P162
Digipolities: conflict and media in Africa
Convenors:
Inge Brinkman (African languages and cultures)
Koenraad Stroeken (Ghent University)
Location:
C6.01
Start time:
27 June, 2013 at 11:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

In this panel we invite papers on comparative, interdisciplinary research in African contexts, that deal with various types of conflict (sudden political upheaval as well as long-term warfare) and look into the role of media and social hierarchies in changing communication patterns therein.

Long abstract:

Conflict in Africa has often been described in terms of ethnicity, world politics (the Cold War) or economic resources. Recently a new explanation has been offered: communication patterns as a factor in conflict and war. Communication may accelerate and/or mediate conflict. The sharp increase in mobile phone use in Africa and the rise of social media have triggered discussions on communication, political action and conflict worldwide. In this panel we will contribute to these debates by hosting papers on comparative, interdisciplinary research in various African contexts. We will compare various types of conflict (sudden political upheaval versus long-term warfare) and look into the role of media and social hierarchies in the changing communication patterns.