SACOMM Emerging Scholars’ Pre-conference 2018

Date: 11 September 2018 (09:00-16:00)

This year the SACOMM emerging scholars’ pre-conference is being hosted at the University of Johannesburg a day before the main conference themed ‘Communication at the crossroads’. The pre-conference will include the usual AGM to vote on important issues that impact on emerging scholars in the communication discipline. This year, however, sees the introduction of concurrent workshops that aim to address two imminent needs: publication and career planning in academia. Distinguished senior scholars will be sharing their experiences on these two important issues in two interactive parallel sessions.

From postgraduate project to publication

Undertaking a postgraduate research project is a multi-faceted journey, in which emerging scholars obtain and produce expert knowledge on a very specific subject. A research article and book chapter is the most common conduits for making this knowledge accessible to a broader academic audience. The proposed workshop centres on the process of turning an honours essay, MA dissertation and Doctoral thesis into a manuscript that captures the attention and the interest of the academic community in a specific field of study. It brings emerging scholars in concert with an experienced and well-published academic to discuss challenges of editing a postgraduate project, including questions on structure and style.

Advancing in Academia as a career

The aim of this workshop is to equip emerging and early-career scholars with effective advice from senior scholars in the communication discipline on the ins and outs of the academic job market as well as to successfully plan the first years of their academic career. It also aims to help emerging scholars navigate the complexity and variety of academic career paths in an ever-changing environment. The workshop will consist of two parts, short presentations from the panellist (experience, tips and advice) followed by an open group discussion among all participants. In addition, the workshop is meant to offer an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas on key issues for young scholars and their integration in academia.

CONFERENCE: Call for Papers

The Theme for SACOMM 2018: COMMUNICATION AT A CROSSROADS
Submission Deadline of Abstracts: 30 April 2018

A crossroads is a site where roads intersect. It is a point of crisis, a turning point, and a point of alternative configurations, convergence plus divergence, meeting and departure, unity and disunity. Metaphorically, it is a point of flux and change, a critical juncture at which a life-changing decision must be made. The crossroads is a superposition of varied, multiple, different – sometimes conflicting – tendencies, impulses and trajectories, and there is little certainty about the future. At a crossroads movement is channelled, controlled, regulated, or freed: we can stand still or go forward, get lost or find endless possibilities, be trapped by inaction, insincerity and passivity or find freedom. At a crossroads, we can be transfixed to the past and its aftermaths, or we sincerely take the future on. We may be misled, be manipulated into going in particular directions, or we may use the crossroads to affirm our independence and agency, forge alliances, and build new, transformative, ethical, just futures.

To submit, or read the full Call for Papers, please visit the dedicated site for SACOMM 2018.