Expert Panel Discussion on Media and Communication in Africa


Join our expert panel this Friday 21st at 3pm South Africa time (2pm GMT) for a broad-ranging discussion on all aspects of African media, culture and communication.

The discussion celebrates the publication of the Routledge Handbook of African Media and Communication Studies, edited by Winston Mano and viola c. milton. Together with the 21 contributors, they represent most of the world's leading experts in the field. During the launch, Professor Mano and Professor Milton will be joined in discussion by five contributors, and there will also be time to ask the experts your own questions.

The session is entirely free to attend, and registration for the event is quick and easy, via the following link: 

More about the book can be found below, or at the book's webpage here, where you will also find chapter 19 of the book available as a free download:

This handbook comprises fresh and incisive research focusing on African media, culture and communication. The chapters from a cross-section of scholars dissect the forces shaping the field within a changing African context. It adds critical corpora of African scholarship and theory that places the everyday worlds, needs and uses of Africans first.

The book goes beyond critiques of the marginality of African approaches in media and communication studies to offer scholars the theoretical and empirical toolkit needed to start building critical corpora of African scholarship and theory that places the everyday worlds, needs and uses of Africans first. Decoloniality demands new epistemological interventions in African media, culture and communication, and this book is an important interlocutor in this space. In a globally interconnected world, changing patterns of authority and power pose new challenges to the ways in which media institutions are constituted and managed, as well as how communication and media policy is negotiated and the manner in which citizens engage with increasing media opportunities. The handbook focuses on the interrelationships of the local and the global and the concomitant consequences for media practice, education and citizen engagement in today’s Africa. Altogether, the book foregrounds convivial epistemologies relevant for locating African media and communication in the pluriverse.

This handbook is an essential read for critical media, communications, cultural studies and journalism scholars.

Table of Contents

  1. Decoloniality and the push for African media and communication studies: an introduction Winston Mano and viola c. milton 
    2. Afrokology of media and communication studies: theorising from the margins Winston Mano and viola c. milton
    3. Frantz Fanon, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, and African media and communication studies Pier Paolo Frassinelli
    4. Rethinking African strategic communication: towards a new violence Colin Chasi
    5. Afrokology and organisational culture: why employees are not behaving as predicted Elnerine WJ Gree
    6. To be or not to be: decolonizing African media/communications Kehbuma Langmia 
    7. Communicating the idea of South Africa in the age of decoloniality Blessed Ngwenya 
    8. Decolonising media and communication studies: an exploratory survey on global curricula transformation debates Ylva Rodny-Gumede and Colin Chasi 
    9. Africa on demand: the production and distribution of African narratives through podcasting Rachel Lara van der Merwe
    10. The African novel and its global communicative potential: africa’s soft power Mary-Jean Nleya
    11. Citizen journalism and conflict transformation: exploring netizens’ digitized shaping of political crises in Kenya Toyin Ajao
    12. Ghetto ‘wall-standing’: counterhegemonic graffiti in Zimbabwe Hugh Mangeya
    13. "Arab Spring" or Arab Winter: social media and the 21st-century slave trade in Libya Ashley Lewis, Shamilla Amulega, and Kehbuma Langmia
    14. On community radio and African interest broadcasting: the case of Vukani Community Radio (VCR) Siyasanga M. Tyali
    15. Not just a benevolent bystander: the corrosive role of private sector media on the sustainability of the South African Broadcasting Corporation Kate Skinner
    16. Health communication in Africa Elizabeth Lubinga and Karabo Sitto
    17. The politics of identity, trauma, memory and decolonisation in Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie (2015) Beschara Karam
    18. Nollywood as decoloniality Ikechukwu Obiaya
    19. Afrokology as a transdisciplinary approach to media and communication studies viola c. milton and Winston Mano
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