University Text for Media Studies in Southern Africa
Call for Papers Date:
There is a strong need for academic texts written by, and intended for, Southern African tertiary education. This is especially true in Media Studies and Journalism – disciplines which require learners to gain theoretical knowledge and skills for everyday use. Several scholars have voiced concerns over the use of theories and concepts drawn from abroad to interpret Southern African media issues, especially as there is ample material and evidence in the local context.
Here is an opportunity to meet that challenge.
This is a call for theoretical and analytical contributions from academics in Media Studies, Communications and Journalism. The essays will be collected in a book intended for use in Southern African tertiary classrooms.
Papers should deal with one or more of the following themes, and be written for the purposes of instruction at tertiary level. Contributors will also be asked to provide one or two classroom exercises or tutorial questions to assist learners in engaging with the material, as well as suggestions for further reading.
Please use Southern African examples in your paper.
Possible themes for discussion:
- Approaches to understanding media texts
- Media Ownership
- Southern African Media History
- Media and Society
- Media Economics
- Audiences and reading 'publics'
- Identity and Representation
1. Race in the Media
2. Gender in the Media
3. Xenophobia and/or ‘Other-ing’ in the Media
- New Media
- Alternative and/or Community media
- Globalised and ‘Glocalised’ content in TV genres
- Political Influences or Political Figures in the Media
- Media and Democracy
- Media and Development
- HIV/AIDS in the Media
- Political and/or hegemonic content regulation of the media
- Media and Communications policy
Abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted to Dr N. Hyde-Clarke (Nathalie.Hyde-Clarke@wits.ac.za) by 1 August 2008.
Final Submissions should be 5 000 - 8 000 words in length. The deadline for the first draft will be 30 November 2008.
Please contact Dr. N. Hyde-Clarke (Media Studies, Wits Univ.) should you be interested in this endeavor.
Dr N. Hyde-Clarke
University of the Witwatersrand
Private bag 3, Wits, 2050
Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone: +27 11 717 4123
Fax: +27 11 717 4149 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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