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OURMedia 7: Identity, Inclusion, Innovation
Alternative Communication in a Globalized World
11-15 August 2008, Accra, Ghana
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
OURMedia 7: Identity, Inclusion, Innovation
Alternative Communication in a Globalized World
will be held in Accra, the capital of Ghana, from 11-15 August 2008.
What OURMedia is about
Founded in 2001, OURMedia/NUESTROSMedios is a global network with the goal
of facilitating a long-term dialogue between academics, activists,
practitioners and policy experts around citizens' media initiatives. [Our
website is being re-designed; for the meantime, we are at
OURMedia is about building an alternative world, rooted in local
knowledge, anchored in strong identities but also connected to global
networks, open to otherness, diversity and inclusion.
Alternative communication for an alternative world
OURMedia 7 is built on the assumption that alternative communication a
diversity of actors, voices, themes and discourses - needs to flourish and
take hold to create alternative worlds. It sees equity, community and
cultural identity as the hallmarks of an alternative world.
Our Media 7 - In Africa, and in the world
OURMedia is coming to Africa for the first time through OM7. The previous
six conferences (OM1-OM6) were held in Washington, D.C., USA; Barcelona,
Spain; Barranquilla, Colombia; Porto Alegre, Brazil; Bangalore, India; and
Like the other conferences, OM7 will be shaped by the living experience of
its host country and region. For Ghana and much of Africa, that experience
has tended to be portrayed by the world media in terms of deprivation and
destruction, or as curiosities. Yet, this vast, diverse and vibrant
continent nourishes many of the values, traditions and practices that can
enrich communication in an alternative world.
Like previous OURMedia conferences, OM7 is an opportunity to dialogue and
strengthen initiatives around common causes with the rest of the world. In
the case of OM7, the conference is also an invitation to better understand
the complex and dynamic reality of Africa that informs and potentially
deepens such dialogue and initiatives.
AKWAABA (Welcome), OURMedia,
to Ghana and through Ghana, to Africa and the world!!!
The 3 Sub-themes of OURMedia 7
OM7 has selected three sub-themes Identity, Inclusion and Innovation -
that are key dimensions of alternative communication in, for and towards an
alternative world. These may be regarded as different faces of
marginalization in a world where expression is becoming increasingly
uniform, majorities are being excluded (and even exploited), and certain
kinds of knowledge and experience are presented as having more value than
others. At the same time, the assertion of identity, inclusion and
innovation are the very sources of strength to overcome homogenization,
exclusion and relegation.
If identity is rooted in culture, the confluence of shared understanding,
practice and communication, how can and does cultural diversity and a
multiplicity of media - contribute to an alternative world? This sub-theme
speaks to the multiplicity of world-views - imaginaries - waiting to be
spoken out loud. In Africa in particular, but also worldwide, the knowledge
and experience embedded in oral tradition and held by indigenous peoples
remain powerful yet relatively unexplored and underutilized in global and
national mainstream media. Whether in the global North or South,
displacements of various kinds have left many grappling with, and grasping
for, their sense of themselves and their values.
How can and does communication contribute to the development of an
alternative world that is inclusive, provides "platforms of equality" and
connects and bridges different cultural and communication societies. In
today's world, exclusion rather than inclusion is often the dominant
experience. There are many faces to exclusion. Some of the most familiar are
given generic names - poverty, gender, youth, indigenous people, minorities.
Whatever the form it may take or the level at which it occurs, exclusion
always reflects an imbalance in relationships. The imbalance is often
maintained with force, whether overt (ranging from legislation to physical
violence or armed conflict) or less immediately palpable (including, for
example, traditional attitudes and beliefs). Not incidentally, fundamental
to exclusion are the strictures on the Right to Communicate itself ranging
from forms of expression to the content of discourse to access to the
organization of technological media. Thus, people creating their own media
is core to inclusion. Often, the process requires the development of
vibrant, rights-aware communities and people-centred policies and
How can and does communication enable innovation and the renewal of the
diversity of human experience that is vital to an alternative world?
Innovation happens everyday everywhere, as people try to make sense of and
relate to their world. Whether identified with day-to-day or modern
technology, the creative impulse is key in transforming the processes and
institutions needed to create an alternative world. Transformation can only
happen if communication itself - those who speak or otherwise express, those
who process and the ways and platforms in which this happens - is
transformed. For example, where do the new communication technologies and
practices lie: will they simply be about new-ness or will they be innovative
in a social sense, both promoting and embodying genuine transformation?
Exploring alternative dimensions and challenging dominant patterns
Against the backdrop of the three sub-themes of Identity, Inclusion and
Innovation, OM7 will seek to articulate dimensions of alternative
communication that privilege diversity and equity, while challenging and
critiquing dominant communication patterns based on hegemonies and
hierarchies. Below are some dimensions of alternative communication and
dominant patterns of communication. Of particular interest to OM7 are the
relationships or more precisely, the imbalances in the relationships
between them. OM7 also recognizes that the seeds of one are often in the
other. For example, communication may be alternative in form but hegemonic
in content. On the other hand, apparently oppressive systems of
communication may be subverted by creative interventions.
^ oral, aural, pictorial, visual and other symbolic communication (e.g.
the language of symbols) traditional and contemporary
^ diversity of languages and other forms of expression
^ experience-based knowledge-generation and technologies
^ marginalized voices, people-centred discourse and social relationships
^ communal values, resources, systems and media of communication and
^ ascendance of civil society and social networks and movements of
communication and engagement Current dominant
patterns of communication
Þ primacy accorded to the written word and a few languages
Þ corporate systems of production and transmission
Þ technology bias in development and application of new information and
Þ media-centric conventions, representation and ethics
Þ commodification, appropriation and corporate ownership of communication
and other key resources
Þ dominant policy discourses and institutions that embed hierarchical
6 Emerging Focal Areas
Based on the sub-themes, OM7 proposes to develop six focal areas:
^ oral and symbolic communication
^ diversity of expression
^ marginalized voices, groups and cultures
^ communal systems of communication
^ social communication networks.
Globally critical challenges
Given the urgency, pervasiveness and persistence of the challenges they
pose, it is expected that OM7 will offer new perspectives and highlight
effective experiences with respect to Communication in relation to
Development, Education, Human Rights, and Peace-building and
Conflict-resolution. Many of these perspectives and experiences are expected
to be in the Focal Areas.
Continuing the OURMedia thread
Through its sub-themes, by exploring the relationship between the dimensions
of alternative communication and dominant patterns of communication, and by
sharpening its focal areas, OM7 will build on the wealth of experience
shared and knowledge generated in previous OURMedia conferences. In
particular, the Call for Proposals wishes to recall the topics addressed in
OM6 under the following headings: Community Media Research; Participation
and Social Change,
Community Media and Policy; Media Activism, Civil Society and Social
Local Culture and Media Diversity; New Technologies and Media Convergence;
Community and Public Access Broadcasting; Indigenous Media; and Young People
and Grass-Roots Communication. [For a full list of the topics, see the
The design of OURMedia 7
OM7 will have three main parts: the "Conference proper", a Community Radio
Symposium, and a Festival.
The Conference will include plenary sessions featuring a keynote speaker and
a keynote performance on each of the sub-themes - Identity, Inclusion,
Innovation - followed by thematic panels and parallel sessions across
various media and issues.
Coinciding with the 10th year on-air of Radio Ada, a pioneer Community Radio
station in Ghana, OM7 will integrate a Community Radio Symposium that will
reflect on, critique and celebrate the role of Community Radio worldwide in
relation to identity, inclusion and innovation.
The Festival will feature exhibitions that express the OURMedia 7 themes
through various media and experiences. Open to the public, the Festival will
be a means of connecting OURMedia 7 with the outside world and ensuring that
it re-invigorates the theme and leaves an imprint among people outside of
and beyond the Conference.
The organizing committee
The event in Ghana is being organized by the Ghana Coordinating Committee
(GCC), a group that has gathered around OURMedia 7 and that brings together
community radio practitioners, academicians, artists and civil society and
media advocates. These include, among others, the Ghana Community Radio
Network (GCRN), the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), the School of
Communication Studies and the Institute of African Studies at the University
of Ghana, and Participatory Development Associates. This core group is being
expanded with other partners from the African region and elsewhere and works
with the OURMedia 7 International Working Group.
The GCC see themselves as facilitators and are desirous that the very
process of organizing OURMedia 7 should, in keeping with the theme, be as
inclusive as possible.
Invitation to submit proposals
OM7 invites proposals that develop the exposition of its sub-themes and
emerging focal areas.
As the proposal form below shows, presentations may take different forms.
Proposals from groups combining different disciplines, experiences and
creative expressions are encouraged.
The richness and diversity of the proposals will give final shape to the OM7
Language of submission
It is regretted that proposals will need to be submitted in English, French,
Portuguese or Spanish. Only translation between these four languages can be
guaranteed at this stage. (English and Spanish are the initial working
languages of OURMedia. French and Portuguese are, in addition to English,
the two main working languages in sub-Saharan Africa.)
However, the proposal form allows for the possibility that a presentation
may be made in a language other than the four named. Presentations in
indigenous languages are also encouraged, but proponents are kindly asked to
prepare to provide their own translations.
Deadline for submission
The deadline for submission is 29 February 2008.
How to submit your proposal
Proposals may be submitted in one of two ways:
· By e-mail to: ourmedia7 at ghanacommunityradio.org
· By post to: The Secretariat, OURMedia7, P O Box KA9492, Accra, Ghana.
In either case, the proposal should have been received by the deadline.
(Please cut, fill and submit)
OURMedia 7 CONFERENCE
11-15 August 2008, Accra, Ghana,
Theme: Identity, Inclusion, Innovation
Alternative Communication in a Globalized World
Name of individual/group/organization making proposal:
What is the working title of your proposal?
Which sub-theme/s will your presentation focus on? Please tick as
/____/ Identity /____/ Inclusion /____/ Innovation
What is the nature of your presentation? Please tick as appropriate.
/____/ Creative writing /____/ Performance
/____/ Research paper /____/ Theoretical paper
/____/ Symbolic media (e.g., indigenous symbols)
/____/ Visual or other media presentation (video, film, cartoons, street
art, electronic art, etc)
Where do you see your proposal featuring at OM7?
/____/ Community Radio Symposium
What format would you prefer to use for your presentation?
/____/ Individual paper or performance
/____/ Panel or cohort
In which spoken language do you propose to make or explain your
/____/ English /____/ French /____/ Portuguese /____/ Spanish
/____/ Other. Please name: _________________________________________
If Other, how will you provide for translation?
OURMedia 7, 11-15 Aug 2007, Accra, Ghana, Call for Proposals, p.2
Summary of proposal
Please summarize your proposal in no more than 250 words. Some of the
questions that you may wish to explore are offered below.
With reference to the sub-themes, relationships, emerging focal areas,
globally critical challenges and issues that are of particular interest to
· what issues have you been grappling with?
· what is the context (including, as may be relevant, social, political
and economic) in which you have been carrying out your work?
· what alternative communication responses have you been developing or
· what new questions have arisen in the course of your work which you
would wish to be part of the ongoing dialogue around building an alternative
Name of individual, group or organization making proposal
If proposal is being made by a group, name of contact person
Street address (physical location)
Post office mailing address
Please tell us something about yourself/group/organization (maximum 100
Date of submission:
Department of Communication
The University of Oklahoma
610 Elm Ave, Norman OK 73019 USA
405 325 1570
clemencia at ou.edu
Participation, Power and Social Change Group
Institute of Development Studies
University of Sussex, Brighton, BN7 9RE, UK
Direct: +44 (0) 1273 873300
Email: J.Pettit at ids.ac.uk
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