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Call for Papers: Africa Media and Democracy Conference

Deadline: 29 March 2013

The AMDMC JOURNAL in association with the Africa Media & Democracy Institute invites papers for its bi-annual Africa Media and Democracy Conference, to be held from 6th - 9th AUGUST 2014, Accra, Ghana. Theme: “Media, Democracy & Development”.

BACKGROUND: Africa’s emerging democracies in the last two decades have had to co-exist with a vibrant media contestation. The media has relatively emerged as a formidable constituent as it vie for legitimacy in representing the broad masses. This contestation provides the framework for critical examination on how the media impacts on the democratic process and its relevance for development in Africa. The Conference aims to address and examine various perspectives, interventions and issues of media in the practice of democratic governance in Africa. 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 students.

Papers are also invited on the following sub-themes listed below; submissions could be made from a range of issues and perspectives in relation to media, democracy and development 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 and development etc.


  • Media, language and democracy
  • Media, language and symbolic power
  • Media, political rhetoric’s and political violence
  • Media and political communication
  • Media, democracy and traditional governance
  • Media, national institutions and democracy
  • Media and the conception of national agenda
  • Media, democracy and governance
  • Media, ethnic identity and democracy
  • Media, religious conflict and political stability
  • Media, conflict and crises management
  • Media ownership, democracy and governance
  • Media, concept citizenry and democracy
  • Media and the concept ‘good of governance’
  • Media and coupe d’├ętats
  • Media reportage and democracy
  • Media, democracy and political education
  • Media, political activism and governance
  • Media, democracy and aid
  • Media law and regulation
  • Media, gender and democratization
  • Media, democracy and human rights
In addition to those listed above the organisers will consider other relevant sub-themes from contributors.


Please email abstracts (maximum one page) along with contact information and a 500-word bio. All Abstracts must be in English, full papers may be submitted in either English or French.

  • Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 29th March 2013
  • Notice of acceptance of abstracts: 30th May 2013
  • Deadline for receipt of full papers: 30th July 2013
  • Notification of Acceptance of Paper/Panel/Workshop: 30th August 2013

For queries/ submissions: info@amdmc.net

Website: http://www.amdmc.net/

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