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Disability and Media – African perspectives

Call for Papers: March 2018

Disability and Media – African perspectives 

Edited by Associate Professor Mike Kent (Curtin University), Mr Tafadzwa Rugoho (University of Kwa Zulu Natal) & Dr Phillipa Mutswanga (Zimbabwe Open University).

 

Abstracts Due 1 March 2018

Disability media studies is a new and growing area of interdisciplinary academic interest and particularly at the intersection of media studies and disability studies. Trying to build a dialog between these related yet separate disciplines around disability and media is a challenging process. This edited collection will have a focus on disability media in Africa. It seeks to expand some of the existing, often western and Global North facing, scholarship in this area and expand it to include African perspectives. In this collection we are looking to gather writing about disability and media in Africa and also writing by academics from Africa about disability and media.

Dahl (1993) noted that one cannot legislate attitude change. While the media can be a vehicle that reinforces existing prejudice and discrimination towards people with disabilities, it also has the potential to bring about positive change in public perceptions and positively influence attitudes, beliefs, and misconceptions around disability.

The idea to develop this book came from day-to-day informal conversations, formal research and observing media material where people with disability are portrayed differently from other people both in Africa and throughout the world. It is these differences which this book hopes to highlight and reshape towards people with disability where the same media which previously reinforced their inequality can be used to bring justice and equity to their lives.

Disability and Media – African perspectives will be published by reputable publishers - Routledge have expressed interest in the project. All chapters will be subject to a rigorous peer review process.

Areas of interest that chapters might address include:
  • ·         Representation in media of disability and Africa
  • ·         Different types of media and disability
  • ·         Mobile media
  • ·         Case studies on particular countries
  • ·         Case studies from particular disability communities
  • ·         Technological issues in media and disability
  • ·         Media ethics and disability
  • ·         Benefits and challenges in media and disability
  • ·         Results of recent research in this field
  • ·         Philosophical approaches to disability and media
  • ·         Disability media studies in/and Africa
  • ·         Social Media and Disability Advocacy/voice
  • ·         Disability Agenda setting (UNCRPD and other international statues)
  • ·         Ableism in Media
  • ·         The medicalised body in the media
  • ·         The objectification of the disabled body in the media
  • ·         Disability and the media: historical perspectives
  • ·         (Dis)Empowerments of the disabled body
  • ·         Journalism and practices of othering the body

Submission procedure:

Potential authors are invited to submit chapter abstracts of no more than 500 words, including a title, 4 to 6 keywords, and a brief bio, by email to Mike Kent <m.kent@curtin.edu.au> by 1 March 2018. (Please indicate in your proposal if you wish to use any visual material, and how you have or will gain copyright clearance for visual material). Authors will receive a response by 31st March 2018, with those provisionally accepted due as chapters of approximately 6000 words (including references) by 30 June 2018 for peer review. If you would like any further information, please contact Mike or Tafadzwa <zvirevo12@gmail.com>.

 

About the editors:

Mike Kent is an Associate Professor and Head of Department in the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University. Mike’s research focus is on people with disabilities and their use of, and access to, information communication technology and the Internet. His other area of research interest is in higher education and particularly online education, as well as online social networking platforms. His book, with Katie Ellis, Disability and New Media was published by Routledge in 2011. He has also produced a number of edited collections including An Education in Facebook? Higher Education and the World’s Largest Social Network, with Tama Leaver (Routledge, 2014); Disability and Social Media: Global Perspectives, with Katie Ellis, (Routledge, 2017); Massive Open Online Courses and Higher Education: What went right, what went wrong and where to now, with Rebecca Bennett (Routledge, 2017); and Chinese Social Media: Social, Cultural and Political Implications, with Katie Ellis and Jian Xu (Routledge 2018). His forthcoming books Manifestos for the Future of Critical Disability Studies and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Disability: Looking Towards the Future are both edited with Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Katie Ellis and Rachel Robertson and will be available, again through Routledge, in 2018.

Tafadzwa Rugoho is a PhD Sociology candidate at Kwa Zulu Natal and a lecturer at Great Zimbabwe University in the Department of Development Studies. Tafadzwa holds an MSc Development, MSc Strategic Management and a BSc Sociology. He has authored a variety of book chapters and journal papers on disability issues as well as presenting papers at research conferences in this area over the past five years. He has worked for a variety of disability organisations for more than fifteen years. Tafadzwa is disabled and he is a disability activist.

Phillipa Mutswanga is a senior lecturer at Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Special Needs Education (SNE). She has authored and co-authored 38 peer reviewed research papers and a book chapter on gender, disability, religion and The Inclusive Practices Resource Book for Religious Studies under the sponsorship of ATISCA. She is expecting another chapter publication in 2018 by Routledge publishers on, towards developing realistic hopes and aspirations of people who are deaf. She has also co-authored 18 modules for ZOU and also co-partnered in carrying out three consultancies related to disability for Lenard Cheshire, World Education and RATN. Phillipa’s research focuses on disability issues, talking to youths and the aged.

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