The proposed book seeks to place indigenous language media in Africa in a particular socio- historical context with a view to highlighting their role in enhancing the participation of Africans in the political process in their local environs.
Significantly, the book proposes to have chapters that demonstrate
(1) an understanding of the political contributions of the indigenous language media in colonial and post-colonial African contexts;
(2) the (un)shaping of local language media in different linguistic configurations and language policies;
(3) how local language media facilitate people’s participation in public domain;
(4) the innovative praxis of individuals, communities and organisations in promoting local languages through, not just the traditional mass media, but more particularly the new media platforms and social media and using the same for socio-political engineering;
(5) the historicisation of the local language media in African contexts; and
(6) the appropriation of indigenous languages for commercial purposes by the modern media and the impact of this on the democratising role of the indigenous languages.
Submissions are expected to come from theoretical positions such as, but not limited to, critical political economy, cultural studies, language ideologies and the public sphere. Papers in word format should be sent to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline of submission is on February 28, 2013.
In partnership with FAO, AMARC has called all members of its network to produce and broadcast programs on their communities on October 16, 2012 and share them with the entire AMARC network via the web. The radios were invited to produce a program under this year’s World Food Day theme «Agricultural Cooperatives Key to Feeding the World», but were free to focus on other questions touching their communities.
The World Food Day broadcast campaign gathers together community radios from five continents on the common struggle against the scourge of hunger at all levels, local, national and international. It also motivates community radios to use new technologies such as internet to further amplify the voices of the excluded and marginalized.
The programs, broadcasted in English, French, Spanish, Nepali, Portuguese, Bahasa and other languages, are available for download and rebroadcasting to local communities on AMARC website at this link http://www2.amarc.org/?q=wfd2012.
The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media stakeholders in more than 130 countries to advocate for the right to communicate and promote the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking and cooperation.
Santiago, Chile, will host the UC-ICA Latin American conference to discuss Trends in International and Latin American Communication Studies. The conference, organized by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile’s School of Communications, in collaboration with the International Communication Association (ICA) will be held from 18 to 20 October 2012 at the School of Communications in Santiago, in the campus Casa Central, Alameda 340 (see http://www.uc.cl/es/mapas). .
This will be the first time that this international conference takes place at a regional level in Chile. Universidad Católica’s School of Communications and ICA´s scientific society seek to contribute to the development of strong relationships between academics and communication researchers.
One of the thematic streams will focus on Communication, organization and society including, among others, subtopics such as:
- Communication and development
- The role of the media in social change
- Communication and health
- Intercultural communication
- Credibility and trust in social communication