June 14, 2024

WSICE partners Bournemouth University, KNUST for seminar on transnational media research collaborations

  • May 29, 2024
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WSICE partners Bournemouth University, KNUST for seminar on transnational media research collaborations

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AS the global discourse and conversations on decolonisation gain momentum, unique perspectives from academics and practitioners from Africa, South Asia, and Latin America remain crucial, and forthcoming international seminar titled ‘Exploring Ethics in Transnational Media Research’, will be advancing these discussions. Slated for May 30 – 31, 2024, online, the event, part of the broader research project titled ‘Developing a Media Decolonisation Imaginary’ is led by Dr. Samantha Iwowo of Bournemouth University (BU), UK, and Prof. Charles Ofosu Marfo of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.

Funded by the UK Research and Innovation’s Higher Education Innovative Funds (HEIF), the discussions will spotlight current debates and studies around the role of ethics in transnational media collaborations, particularising examples in South Asia with a few from Africa. The keynote speakers are Professor Nikita Dhawan, political scientist at Technische Universität Germany, and Prof. Jude William Genilo, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh. Speakers from Africa include critically acclaimed filmmaker and theatre artist, Bolanale Austen-Peters, Co-Founder of Trans Sahara Investment Corporation, Kyari Bukar, and MD/CEO, Central Securities Clearing System Plc, the Central Securities Depository of the Nigerian Capital markets, as well as Prof. Ssali Sarah of Makerere University, Uganda and Prof. George Bob-Milliar of KNUST, Ghana.

The broader project, Developing a Media Decolonisation Imaginary, draws on expertise from Bournemouth University’s Centre for the Study of Conflict, Emotion and Social Justice (CESJ), and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Ghana, industry partners industry are the Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange (WSICE), and Lanka Cine Media, Sri Lanka. It also involves research inputs from scholars at the University of Florida, US, Birkbeck University, London, and London of Economics (LSE), UK.

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Dr. Samantha Iwowo

Characterised by knowledge-exchange seminars, the inaugural was in January 2024 forming a catalyst for conversations and reflections on knowledge decolonisation and repositioning for media development in Africa. In attendance were leading academics and industry experts Lindiwe Dovey, Professor of Film and Screen Studies at SOAS University of London, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Dr. Teju Kareem of the Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange, BAFTA award-winning producer, Fiona Lamptey and Dumi Senda, EDI Portfolio Lead, BBC UK.

Following the successes of that inaugural discussions, the conversations now moved to South Asia for a knowledge exchange aimed at expanding understanding of innovative ethical approaches to transnational media collaborations. Organisers extend a warm invitation to scholars and industry stakeholders to join the virtual conversation on a journey of intellectual growth and learning.

Project Leads, Dr. Samantha Iwowo and Professor Charles Ofosu Marfo note that “this research aims to strengthen transnational media research collaborations, promote global media diversity and inclusivity by developing ethical frameworks underpinned by the participation of media practitioners and researchers who are directly implicated in north-south transnational media collaborations.”

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