosure is a widely shared and accepted social imaginary, as demonstrated in current scholarship in the critical humanities and social and political sciences: a foreclosure that has also defined institutions and disciplines of knowledge production which continue to marginalize other knowledge systems and intellectual traditions and refuse to acknowledge their viability and legitimacy in the academy. Disciplinary walls and intellectually demarcated canons within the Western and Westernized university in the Global North and South have generally produced narrow curricula and models of learning that reproduce selective systems of thought, discourses and practices. 

The tenacity of this normalized worldview requires urgent new imaginaries: a decolonial perspective not only to call out the ontological instability of Western theory, but also to establish a sense of epistemic hospitality capable of liberating and re-centering other ways of knowing and dwelling in the world. This contestation of physical and cognitive borders has found its most ardent proponents in recent movements such as #RhodesMustFall, Standing Rock, Idle No More, Undocumented and Unafraid, #Whyismycurriculumsowhite, Arab Uprisings, Black Lives Matter, and #MeToo, among others. At the heart of this decolonial injunction is a desire by absented voices to reclaim the right to self-narrate, to signify, and to render visible local histories, other temporalities, subjectivities, cosmologies, and struggles silenced by Western and Westernized accounts of the world. 

The fields of art, religion and the media have not yet come under historical scrutiny about their own epistemic and existential imaginaries and whether they reify or disrupt dominant structures and legacies of knowledge production? Drawing from a variety of intellectual traditions and established academic disciplines, these fields risk carrying the same blind spots, the same foreclosures, the same ontological foundations, and the same centered claims to universality. 

What can a decolonial critique then do to avoid a zero-sum epistemology? And how can we develop new decolonial imaginaries as an invitation to undo the Eurocentrism of our paradigms, challenge the verticality of our pedagogical designs, and achieve an ethics of interpretation, an epistemic justice whereby theories from the South or from ‘the margins’ in the North are not treated merely as local or subjective? The decolonial attitude challenges us to avoid embracing singular universalities, and rethink altogether the hierarchies of global-local and of universal-particular that underlie this world’s inequality.

This will be the ninth in a series of successful international conferences held by the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture in Boulder. The previous meetings have brought together an interdisciplinary community of scholars for focused conversations on emerging issues in media and religion. Each has proven to be an important landmark in the development of theory and method in its respective area and has resulted in important collaborations, publications, and resources for further research and dialogue.

The 2020 conference is organized in conjunction with SIMAGINE, an international and interdisciplinary research consortium bringing together partners from the USA, the UK, Europe and South-Africa; it is hosted by the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and dedicated to the study of social imaginaries between secularity and religion in a globalizing world. SIMAGINE has organized conferences on ‘Religion, Community, Borders’ leading to a special issue of the open access Journal for Religion and Transformation in December 2019. In 2018 the consortium published the volume Social Imaginaries in a Globalizing World.

The conference will feature keynote lectures and keynote conversations, as well as thematic panels and artistic performances. We invite papers and panels from across disciplines, intellectual traditions, and geographic locations that engage with these questions and beyond. Possible topics could include but are not limited to:

• Borders, Bordering, Border Zones between the Imaginary and the Real

• Modernity, Secularity, Religious Legacies and Universality

• Social Imaginaries and (the Critique of) Anthropocentrism

• Coloniality and Decolonial Epistemologies

• What Counts as Critical Theory and Decolonial Critique?

• What Counts as Religion in the Decolonial Imaginary?

• Big Data, Algorithmic Culture, and (De)Coloniality

• Decolonial Intersectionalities

• Decolonial Feminisms

• Decolonizing Race, Ethnicity, and Identity

• Decolonial Pedagogy, Methodology, and Praxis.

• Media, Religion, and Theoretical Provincialism

• Media, Arts, and Decolonial Theory

• Media, Religion, the Other, and the Subaltern

• Religion, Theology, and Social Imaginaries

• Social Imaginaries and (the Critique) of Neoliberalist Globalization

• Geopolitics of Knowledge Production

• Language, Publishing, and Boundaries of Learning

• Imagination and Worldview Education: Interreligious Dialogue

• Queering the Archives

 Abstracts of 300-350 words should be submitted to cmrc@colorado.edu by June 10, 2019. Please include your email address and university affiliation in your submission. 

For questions, email Nabil Echchaibi, Associate Director: nabil.echchaibi@colorado.edu.

or Stewart M. Hoover, Director: hoover@colorado.edu.

For more information, visit cmrc.colorado.edu

Call for Book Chapters: Television in the Digital Age: Disjuncture, Continuities and Prospects

Editors: Prof Gilbert Motsaathebe and Prof Sarah Chiumbu 

University of Johannesburg

Introduction 

The television industry has evolved drastically over the past few years. However, at the present moment the medium of television appears to be experiencing a continual cataclysm precipitated by the onslaught of multiple media platforms and digitization of content. All these developments are taking place in a policy environment. In this new media eco-system, the availability of content on internet platforms, the rise of on-demand content, streaming and pay per view services continue to transform viewing habits of television audience, forcing many television stations into an adapt-or-perish mode. The other factor is that the younger generation of today are very different from the generation of the time when television was a household medium which dominated leisure time activities. In this scenario television worldwide has seen a marked increase in the fragmentation of its audience and what some classify as the shrinkage of television audience. This has complicated the television business with regard to content generation, programming and scheduling, as television stations have to find innovative ways to adapt to this changing environment in which the power has shifted to the audience who are very much in control of what they watch. 

While some have expressed concern regarding the future of television others believe it will simply adapt and will continue to gain momentum and flourish again. What is clear, however, is that television as we know it will no longer be the same. As such, this edited anthology seeks to focus on embryonic issues in the study of television focusing on television in its current form, challenges and future trends, particularly with respect to countries in the Global South. We therefore invite chapters from scholars, researchers and television practitioners that interrogate the issues raised above. This book is not intended to be a be-it-all book in television but it hopes to address wide-ranging issues that students of television, practitioners and academics would find very relevant particularly in Africa and the Global South. We want to balance a range of factors to ensure that the anthology provides the best possible range of materials for modern day television scholars, students, practitioners and enthusiasts. We particularly welcome chapters that make a strong case for advancing theoretical or methodological understanding of television studies in its current form with strong focus on Africa and the Global South. 

The book is intended to serve as a key reference text in television studies. Although there are some articles and sporadic book chapters touching on some of the issues raised here, there is no elaborate work that focuses on most of the issues that this book seeks to cover particularly in the context of the Global South. 

The editors invite academics, researchers and practitioners to submit original chapters which are related, but not limited, to the following themes/aspects: 

* Television and multimedia platforms 

* Television and Digital Migration 

* Television Journalism in the Digital Age 

* Digitization and Television News 

* Television and Popular Culture 

* Community Television 

* Telvision and Streaming Services 

* Television and Social Media 

* Second Screen Viewing 

* Telvision and Audience Fragmentation 

* Television Newsroom and Editorial Independence 

* Television, Policy and Regulation in the Digital Age 

Submission Guidelines & Deadline: 

* Please submit chapter proposals/abstracts of 800 to 1000 words, clearly explaining the aims concerns of the proposed chapter. 

* A minimum of five (5) keywords must be provided 

* Chapter proposals should reach the editors before March 15, 2019 

* Authors will be notified of the outcome of their proposals on April 15, 2019 

* Full chapters which will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis are to be submitted by October 30, 2019. 

Important Dates 

Proposal Submission Deadline : 15 March 2019 Proposal Outcome : 15 April 2019 Full Chapter Submission : 30 October 2019 Review Process : November 2019 – March 2020 Revised Chapter from Authors : May 2020 Submission of Final Manuscript to the publisher: : July 2020 

Send chapter proposals to: Gilbert Motsaathebe – motsaathebeg@uj.ac.za Sarah Chiumbu – sarahc@uj.ac.za

ICA Washington DC

ICA Africa


  1. As you are probably aware, the 69th ICA Annual Conference will take place in Washington DC, from 24 – 28 May 2019 (both dates inclusive). The venue address is:-
 
Washington Hilton Hotel
1919 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20009
United States
  1. Please note that Online registration is available until: 5/3/2019. Ensure that at registration you do so under tier C
  2. But before registration, kindly Renew or Join ICA to take advantage of member discounts on conference rates. The ICA membership year runs from 1 October to 30 September annually
  3. Early registration begins on 16 January 2019 and will close at 16:00 UTC on 17 April 2019.
  4. If you have questions related to conference registration please contact Kristine Rosa at membership@icahdq.org
  5. For more info on ICA#19 Washington DC, please visit the ICA website:https://www.icahdq.org/
  6. If you haven’t, please apply for the partial travel grant. Deadline is 1st March 2019:
  7. If you are traveling to DC for the Conference, please inform ICAfrica Secretary; Miriam (miriam.kwena@gmail.com ) for other logistical info.

Once again, thanks very much for choosing to be apart of ICA and ICAfrica.

ARTS AND CULTURE TO HOST THE 2019 SOUTH AFRICAN FILM SUMMIT, JOHANNESBURG

 MEDIA STATEMENT

Government through National Department of Arts and Culture will host the South African Film Summit from 04 – 05 February 2019 at Skyrink Studios, in Johannesburg Gauteng. The Summit will be held under the theme: “Transformation and innovation in the South African Film/Audio-Visual Industry and the 4th Industrial Revolution. Are we geared for change?”


Industry experts and policy makers within the audio-visual industry will deliberate on key resolutions as guiding efforts towards the development of the local film industry in alignment with emerging trends and global developments.

The South African Film Summit seeks to:

  • Assess the extent to which the current or emerging legislation and policies either enhance or hinder the transformation and development of the film and television industry in South Africa.
  • Evaluate the extent to which the South African Film Industry is catching up or aligning itself with emerging trends and global developments, premised by Pan-Africanism.
  • Create a platform for knowledge sharing through case studies and benchmarking with similar countries in the developing world.
  • Evaluating the successes and challenges of national and regional film industries with particular reference to funding and resources of the sector.

The South African Film Industry refers to the broader audio-visual media industry which includes film, television and digital media as defined in the Revised White Paper, 2017. The film industry is one of the oldest in the world having initiated in 1896. Despite such a long history, the South African film industry’s place within the local economy and globally is a contested one. This is in terms of its contribution in both social and economic value. 

As such, whether the industry is in its infancy or not remains a contentious matter. This is considering the low film production volumes, unsustainable business models and a largely freelance workforce because South Africa is not short on policies and strategies to support the industry.

“Policy coordination and coherence is important to ensure there are no unnecessary bottlenecks, contradictions and gaps that will negatively impact on the business environment while simultaneously encouraging investment, particularly from the private sector”, states Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

About 300 experts and policy makers from key organizations, Government and industry institutions such as: the South African Broadcasting Corporation National Film and Video Foundation; South African Screen Federation; South African Guild of Actors, South African Arts & Culture Youth Forum and Independent Black Filmmakers Collective as well as other local and international key stakeholders will take part in the summit.

“Addressing South Africa’s positioning in the film sector, not only in the continent but also globally, is an important one if the country is to compete in the creative economy”, concludes the Minister.

Media enquiries: Petunia Lessing

Cell: 066 301 4645 / email: petunial@dac.gov.za

For more information, please contact Asanda Magaqa: Cell: 072 327 6807 / email: asandam@dac.gov.za or Zimasa Velaphi, Cell: 072 172 8925 / email: zimasav@dac.gov.za

Issued by GCIS on behalf of the Department of Arts and Culture

24 January 2019 

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CFP: International Communication Association 2019 Pre-conference

CALL FOR PAPERS – #CommunicationSoWhite: Discipline, Scholarship, and the Media


Call for Submissions:

International Communication Association 2019 Pre-conference

#CommunicationSoWhite: Discipline, Scholarship, and the Media

Friday, May 24, 2019
Washington D.C., USA

DESCRIPTION

As part of an ongoing movement to decenter white masculinity as the normative core of scholarly inquiry, the recent article, “#CommunicationSoWhite” by Chakravartty et al. (2018) in the Journal of Communication examined racial disparities within citational practices to make a broader intervention on ways current Communication scholarship reproduces institutional racism and sexism. The underrepresentation of scholars of color within the field in regards to citations, editorial positions, and publications and ongoing exclusion of nonwhite, feminist, queer, post-colonial, and Indigenous voices is a persistent and systemic problem in the production of disciplinary knowledge. ICA President Paula Gardner echoed similar sentiments in her 2018 presidential address, calling for steps for inclusion and diversity within the International Communication Association as well as the larger field.

This pre-conference aims to highlight, consider, and intervene in these issues. We seek submissions that address areas such as:

·       The marginalization of communication scholarship in which race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and other axes of exclusion are central;
·       Communication scholarship in the context of the global rise of white supremacy and right-wing ethno-nationalism movements;
·       Communication scholarship from postcolonial and decolonial perspectives;
·       Who tends to be hired and who serves as leaders/gatekeepers in the field;
·       The politics of citation and publication;
·       How #CommunicationSoWhite can function as an intervention within communication studies organizations, departments, and scholarship. 

We anticipate many submissions will center on the U.S. and other Western contexts; we also hope the pre-conference will provide a discussion that spans both global North and South, and we encourage participation by submitters from outside North America and the U.K.

Please submit either an EXTENDED ABSTRACT or a PANEL PROPOSAL. 

Extended abstracts should be 1,500-3,000 words, including notes and references.  We encourage different types of submissions including position papers, case studies, and more conventional research papers that tackle any issue relating to the preconference themes.

Panel proposals should include a minimum of four participants.  We will accept panels following a traditional format where presenters each speak for 10-15 minutes before a Q-and-A period.  We also encourage panel proposals that do not follow such a format; e.g. consider high-density panels, which have six or more participants who each speak for 6 minutes or less, or panels where panelists circulate their papers to each other ahead of time to generate a more engaged discussion during the presentation session.  Provide a 400-word rationale describing the panel overall, a 200-word abstract for each participant’s contribution, and a list of participants’ names, affiliations, and contact information. 

Travel grants: Depending on funding availability, we may have the ability to offer one or two modest travel grants (maximum $400).  If you are a graduate student and/or a scholar resident in a non-Tier A country (see https://www.icahdq.org/page/tiers for a list), please note this status in your submission and indicate that you would like to be considered for a travel grant.

Exclusions: Submissions should not consist primarily of previously published or in-press scholarship. 

Deadline: Please submit by Thursday, February 7, 2019, 16:00 UTC, by emailing BOTH Eve Ng at nge@ohio.edu and Khadijah Costley White at klw147@comminfo.rutgers.edu

Attendance by non-presenters: Those who are not presenting are also welcome to register for attendance. (Registration information to come shortly.)

If you have questions, please contact both of the following pre-conference organizers:

Eve Ng: nge@ohio.edu

Khadijah Costley White: klw147@comminfo.rutgers.edu

DATE AND LOCATION 

The pre-conference will take place on Friday, May 24, 2019, in Washington D.C., USA, at a venue close to the ICA conference hotel.  Exact location will be announced when it is finalized.  The pre-conference will end in time for participants to attend the opening plenary in the evening at the Washington Hilton.

Organizers:
Eve Ng, Ohio University, USA
Khadijah Costley White, Rutgers University, USA
Alfred L. Martin, Jr., University of Iowa, USA
Anamik Saha, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Organizing Groups:
Ethnicity and Race in Communication division
LGBTQ Studies interest group

Co-Sponsors:
Activism, Communication and Social Justice interest group
Feminist Scholarship division
Global Communication and Social Change division
Mass Communication division
Popular Communication division

Dr Anamik Saha
Senior Lecturer and Co-Convenor of MA  Race, Media and Social Justice
Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Goldsmiths, University of London
SE14 6NW

Direct line: + 44 207 717 3258
Email: a.saha@gold.ac.uk

Office: Rm 238
The Professor Stuart Hall Building (PSH)
http://www.gold.ac.uk/find-us/

Twitter: anamik1977
My latest book, Race and the Cultural Industries, is now available from Polity: http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1509505318.html

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

The Journalist: December 2018

The annual literary feast Abantu Book Festival brought together black poets, academics and authors for a weekend of decolonising the discussion around black literature, changing the narrative and challenging the discourse in a safe space. The line up included legendary Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola, poet and activist Diana Ferrus, Zimbabwean author and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga, Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi and so, so many more.

From the repatriation of Saartjie Baartman’s remains to the land question and the death of kwaito, the discussions and debates were more than relevant, more than timeous and absolutely essential in healing and unifying black writers and their audience.

Catch up or re-live the Abantu Book Festival with The Journalist.

The Journalist: October 2018

In this edition we look at what we can expect in the mid-term US Elections next week. The brutal murder of Jamal Kashoggi indicates that fundamental change in Saudi Arabia will not come soon. Following the Medium Term Budget Speech by newly appointed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni last week, a financial analyst argues that euphoria around political change is slowing and key to transforming the South African economy is rebuilding trust between business and government.

Since the passing of hip-hop icon #HHP, talk around depression in black communities can no longer be ignored and a Vice-Chancellor speaks out about mental health on his campus.

Gatekeepers in academia are keeping black academics on the sidelines of the industry and a new study looks at the glass ceiling for women working in newsrooms. Liz Khumalo started out as a secretary at the iconic Drum magazine and decades later became the first black female editor-in-chief. A science writer delves into lessons on quantum physics taught by Trevor Noah. We bid a sad farewell to Winston Ntshona.

This month in The Journalist …  October 2018 Issue