[FoME] CfP: Africa Media & Democracy Conference, Accra (Ghana) 18-20 August 2010

Christoph Dietz christoph.dietz at CAMECO.ORG
Mi Feb 17 11:35:21 CET 2010

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THE ACCRA CONFERENCE 18th -20th AUGUST 2010: The Africa Media &
Democracy Conference invites papers for its annual Africa Media and
Democracy Conference, to be held from 18th -20th August 2010, Accra –
Ghana. The theme for the Conference is: “Mediating Democracy in Africa”.

BACKGROUND: Recent developments of the growing influence of the media
in Africa’s fledgling democracies in particular radio and television in
monitoring, pollstering, ‘nuancing’ election results ahead of the
Electoral Commissioner, has been contested by politicians,
constitutional experts and media practitioners. The Conference aims to
address and examine among others the location of such media practices,
their constitutional legitimacy and their relevance to freedom of
information in a democratic dispensation. It will seek to address media
practises such as the ‘announcing of elections results’ ahead of an
Electoral Commission or the ‘deployment of Press Conferences’ by
political parties as political posturing during voting and ballot
counting period of an election. The conference will provide context for
comparison, dialogue and analysis between media practices situated in
different cultural-political environment. When does ‘announcing’ becomes
‘endorsement’ of a particular political party contesting a democratic
election? What is the impact on the electorate of such early
announcements of election results from electoral constituencies? What
are implications for social and national cohesion of such practices in
fiercely contested elections? what is the way forward? The event is open
to academics, media industry professionals, government agencies,
policymakers, regulators, UN agencies, donors, civil society
organisations, independent consultants and research groups and

Papers are also invited on the following sub-themes listed below;
submissions could be made from a range of issues in relation to
democracy & media practices in Africa. It must address specific media
practices in the context of democracy in Africa, such as the role of
radio commercials as political communication tool in electioneering, the
corrosive effects of partisan media practices in popular democracy or
the role of the media in the concept of popular democracy etc. 

Media, democracy and governance
Media, ethnic identity and democracy
Media ownership, democracy and governance
Media, concept citizenry and democracy
Media and the concept ‘good of governance’
Media and political communication
Media, political rhetoric’s and political violence 
Media and coupe d’états
Media reportage and democracy
Media, democracy and political education
Media, democracy and traditional governance
Media, political activism and governance 
Media, conflict and crises management
New Media and democracy
Media, democracy and aid 
Media Law and regulation
Media, Gender and democratization
Media, Democracy and Human Rights
Community media and democracy
Media and EthicsMedia and African centeredness
Digital media and the renewal of local democracy
Media and cultural politics
New Media and the renewal of local democracy
New media, democratic theory and public sphere 
‘Development Democracy’ and the media

In addition to those listed above the organisers will consider other
relevant sub-themes from contributors. 


ABSTRACTS & PAPERS: Please email abstracts (maximum one page) along
with contact information and a 500-word bio to: info at amdmc.org. 

All Abstracts must be in English, full papers may be submitted in
either English or French.
· Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 30th April 2010
· Notice of acceptance of abstracts: 5th May 2010
· Deadline for receipt of full papers: 30th May 2010

For furtherinformation and other enquiries please contact Conference
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