UCT delegation attending ICAfrica (Ghana) 2018

8 Nov 2018 - 21:45


The School of Information and Communication Studies of the University of Ghana, in collaboration with the International Communication Association (ICA) was hosting the 2018 Regional ICA conference on the theme African Digital Cultures: Emerging research, practices and innovations.

The conference took place on November 6-10, 2018. The goal was to bring together scholars from within and outside the continent to share their research and perspectives on the cultures forming around conceptualizations, production and consumption of the digital space in Africa.

Nine CFMS Academic staff members attended the event in order to present their current research, including:

• Professor Herman Wasserman - "Fake News, Disinformation and Media Trust in Africa: A Comparative Study" of Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa (with Dani Madrid Morales, University of Houston)

In addition, he participated in two key panels: "International Development Aid and the Transformation of Digital Cultures" & "Digital Communication at Crossroads in Africa"

• Associate Professor Tanja Bosch - “Liquid love: South African users’ experiences of Tinder"

• Associate Professor Wallace Chuma - "Tweeting a coup in Zimbabwe: Social media and the framing of Operation Restore Legacy"

Associate Professor Musawenkosi W. Ndlovu - "Can New Digital Media Technologies Help Realise the Dream of African Regional News Media?"

• Associate Professor Tanja Bosch and Dr Alexia Smit - "Watching Our Perfect Wedding with a side serving of Twitter: Analysing South African television through social media"

• Dr Martha Evans and Dr Ian Malcolm Rijsdijk - "Secret Histories: ethics and practices for researchers using digital archives in Africa"

• Ms Tando Ntunja - "Building a multilingual, multimedia newsroom with monolingual assets: lessons in collaboration towards an inclusive South African digital newsroom #DecolonizeTheInternet"

• PhD candidate & teaching assistant Chikezie E. Uzuegbunam - "Negotiating access and outcomes of teenagers’ practices and lived experience with digital technology in rural and urban spaces"
Tanja Bosh, Musawenkosi W. Ndlovu, Alexia Smit & Ian Malcolm Rijsdijk were part of the mentors for early career scholars.