Prof Arnold S. (Arrie) de Beer

SACOMM mourns the passing of one of its founder members, Prof Arnold S. (Arrie) de Beer. Prof De Beer was part of the organisation from its inception, as one of the participants at a meeting in 1974 at UNISA where the forming of a new communication association was discussed, and helped draw up the first constitution of the organisation in 1977.  De Beer was awarded an Honorary Membership by SACOMM in recognition of his important historical role in the organisation.  De Beer was also the founding editor of the journal Ecquid Novi (later renamed African Journalism Studies), one of SACOMM’s affiliated journals. SACOMM pays tribute to a stalwart of the South African communications studies landscape and extends our condolences to his friends and family.

Call for Book Chapters


Communication Rights in Africa: Emerging Discourses and Perspectives

Editors: Tendai Chari (PhD), Senior Lecturer, University of Venda, South Africa
Ufuoma Akpojivi, (PhD) Associate Professor and Head of Department, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Communication rights has been an integral component of the human rights discourse for the longest of time (Hamelink, 1994; 2004a; 2004b, UNESCO, 1980; O’Siochru, 2005; CRIS, 2005; Alegre & O’Siochru, 2005). Approaches to the role of communications differ significantly across cultures, not least because communication rights encompass a multiplicity of rights. Compounding this conundrum is a persistent impasse regarding what communication rights entail in post-colonial contexts such as Africa, who should protect them, how and against whom, how existing rights relate to broader communication rights in a digital context. Jean d’ Arcy, is credited for making the first explicit reference the ‘the right to communicate’ in 1969 (O’Siochru, 2005). Back then proponents of the communication rights within the New World Information and Communication Order (NWICO) debate arena pivoted their demands around democratization of the global media system and a balanced information flow between the Global North and the Global South, which were crystalized in the 4Ds; Development; Democratization, Decolonization, and De- monopolization (Hamelink, 1994). African nations also expressed disquiet about increased homogenization of cultures, misrepresentation of minority cultures, media commercialism and concentration engendered. While communication rights and its more politicized variant, ‘the right to communicate’ had receded to the backburner after the ‘death’ of the NWICO debate, the new reality spawned by the digital revolution has re-ignited attention on a host of concerns which hark back to earlier demands by African nations to rethink the justness of the global media information distribution system. While many of the controversies associated with NWICO persist through discursive constructions that mimic earlier notions of the right to communicate, new issues, challenges, questions (and players) linked to interactivity, connectivity and inter-operability in the context of the digital environment have emerged (Musiani, et al 2009). A range of new human rights such as citizens’ right to access digital infrastructures such as the #DataMustfall campaign in South Africa in 2016 speak to the new and evolving expressions of citizenship in the context of digitality (Oyedemi, 2015). On the one hand, the open architecture of digital media has facilitated the subaltern to partake in national conversations and to assert their cultural identities. On the other hand, challenges of Internet connectivity and exclusionary business practices such astronomical prices of data and gadgets threaten prospects for inclusivity in the digital sphere. Serious concerns have also been raised questions about the spread of fake news, misinformation, disinformation and hate speech on social media networks and how these in turn subvert the rights of others and what legitimate regulatory measures can be implemented by the state without undercutting the rights of citizens. Balancing communication rights and other human rights within a digital environment is a delicate exercise, as some African governments, in their attempt to curtail the spread of fake news, hate speech and critical voices have either shutdown internet services (Mare 2020) or formulated restrictive regulatory mechanisms as witnessed in Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria amongst others (see Olaniyan and Akpojivi 2021). Also, concerns about intensification of commodification of information propelled by the dominance of neo-liberalism market have heightened demands for the right to self-expression and equal access to digital technologies and infrastructures courtesy in a context of an ever-increasing digital divide. The extent to which communication should be geared towards preservation of national identity and national development in Africa resonates with the NWICO discourse, but also connects with contemporary demands for decolonization of communication through protection of cultural diversity in a context where indigenous African cultures are increasingly marginalized while dissenting voices are jettisoned from public discourses (Article 19, 2003; Anawalt, 1994). The ever-expanding range of issues encompassed within the communication rights discourse, particularly within the African context where freedom of expression corporatization of the media coupled with state repression obfuscate understanding of what constitutes communication rights, who should protect them and how. This edited volume contributes to the understanding of the multiple dimensions of the communication rights discourse from an African perspective. We invite contributions that explore residual and emerging discourses around the content, conception, conversations, implementation, institutions and actors within the communication rights discourse. We are particularly interested in original contributions that tackle these issues using a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches. The abstract must clearly state the objectives of the study, the theoretical framework and the methodological approaches to be deployed. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: 2

  • The human rights based approach to communication in Africa
  • Communication rights offline and online in Africa
  • Free-flow of information and communication rights
  • Freedom of expression as a communication right
  • The right to privacy, surveillance capitalism and communication rights
  • Social media and activism, clicktivism
  • Digital citizenship: rights and advocacy
  • Digital Activism and social movements
  • Internet shutdowns/censorship
  • Internet rights, universal access to the Internet
  • Politics of digital infrastructures
  • Communication rights and digital monopolies
  • Public Service media and communication rights
  • Media regulation and communication rights
  • Rights -based approach to journalism
  • Investigative journalism and communication rights
  • Communication rights for social bots
  • Mainstream Journalism and human rights
  • Media representations/misrepresentation and communication rights
  • Digital piracy and communication rights
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Citizen journalism as a human right
  • User-content comments and communication rights
  • Open access publishing and communication rights
  • Content Sharing, Wikis and communication rights
  • The Knowledge Movement and Communication rights
  • Language rights and the media
  • Communication Rights and Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Communication rights and decoloniality

Abstracts and biographies

Abstracts should be between 400 and 500 words.
Abstracts should be emailed as word to Tendai.Chari@univen.ac.za and

Ufuoma.Akpojivi@wits.ac.za

Biographies should not be more than 200 words

Length of Articles

Articles should not be more than 7000 words including references Reference Style: Harvard
Important Dates
Deadline for Accepting Abstracts: 15 December 2021 Notification for Accepted Abstracts: 31 January 2022

Deadline for Full Papers: 30 April 2022 Expected Date of Publication: 31 October 2022

Targeted Publisher: Routledge

References

Alegre, Alain and O’Siochru, Sean (2005) “Communication Rights”. In A Ambros, V Peugeot and D. Pimienta (Eds.) World Matters: Multicultural Perspectives on Information Societies, pp475-502. Caen: C&F Publishers.

Anawalt, C. Howard (1984) The Right to Communicate. Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, 13(2): 219-236.

D’ Arcy, Jean (1969) Direct Broadcast Satellites and the Right to Communicate. EBU Review, 118, 14-18. 4

Hamelink Cees and Hoffman Julia (2008) The State of the Right to Communicate. Global Media Journal, 7(13) 1-16.

Hamelink, Cees (2004) Did WSIS Achieve Anything at all? Gazette: The International Journal for Communication Studies, 66(3-4):281-290.

Hamelink, Cees (2004) Towards a Human Right to Communicate. Canadian Journal of Communication, 29: 205-212.

Mare, Admire (2020) State-Ordered Internet Shutdowns and Digital Authoritarianism in Zimbabwe. International Journal of Communication, 14: 4244-4263.

Musiani, Francesca, Pava Elena and Padovani Claudia (2009) Investigating Discourses on Human Rights in the Digital Age: Emerging Norms and Policy Challenges. International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR, Annual Congress on “Human Rights and Communication”, July 2009, Mexico: Mexico, pp359-378. Retrieved from https://hal-mines-paristech.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00448231.

Olaniyan, Akintola and Akpojivi, Ufuoma. (2021). Transforming Communication, Social Media, Counter-Hegemony and the Struggle for the Soul of Nigeria. Information, Communication & Society, 24 (3): 422-437.

O’Siochru, Sean (2005) Assessing Communication Rights: A Handbook. New York: CRIS. Oyedemi, Toks (2015) Internet Access as Citizen’s Right? Citizenship in the Digital Age.

Citizenship Studies, 19 (3-4); 450-464.
UNESCO (1980) Many Voices One World. UNESCO: Paris.

HR: The Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS) (UCT)

The Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS) in the Faculty of Humanities wishes to appoint a suitable candidate to help develop the Centre’s teaching, production and research in digital and mobile media studies, as soon as possible.

Requirements:

  • A relevant Master’s level qualification is a minimum requirement, while a PhD or significant progress to a PhD would be desirable.
  • Experience in teaching digital, social media, multimedia and/or journalistic production skills at undergraduate level.
  • Ability to teach across both practical and theoretical dimensions of our programmes.
  • Evidence of creative, practical and/or research engagement.

Advantageous:

  • Supervision of creative and research projects.
  • Industry experience in digital, multimedia, journalism and/or social media production.
  • A record of creative practice in the field of digital media.
  • The ability to develop the Centre’s digital and mobile media curriculum and convene academic and creative courses in this area.
  • Active research interests in areas such as digital and social media studies, data journalism, internet studies, virtual reality, gaming, ethics and regulation of social media – as evidenced by conference attendance and/or publications and/or creative output.
  • Research and teaching interest in African feminisms.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate would:

  • Be responsible for supporting web and multimedia production across production streams.
  • Lecture on digital and social media in the Media and/or Film majors.
  • Convene production and academic courses.
  • Supervise student projects and dissertations.
  • Contribute to research outputs in the Centre.

The 2021 annual cost of employment at Lecturer Level, including benefits, is R765 575

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Mr Ian Petersen at recruitment02@uct.ac.za

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line.

An application that does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo a competency test.

Telephone:                 021 650 2163  Website:         www.hr.uct.ac.za

Reference number:    E210364      Closing date: 12 November 2021

UCT is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented Designated Groups. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at www.uct.ac.za/downloads/uct.ac.za/about/policies/eepolicy.pdf.

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.

Executive Committee confirmed at AGM on 07.10.2021

At the Annual General Meeting of SACOMM Members, after a full day of Presentations, Panels and Discussions the SACOMM Members elected and confirmed a new ExCo serving for the following two years.

EMERGING SCHOLARS – Sylvia Skhosana & Mbogeni Msimango
COMMUNICATIONS ADVOCACY AND ACTIVISM – Vuyo Seti-Sonamzi
MEDIA STUDIES AND JOURNALISM – Carol Lesame
CORPORATE COMMUNICATION – Alexia Smit
SCREEN STUDIES – Collen Chambwera
COMMUNICATION STUDIES – Eliza Govender
COMMUNICATION EDUCATION AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT – Sisanda Nkoala

DEPUTY PRESIDENT – Mehita Iqani
PRESIDENT – Tanja Bosch

In the following few days, we will update the website with details of the new ExCo.

Congratulations to all!




HR: Call for Applications: DUT

Department of Media, Language and Communication

Associate Professor (Journalism) 

(Ref: 1449)

Minimum Requirements

Associate Professor:

•             A Doctorate in Journalism/Media Studies or in a  relevant field;

•             A minimum of seven DHET accredited publications/creative output over the preceding three years

•             Successful postgraduate supervision of at least two Master’s and one Doctorate

•             A minimum of 7 years of experience in higher education

Recommendations:          

•             Teaching experience at a University of Technology

•             Teaching experience in the Journalism discipline

•             Expertise in Print / Multimedia Journalism

•             Experience in curriculum development

•             Experience in innovative teaching and learning technologies, including e-learning.

Summary of duties:

The successful candidate will be expected to:

•             Teach and examine at undergraduate and post-graduate levels and supervise Master’s students in the Journalism Programme as assigned by the HOD and/or Programme Coordinator;

•             Carry out duties related to level coordination, curriculum development, teaching, research and community engagement;

•             Attend and contribute to Programme, Department, Faculty and University staff meeting, programme planning and promotion of the discipline;

•             Assume Headship responsibilities should circumstance demand for an appointee at the level of Professor, Associate Professor or Senior Lecturer; and

•             Contribute to the Programme’s research endeavours.

Salary

Associate Professor: R519 804 to R779 232 p a, plus benefits

………………………………………………………

Department of Media, Language and Communication

Senior Lecturer, Journalism (Ref: 1652)

Minimum Requirements:

Senior Lecturer

•             A completed Doctorate in Journalism/Media Studies or in an associated field

•             At least 5 years of University teaching experience

•             Candidates must demonstrate scholarship of teaching and must have produced/ published in the preceding three years three research outputs (e.g. accredited book, chapter in a book, accredited creative output, patent, review article, journal article, peer-reviewed conference proceedings, etc.) in the preceding three years.

•             Some evidence of success in obtaining funding for research

•             Successful supervision of at least one postgraduate student at Master’s level

Additional Requirements

•             Expertise in Radio Journalism / Media Law

Recommendations:          

•             Expertise in Print/Multimedia Journalism

•             Teaching experience at a University of Technology

•             Teaching experience in the Journalism discipline

•             Experience in curriculum development

•             Experience in innovative teaching and learning technologies, including e-learning.

Summary of duties:

The successful candidate will be expected to:

•             Teach and examine at undergraduate and post-graduate levels and supervise Master’s students in the Journalism Programme as assigned by the HOD and/or Programme Coordinator;

•             Carry out duties related to level coordination, curriculum development, teaching, research and community engagement;

•             Attend and contribute to Programme, Department, Faculty and University staff meeting, programme planning and promotion of the discipline;

•             Assume Headship responsibilities should circumstance demand for an appointee at the level of Professor, Associate Professor or Senior Lecturer; and

•             Contribute to the Programme’s research endeavours.

Salary

Senior Lecturer: R401 808 to R697 752 p a, plus benefits 

Contact Person: G Govindasamy

Email Address: careers@dut.ac.za

Status of Position: Permanent

Applications should include: 

o             A fully completed prescribed application form which can be obtained from www.dut.ac.za (under the QUICK LINKS tab – @careers)

o             A detailed curriculum vita (explicitly stating experience or knowledge in the above mentioned fields)

o             Covering letter. 

o             Certified copies of all academic records and certificates

o             Current contact information of referees 

o             No manual applications will be accepted and incomplete applications will be disregarded.

o             Please email application to careers@dut.ac.za and quote the post reference and post description in the subject line

Kindly note:

Communication will be entered into with short-listed candidates only.  Only applications made on our application for employment form would be considered.

Closing date: 11 October 2021

SACOMM Online 2021

The Draft Programme for #SACOMM2021 is slowly starting to take shape and is growing almost daily.
Thursday, 7 October will be filled with different virtual panels, which members can and may attend as they see fit. The SACOMM Executive Committee has organised this year’s SACOMM Conference in lieu of being able to meet face to face as usual at SACOMM.
Please take a look at the programme – and watch this space for details of how you can participate.
Participation is free of charge, but members are encouraged to pay their annual membership fee as usual by contacting the SACOMM Secretariat via Annelize Vermeulen for details how to pay the annual membership fee of R100,-.

SACOMM 2021 Online

Trends in Media and Communication Conference

The Department of Communication Studies, University of Ghana is pleased to invite you to participate in the opening ceremony of the maiden edition of its Trends in Media and Communication Conference.  
The theme of the virtual conference is: “Africa’s digital youth: Exploring the media and information literacy competencies and practices”. It will catalogue scholarship on trends emerging around African youth’s digital media practices with a focus on their ability to access, analyse, create, share, and use information from digital sources.
The opening ceremony is scheduled as follows: 
• Date: 19th October, 2021  
• Time: 9:30am  
• Meeting ID: 646 6907 0597  
• Passcode: 483592  

We will be very pleased to have you join us for the opening ceremony. 

In addition, please use the link below to register to participate in the full conference. 
https://sics.ug.edu.gh/trends-media-and-communication-conference-2021-registration

The Filmic and the Photographic

The Journal of African Cinemas will explore the interactions of visual and verbal narratives in African film. It recognizes the shifting paradigms that have defined and continue to define African cinemas. Identity and perception are interrogated in relation to their positions within diverse African film languages. The editors are seeking papers that expound on the identity or identities of Africa and its peoples represented in film.

Publisher: Intellect

More about this publication?

Volume 12, Numbers 2-3, 1 December 2020
The Filmic and the Photographic

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Introduction: The Filmic and The Photographic

From mugshots to movie stars: Orchestrating attention and constituting visual cultures through film and photograph
pp. 107-118(12)
Author: Kratz, Corinne A.

Experiments in cinematic biography: Ken Gampu’s early life in the cinema
pp. 119-135(17)
Author: Modisane, Litheko

Following the image: Examining the multiple afterlives of apartheid-era prison identification photographs
pp. 137-161(25)
Author: van Laun, Bianca

Presence and exhibition of African film in Harlem
pp. 163-175(13)
Author: Sawadogo, Boukary

Opening the wound: Receptions and readings of Inxeba in South Africa
pp. 177-189(13)
Author: Levine, Susan

Moving still: Bicycles in Ranchhod Oza’s photographs of 1950s Stone Town (Zanzibar)
pp. 191-211(21)
Author: Gupta, Pamila

General Submissions

Battered bodies: Characterizing Johannesburg’s apartheid past and present in Gavin Hood’s Tsotsi
pp. 213-228(16)
Author: Mututa, Addamms

The role of place and identity as core contributing success factors in Jayan Moodley’s Keeping up with the Kandasamys and Kandasamys: The Wedding
pp. 229-246(18)
Authors: Moodley, Sogen; Govender, Arushani

Review Essay

Political economy of Nollywood: A literature review
pp. 247-262(16)
Author: Ezepue, Ezinne M.

Book Review

(Re)imagining African Independence: Film, Visual Arts, and the Fall of the Portuguese Empire, Maria Do Carmo Piçarra and Teresa Castro (eds) (2017)
pp. 263-266(4)
Author: Gastrow, Claudia

Editors:  Keyan G Tomaselli and Martin Mhando.  Honorary editor:  Mette Hort

Managing Editor:  David Nothling

Jac@uj.ac.za

Social Media & the Self

Social Media & the Self is a free, web-only reader centered on the
online performance of identity and curated with university courses in 
mind. The collection includes public domain excerpts, openly licensed
research articles, and popular pieces reprinted with permission:

https://www.mediastudies.press/sms

The collection will be updated with new material at least twice a year, 
for three years. Social Media & the Sel* is the first volume in
mediastudies.press’s Open Reader Series. The series publishes 
media-themed open readers—collections of works available on the open 
web, selected and ordered with university courses in mind:

mediastudies.press is a nonprofit, scholar-led publisher of open access 
books and journals in the media studies fields:

https://www.mediastudies.press

Internal: Call for Nominations for SACOMM Executive Committee

Nominations are invited for the Interest Group Convenors/Executive Committee for:
 
Media studies and journalism stream;
Screen studies stream;
Corporate communication stream;
Communication Studies stream;
Communications advocacy and activism stream;
Communication education and curriculum development stream; and the 
Emerging scholars stream
  
Nominations should be sent to the SACOMM Secretary, Annelize Vermeulen – Vermea@unisa.ac.za by Wednesday, 01 September 2021 using the Executive Committee Nomination Form which can be downloaded here: http://sacomm.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/executive-committee-nomination-form.pdf

Please watch the website for updates on #SACOMM2021 Online and how you can participate or get involved.