Sunday, January 04, 2009

African Council on Communication Education - ACCE CONFERENCE 2009 - Call for papers

4-6 August 2009

School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana,

Legon, Ghana


Theme: Communication Education and Practice in Africa -

A Social Contract for the 21st Century?




The Ghana Local Organizing Committee is pleased to confirm its acceptance to host ACCE Conference 2009.



The Conference will be a platform for dialogue and debate among academics, researchers and communication practitioners engaged or interested in communication education and training, information and communication technology, and the practice of communication for African democracy and development.


The Call for Papers is now open.


Please submit your abstracts along the following Sub-themes/Divisions:

·         Communication, Language and Culture

·         Communication and Gender

·         Communication and Democracy

·         Communication and Globalization

·         Communication and Cross-cutting Development Challenges, including but not limited to:

o       Communication and Health

o       Communication and the Environment

o       Communication and Climate Change

o       Communication and Poverty Eradication

·         Community Communications

·         ICTs and the New Media

·         Classroom-Workplace: A Dialogue.

·         Professional Development, Training and Standards

·         Communication and Ethics

·         Communication Theory and Research

·         Communication Policy and Planning

·         Communication Public Service and the Market

·         Forum for Professional Excellence

·         Young Scholars Forum


After a long period between conferences, it is the hope and expectation that ACCE Conference 2009 will contribute significantly to advancing communication education and practice in Africa.  To this end, more focused and in-depth discourse is sought.  In submitting your abstracts, therefore, please be mindful that papers are being invited to enrich and contribute to the dialogue and debate around the theme: Communication Education and Practice in Africa – A Social Contract for the 21st Century?


Please submit your abstract in the attached form to:

Mrs. Alexina Arthur, e-mail; and

Dr Audrey Gadzekpo, e-mail;


Deadline for receipt of abstracts                     :           31 January 2009

Notice of acceptance of abstracts       :           28 February 2009

Deadline for receipt of full papers      :           31 May 2009


The Concept and Information Note for ACCE Conference 2009 is also attached.


We look forward to receiving your abstract.



Acting Director, School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana

Co-ordinator, Local Organizing Committee, ACCE Conference 2009








Founded in 1974 by a small group of African communication experts as a non-profit and non-governmental organization concerned with communication's role in national development, the African Council for Communication Education (ACCE) by the mid 90s, had grown into a formidable body, bringing together over 300 individual academics, researchers, media practitioners and about 80 institutions engaged in and with the broader issues of communication education and training; information technology as well as traditional communication resources; communication and the environment, culture, gender, democracy, and more.


In line with its objectives and activities, the ACCE has in the past provided advisory services and consultations to many African governments, institutions and organizations in the formulation of national communication policies, and communication strategies.


The ACCE also publishes a scholarly journal (The Africa Media Review), monographs, manuals and other publications to sustain the promotion of scholarship by and amongst members and interested parties.  Currently the journal is being supported by CODESRIA. 




Like many NGOs whose operations were sustained by external donor funding, the ACCE was adversely affected by the donor fatigue that set in after the end of the Cold War and shifting priorities in donor funding.


The regularly-held seminars, workshops and biennial conferences and meetings that were the platforms for its operations were reduced to the barest minimum. The last biennial was held in 2003 in Nigeria. Since then, not only has the secretariat in Nairobi, been cash-strapped and rendered ineffective, but national chapters have also been inactive and de-motivated.




A concerned group within the ACCE met recently to deliberate on the future of the organization and established that there were existing opportunities that provide the basis and reason for setting the ACCE back on its former pedestal, and repositioning it to respond to the demanding communication needs and problems of the Continent.  These include, but are not limited to the following:


Renewed interest by younger members in an African professional association that brings together major stakeholders in the field of mass media and communication


Re-affirmed commitment from senior members of ACCE


A desire for structural changes that would make ACCE self-sustaining




It is planned that as many ACCE members, old and new, meet in Accra from 4-6 August 2009, for a three-day conference. The proposed venue is the University of Ghana.  The theme, "Communication Education and Practice in Africa: A Social Contract for the 21st Century?" would allow for discourse on issues of contemporary communication education and media practice.  An opening keynote address would explicate on some of the salient issues raised by the theme and act as a stimulus for further discussions.


The biennial will also provide an opportunity to strengthen the links among key stakeholders including trainers, practitioners, and associations, in the field of communication. This objective is essential, giving the vibrant, dynamic and challenging communications environment pertaining on the Continent resulting from re-democratization and media liberalization.


Importantly, this conference will allow for the examination of various options, some of which have already have been proposed, towards the re-organization of the Council and deepen the institutional memory of ACCE. Other matters that will require attention during the biennial will include: financial sustainability; organizational structures; governance and management; accountability; membership drive etc.






African Council on Communication Education



4-6 August 2009

University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana

Theme: Communication Education and Practice in Africa -

A Social Contract for the 21st Century?






First Name/s


Title for purposes of ACCE 2009

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Institution / Organization




Street address (physical location)


Post office mailing address





Country Code /_____/ Area Code /_____/ Number /________________/


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CONFERENCE SUB-THEME/DIVISION (Please see cover letter.)


ABSTRACT (Maximum 250 words):









































Date of submission




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