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Interventions

Communication Research and Practice

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Edited By Adrienne Shaw and D. Travers Scott

This volume brings together a range of papers that fruitfully engage with the theme of the 2017 Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, held in San Diego, California: Interventions. Here "intervention" points to a range of communication practices that engage with a political event, social phenomena, industrial or socio-cultural practice, in order to alter and disrupt events and the norms and practices that contribute to their occurrence.  Interventions prohibit events from proceeding in a "normal" course. Interventions approach or critique practices and phenomenon resulting from tensions or absences occurring in: events, structures, (institutional governmental, media industry), discourses, and socio-cultural and subcultural events. Intervention presents the opportunity to explore boundaries, assumptions and strategies that appear to be different or irreconcilable, viewing them instead as possibilities for productive engagements. Communication interventions—in both research and practice—insert insights from diverse voices, marginal positions, emerging organizational practices and digital technologies, to broaden and enrich dialogue. Interventions bring complex reframings to events and phenomenon. Interventions seek to alter a course and effect changed practices in a range of spheres: governmental and social institutions, cultural and nongovernmental groups; industry and organizational life, new media and digital spaces, socio-cultural environments, subcultural groups, health environments, affective and behavioral life, and in everyday life.

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4. Toward Africa Continental Academic Body and Africa-Centered Scholarship: The Case for Internal and External Collaboration in Research and Practice (Agnes Lucy Lando / Miriam Kwena Ayieko)

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4. Toward Africa Continental Academic Body and Africa-Centered Scholarship: The Case for Internal and External Collaboration in Research and Practice

AGNES LUCY LANDO AND MIRIAM KWENA AYIEKO

Following the International Communication Association’s (ICA) first-ever African regional conference (ICAfrica 2016) in Nairobi, Kenya, greater awareness is being brought to the marginality, vacuum, and untapped potential of African and other Southern hemisphere perspectives in global communication research and scholarship. This underscores the knowledge and awareness gap, as well as the shortfall in the internationalization agenda of the ICA. While communication studies as a discipline is healthy and vibrant in the West, and being reinvigorated in Africa and other regions, voices from the global South remain marginal in mainstream discourse. There is limited dialogue across the Atlantic divide in the field, whether between African and non-African communication scholars, African and Africans in the continent, or even between African and African diaspora communication scholars.

The ICAfrica conference which brought together more than 300 attendees from across the globe, majority of them from Africa, unveiled the potential benefits and challenges of promoting intra and interdisciplinary dialogue through research that highlights the convergent and divergent interests, concerns, perspectives, and approaches of diverse scholars. Unique features in the ICAfrica 2016 Regional Conference were the presence of ICA incumbent, past and future presidents—Prof. Amy Jordan, Prof. Peter Vorderer, and Prof. Paula Gardner, respectively. In attendance were also members of the ICA Executive Committee, a...

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