CFP Global Knowledge Exchange Preconference (South Africa)

ConferencesCall for submission: Global Knowledge Exchange Preconference @ ICA in Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, 15 November 2023. Deadline: 30 June 2023.

The Global Knowledge Exchange Preconference at the 2023 ICA in Africa regional conference in South Africa is designed to facilitate mutually beneficial knowledge exchange without reinforcing systemic inequities in academia. It does so by bringing together emerging and senior scholars both within and outside the African continent into structured conversations with each other about how best to study media and communication in Africa.

Participants will be placed into four-member cohort groups consisting of an emerging scholar based in Africa, an emerging scholar studying Africa from outside the continent, a senior scholar based in Africa, and a senior scholar studying Africa from outside the continent. Cohort groups will be organized around research interests. Cohorts are not expected to engage in collaborative research; rather, the goal is to nurture and develop each member’s own research projects and interests by recognizing the various ways members can learn from each other.

The preconference schedule will include dedicated time for each group member to discuss and receive detailed feedback on a current or future research project. It will also include presentations and discussions about topics such as how to offer constructive feedback, project development, research collaboration, and geographic disparities in scholarly knowledge production.

CFP Language, Multilingualism, & Decolonization Practices in Higher Education (South Africa)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Language, Multilingualism, and Decolonization Practices
in Higher Education, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 12-14 July, 2023. Deadline: 28 February 2023.

The Academy for Multilingualism invites proposals for papers and posters to be presented at an international conference on Language, Multilingualism, and Decolonization Practices in Higher Education. The purpose of this conference is to bring together academics, researchers, and higher education practitioners working on diverse projects on language, multilingualism and decolonization in higher education institutions. The aim is to promote discussion at the intersections of language, multilingualism, and decolonization practices in higher education. To share and foster theoretical and practical approaches to enhance knowledge exchange between academics, researchers, and higher education practitioners of diverse languages. To gain a better understanding of the intersections of language, multilingualism and decolonization in a changing higher education landscape. Abstracts may be submitted in any official language of South Africa. Should you wish to submit an abstract in a language other than English, please accompany your abstract with an English translation.

CFP 8th International Conference on Multicultural Discourses (South Africa)

ConferencesCall for papers: 8th International Conference on Multicultural Discourses, December 12-14, 2022, University of the Western Cape, Rondebosch, South Africa. Deadline: 1 October 2022 (extended to 15 November 2022).

The 8th International Conference on Multicultural Discourses, under the auspices of the International Association of Multicultural Discourses, will be co-organized by the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS), the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and the School of Contemporary Chinese Discourse Studies, Hangzhou Normal University, China. The conference theme will be: The Choice/Voice of Cooperation in the Post-pandemic World.

Mankind is witnessing yet again the centennial moment of global transformation and the world is ridden with grave challenges and great opportunities. To answer to these uncertain winds of change, scholars from diverse fields such as communication, media, language, literature, culture, history, international relations, etc. are invited to offer their insights into topics of, but not restricted to:
· Discourses of globalization, cultural equality, interconnection;
· Discourses of security, conflict, war, peace;
· Discourses of protectionism, (in)tangible borders, immigration, racism;
· Discourses of development, cooperation, common prosperity;
· Discourses of digital, multi-modal, cinematic representations;
· Discourses of nuclear armament, climate change, poverty.

Stellenbosch U: Postdoc in Linguistics & Identity (South Africa)

PostdocsPostdoctoral Fellowship in General Linguistics for the project Politics of the Belly: Language, Food, and Memory in the (Re)Construction of South African Identity, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2021-23. Deadline: 31 December 2020.

The grantholder of the above project, Dr. Marcelyn Oostendorp, invites applications from suitably qualified doctorate graduates for a postdoctoral fellowship valued at R220 000 per annum. The postdoctoral fellowship is based at Stellenbosch University and is available for two (2) years. The fellowship is only available to one individual who has obtained their doctorate degree within the past five (5) years, who has not attained their doctoral degree at Stellenbosch University, and whose degree was in the area of (applied) linguistics, literature, communication/rhetoric, or another language-related discipline.

This project will investigate the construction of identity and memory in discourses on food, and will employ multimodal discourse analysis as the main theoretical framework and analytical tool. The aim of the project is to shed light on how semiotic resources are used to (re)construct memory, identity, and place in our discursive engagements with food.

Applicants must: a) be available to start the fellowship on 1 April 2021; b) be willing to work full time; c) be competent and experienced in discourse/multimodal analysis and/or in experimental methods (such as eye-tracking); d) hold a PhD and must have graduated within the past five (5) years; e) be able to work in a team environment; f) have experience in writing academic articles; and g) be able to articulately communicate academic findings to disseminate results.

CFP Global Communication Association Conference (South Africa)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Global Communication Association Conference: Perspectives on Africa Media and Communication, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, June 10-12, 2020. Deadline: February 29, 2020.

Hosted by the Durban University of Technology, the Global Communication Association invites abstracts for the 16th annual convention to be held in Durban, South Africa from June 10 – 12, 2020. The GCA invites research papers exploring any aspect of issues related to the theme of the conference, including the following broad topics:

  • African media and communication methodologies, theories, and perspectives
  • Media and their impact on public opinion
  • The evolving modes of teaching and learning
  • New communication technologies, the Internet, and social media
  • Intercultural communication
  • News and information flow

Stellenbosch U Job Ad: Global Partnerships & Internationalisation (S Africa)

Job adsManager of Global Partnerships and Internationalisation Support, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Deadline: 9 November 2018.

  • Develops and implements policy and strategy for the internationalisation of Stellenbosch University (SU) and the core activities: research, learning and teaching and social impact;

  • Develops sustainable significant bilateral and multi-lateral alliances, partnerships and collaboration in support of academic projects;

  • Creates a dedicated support service platform to promote SU’s global engagement activities on campus, in the local community, within the region and continent and beyond;

  • Facilitates the development of scholarship in Africa in collaboration with other centers at SU International.

CFP 20th International Congress of Linguists (South Africa)

ConferencesCall for abstracts
20th International Congress of Linguists, 2-6 July, 2018, Cape Town, South Africa

Authors can now submit abstracts against any of the workshops or individual topics (i.e. “paper sessions”).

24 July 2017: Deadline for abstract submission
31 October 2017: Notification of abstract acceptance

The Congress is held every five years, and is meant to showcase current developments in Linguistics. The Congress will run over five days, have a plenary panel on linguistics in South Africa, nine plenary speakers covering a range of major sub-fields, 10 paper sessions each with its own focus speaker, up to 30 workshops, and several poster sessions. While speakers and topics are drawn from a wide international pool, ICL 20 will take the additional opportunity of showcasing African language research. It will also cover applied linguistic areas of research of vital importance to the African continent and the 21st century at large, with a special extended session on Multilingualism, Education, Policy and Development, and a 2 day workshop on New directions in World Englishes research.



CFP South African Communication Association 2017

ConferencesCall for papers
South African Communication Association (SACOMM) annual conference for 2017
School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University
Grahamstown, South Africa
31 August – 1 September 2017

Locating the power of communication in a time of radical change

The post-truth, and decidedly digital, world is rapidly shifting the way we understand ourselves as media producers and consumers. We see billions of people now with communicative power in their hands actively shaping our world, its politics, its societies, its beliefs and ideas. We see people making their own audiences and speaking directly to them without recourse to the institutions of communication. We see the president of the world’s most powerful nation speak his thoughts and feelings directly to his followers via social media with no filter. Communication institutions of all kinds are being forced to prove their worth and usefulness and account for their methods, particularly when these methods are of the fact-based, verification variety. But media institutions of all kinds are compelled to adjust their social role, to work with and alongside new platforms and to think of their audiences as active and capable of speaking back, or even as competitors. At SACOMM 2017 we shall use the ‘post-truth’ moment as a backdrop against which to explore the idea of the power of communication at this moment in South Africa’s history. As global and local political, cultural and economic antagonisms and modes of resistance are ever-more visibly and quickly processed via the media.

Submission deadline: 15 May 2017.

SACOMM has six different streams:
Media Studies and Journalism
Corporate Communication
Screen Studies
Communication Studies
Communication education and curriculum development (CECD)
Communications advocacy and activism (CAA)

CFP Succeeding in Africa: Social Construction in Action (South Africa)

Succeeding in Africa: Social Construction in Action
July 10 – 12, 2017 in Johannesburg, S. Africa

The Taos Instiute is partnering with the Institute for Transdisciplinary Development in S. Africa for a conference that aims to create the context for both large and small group dialogue with the intent to harvest new learnings about how people – together – across disciplines and in participation with local knowledges – can co-create innovative practices to address complex challenges successfully.

Much has been researched and said about Africa’s problems and complexities and what should be done. This conference’s focus will be on what has been done – successfully. We will bring African projects, from small to mega, from all contexts and disciplines, in the focus. These success stories are going to be unpacked to establish how collaborative, transdisciplinary relationships have enabled success.

Come witness the stories, from the African continent, of collaborative, relational practices and transdisciplinary approaches as creative and innovative responses to solving complex challenges.

This conference will offer you the opportunity to engage in both large and small group dialogue with the intent to harvest new learnings about how people together – across disciplines and in participation with local knowledges – can co-create innovative practices to address complex challenges successfully.

Call for Proposals Open Until March 15, 2017

Contribute and participate in this conference by submitting your presentation proposal illustrating how collaborative, relational and transdisciplinary practices have enabled you and/or your team to achieve transformative and sustainable success in a small or large scale project within one of the following critical focus areas:

  • Education (focus areas including among others primary education)
  • Infrastructure (focus areas including among others; water; electricity; science and technology that are environmentally sustainable)
  • Health (focus areas including among others combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases)
  • Economy (focus areas including among others SME development; entrepreneurial development; sustainable agriculture, high performing organisations)
  • Government (focus areas including among others good governance, stakeholder economic development, infrastructure development, poverty alleviation, education, sport etc.)
  • Culture (focus areas including among others fundamentalism and its effects on conflict and relationships; religion, race; gender)

Pre-Conference Workshops, July 8, 2017

Morning workshop: Social Construction, Relational Theory and Change Practices
Afternoon workshop: Stepping into a Transdisciplinary world

ABC Cape Town Regional Conference (South Africa)

Association for Business Communication 2016 Cape Town Regional Conference
Dates: 6 to 8 January 2016
Host: Terri Grant, Head, Professional Communication Unit (PCU), School of Management Studies (SMS), University of Cape Town (UCT)
Location: University of Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, on the tip of the African continent at the foot of the iconic World heritage site, Table Mountain, is proud to host the first ever Association for Business Communication (ABC) conference in Africa.

As a country with both first and third world conditions, characterised by pockets of world-class infrastructure and democratic institutions as well as huge inequality and poverty, South Africa grapples with the challenges faced by many developing nations.

The Professional Communication Unit in the School of Management Studies in the Commerce Faculty at the University of Cape Town is your official host. From the above, four major areas of interest emerge which underscore this conference: professional communication, management studies, business and commerce as well as education and scholarship.

With the advent of new media where, for instance, hundreds of YouTube videos and millions of tweets are posted every minute globally, companies and institutions struggle to control and manage their messages, both positive and negative. Viral communication allows every echelon of society access to environmental, social and financial data that in the past companies could control, gate keep and manage. Negative messages, in particular, could be delayed, re-scripted, even suppressed.

This so-called openness, however, did not warn many powerful constituents of the financial crash of 2008 (let alone contribute to its prevention), and the results of this meltdown are still being globally felt many years later. The conference seeks to be a meeting place for both scholars and workplace practitioners to discuss and debate a wide range of communicative and numerate topics.

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