Inside | Outside
CALL FOR PAPERS
Current media 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, as well as technological access, education, age, geospatial factors, and mobility.
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
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.
All abstracts must be submitted to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
Abstract: 15 April 2019
Notification of acceptance: 31 May 2019
Full paper submission: 5 August 2019