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Researching Media in Africa at Oslo Metropolitan University

The Research and Development Department and Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) cordially invite you to join us for a full-day seminar of Researching African media. After the seminar, there will be a two-hour workshop to initiate the establishment of an OsloMet Africa network.

Sted: Pilestredet 46, Athene 1 Dato og tid: torsdag 22. februar 2018 kl. 09.00 - 18.00


The aim of the seminar is to present a number of scholars attached to OsloMet who conduct and publish research on the role of media and journalism in a changing Africa. Increasingly more scholars realize that to understand and explain the current changes in Africa we need to study the role of new media, its content as well as how people use the media in their engagement with the world. We invite all interested parties to join the discussion.

The aim of the workshop is to establish an interdisciplinary network for all OsloMet staff who work in and with Africa, to facilitate and initiate cooperation and knowledge exchange across faculties, departments and institutes.

In the evening, we are very happy to launch the brand new Handbook in African Media Research (ed. Bruce Mutsvairo, Palgrave 2018), in collaboration with the Norwegian Council for Africa.

Registration: https://skjema.uio.no/africanmediahioa by February 16th

Program and Schedule

09.00 Welcome, Kristin Sverdrup, Research Director, OsloMet

09.15 Bruce Mutsvairo, University of Technology Sydney's School of Communication, Editor of Handbook in African Media Research, Palgrave 2018. 

What I find interesting/missing in research on African media right now

09.45 Discussion

10.00 Coffee break

10.15  Gerald Walulya, NORHED PhD Candidate.

Media challenges during the electoral process in East Africa.

10.30 Kristin Skare Orgeret, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, OsloMet. 

What media coverage of changing Durban’s street names may tell us about contemporary South Africa.

10.45  Daria Krivonos (project coordinator) and Kristian Munter Simonsen (master student), Department of Computer Sciences, OsloMet University

The Mozambique-Norway Accessibility Partnership Project: State-of-the-art solutions for knowledge and cultural exchange.

11.00 Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, PRIO. 

Media Studies and African Humanitarian Crisis

11.15 Lunch

12.00 Jo Helle-Valle, Department of International Studies, OsloMet. 

Media culture in Africa? A practice-ethnographic approach.

12.15 Ardis Storm-Mathisen, SIFO, OsloMet University

Women’s new media practices and perspectives of economy.

12.30 Ardis Storm-Mathisen, SIFO, OsloMet University & Jo Helle-Valle, Department of International Studies, OsloMet University

How can new media contribute to development? A case.

12.45 Discussion

14.00 – 16.00 Workshop OsloMet Africa Network

17.00 - 18.00 Book Launch of the Handbook in African Media Research, Palgrave 2018

For more information, please contact vibeke.viestad@hioa.no