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Institute for the African Child conference planners call for papers

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 18, 2006) -- The Institute for the African Child at Ohio University announces its sixth annual conference "African Children in African Media" scheduled for June 15-17 on the campus of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

The conference considers how African children are represented and underrepresented in African audio-visual and print media. The sessions will explore the role of state, private, and NGO owned media institutions and organizations, and examine their impact on the lives of African children. Educational media, child produced media, media for development purposes are among some of the panel topics. The conference convener is Firdoze Bulbulia, Chairperson of the Children and Broadcasting Foundation for Africa (CBFA), and the 2007, 5th World Summit on Media for Children. This conference will be co-sponsored by the Middle States African Studies Association. Papers from scholarly and practitioner perspectives are welcome.

The conference agenda will also include round tables, workshops, panels, master classes, plenary sessions and exhibitions. Key themes for papers and workshops include:

  • Government policies and programming relating to children's media
  • Comparative regulatory environments
  • Children and newspapers, news etc.
  • Violence, children and media
  • Children and alternative media
  • Children and the Internet
  • African children's books, video games, films etc.
  • Media made by African children
  • Globalization of children's media
  • Children's media rights
  • Investing in children's media
  • The role of content providers
  • HIV-AIDS and its impact on children's media
  • South-south partnerships

The expected outcomes will include research and production projects designed to amplify unique children's voices and cultures, through media created locally and shared globally. High quality content is expensive and difficult to develop, especially in countries where resources are limited; this conference will assist producers and academics to pilot ideas and projects that could be presented at the 5th World Summit on Media for Children that will take place in South Africa in 2007.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Papers: Authors are to submit a cover page, including the title of the paper, the name(s) of the author(s), and the author(s)' affiliation(s), if applicable; and an abstract of the paper. The abstract may be no longer than 350 words. Multiple submissions are welcome, but each submission should be made as a separate e-mail attachment. We encourage electronic submission of abstracts and papers.

Workshops/Exhibitions: Exhibitors and those who intend to organize workshops should send a brief description of their exhibits or workshop theme.

Paper presentation sessions (20 minutes)

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is April 1. Send submissions to Andy Ofori-Birikorang at ao377703@ohio.edu.

IMPORTANT: Authors whose abstracts are accepted for presentation must submit the completed papers by June 1.

For additional information including registration, housing, and travel information visit the Institute's Web site at: www.ohio.edu/afrchild. For inquiries and information contact Conference Coordinator Ghirmai Negash at negashg@ohio.edu or Acacia Nikoi at Nikoi@ohio.edu.  

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Media Contact: Assistant Director for the Institute for the African Child Ghirmai Negash, (740) 597-1368 or negashg@ohio.edu

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