75th Birthday Anniversary of Prof Alfred Opubor, first Nigerian professor of Mass Communication

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. Theme: ‘if community media is the answer, what is the question?’. Those were 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 ‘democracies’ 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 potentials
· 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.