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Researching Media in Africa

The Research and Development Department and Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences 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 a HiOA Africa network.

Place: Pilestredet 46, Athene 1 Date and time: Thursday 22. February 2018 09:00 - 18.00


The aim of the seminar is to present a number of scholars attached to HiOA 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 HiOA 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.

Program and Schedule

09.00 Welcome, Kristin Sverdrup, Research Director, HiOA

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 NORHED PhD Candidate, to be confirmed.

10.30 Kristin Skare Orgeret, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, HIOA. What media coverage of changing Durban’s street names may tell us about contemporary South Africa.

10.45 G. Anthony Giannoumis, Department of Computer Sciences, HiOA. Using Co-Innovation to Promote Bidirectional Technology Transfer: A case study of universal design in the Global South and Global North

11.00 Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, PRIO. Media Studies and African Humanitarian Crisis

11.15 Lunch

12.00 Jo Helle-Valle, Department of International Studies, HIOA. Media culture in Africa? A practice-ethnographic approach.

12.15 Nanna Schneidermann, Department of International Studies, HIOA. Media, gender and urban spaces.

12.30 Ardis Storm-Mathisen, SIFO, HIOA. Women’s new media practices and perspectives of economy.

12.45 Discussion

14.00 – 16.00 Workshop HiOA Africa Network

16.30 Book Launch of the Handbook in African Media Research, Palgrave 2018

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