Call for Abstracts Trends in Media and Communication Conference, 2021
Theme: Africa’s digital youth: Exploring media and information literacy competencies and practices
Dates: 19-20th October 2021
Globally, and across Africa in particular, the ways young people consume and use information continue to evolve. As more young people shift from traditional to internet-based information sources, the pervasiveness of digital media means their role in shaping political and social lives cannot be ignored. African nations need well-informed, active and engaged populace to participate in development. Increasingly, however, Africa’s youth are forced to negotiate their way round a new information ecology where consumers, with no gate-keeping skills, double as producers/ disseminators ofinformation. Evidence from the literature on Media and Information Literacy scholarship suggests that improved literacy on the consumption and use of digitalmedia can make a difference in how young people navigate the current informationecology in pursuit of their dreams and goals.Such scholarship, while extensive elsewhere, is only now emerging in Africa.
Ahead of the global media and information literacy celebrations this year, the Department ofCommunication Studies of the University of Ghana, in partnership with DW Akademieand Penplusbytes, will be hosting a virtual conference on the theme “Africa’s digitalyouth: Exploring media and information literacy competencies and practices”.
The conference will seek to catalogue scholarship on trends emerging around Africanyouth’s digital media practices with a focus on their ability to access, analyze, create,share and use information from digital sources. We invite abstracts of empirical andconceptual papers relating to the theme. Topics of interest include but are not limitedto:• African youth’s fact checking practices• Youth and social media activism in Africa• Youths, privacy and security in digital spaces• MIL, consumer-hood and digital youth• Digital information access and use• Ethical issues arising in young people’s use of digital media• Consumption practices around health risk communication
Abstracts should be up to 250 words and sent to http://sics.ug.edu.gh/dept-comm-conference
Important dates to noteAbstract submission deadline: 12 August 2021Acceptance notification: 27th August 2021Registration: 24th September -10th October 2021Conference dates: 19-20th October 2021
We look forward to receiving your abstracts and welcoming you to the conference.For details/clarifications, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org