Sunday, 13 November 2011


International Community Media Conference - University of Ibadan, Nigeria -


The Department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, >
Nigeria; the Institute for Media and Society (IMS), Lagos, Nigeria; the
African Languages Technology Initiative (ALT-I), Ibadan, Nigeria; and the
Nigerian Community Radio Coalition jointly invite you to an international
conference to commemorate the 75th Birthday Anniversary of Prof Alfred
Opubor, first Nigerian professor of Mass Communication.

the words of the first Nigerian Professor of Mass Communication,

Professor Alfred Opubor, and the title of one of his most discussed
articles Though that question was raised in 2000 in a book published by
UNESCO, the issues that gave rise to it are still as urgent and improperly
understood as they were then. The recent political events in the MENA
(Middle East and North Africa) region, the recent historic
civilian-to-civilian transition in Zambia, the seemingly unending failure
of the big media to significantly bring about participation and access; the
recourse to neoliberal policies by African Œdemocracies¹ and the impact of
that on the big media; are some of the issues that necessitate a thorough
re-examination of that decade-old witticism. If community media is the
answer, what indeed is the question? And how is it being answered? Are
there more questions than there were? What are they?

SUB-THEMES: Paper abstracts and proposals for project demonstrations are
welcome on the following subthemes:

> · Community Media and new media technologies
> · Community media, policy and regulation
> · Community media, social media and social protest
> · Community media and empowerment/development: actual stories and
> · Community media and the management of conflict
> · Community media, community/civic engagement and democracy
> · Research approaches in (and to) community media
> · Community media and gender
> · Community media and popular culture
> · Community media and diasporas

DATE: 27-29 March, 2012

> VENUE: Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Nigeria


> Deadline for submission of abstracts = Nov 30, 2011

> Notification of writers of successful abstracts = Dec 20, 2011

> Deadline for submission of full paper = Feb 20, 2012

FEES: heavily subsidised to cover conference materials, lunches and teas.

Academics: N5,000

International participants: $50

Graduate Students: N1,500

Undergraduate Students: Free

Abstracts or proposals for project demonstration should not exceed 300
words. Abstracts should be sent to both: and

For more information on venues, hotel accommodation, presenters and lead
speakers, timetables etc, visit:

You can access the book in which Prof Opubor¹s Chapter (If community media
is the answer...) was published here:

Ayobami Ojebode, Ph.D

Chairman, Local Organising Committee.

International Institute for ICT Journalism


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Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication
[NGO in Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council]

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