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Cheruiyot, D. & Uppal, C. (2018). Pan-Africanism as a laughing matter: (Funny) Expressions of African identity on Twitter. In: : . Paper presented at The 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Prague, Czech Republic, May 24-28, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pan-Africanism as a laughing matter: (Funny) Expressions of African identity on Twitter
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Pan-Africanism, a concept that attempts to capture the essence of being an African, needs to be reconsidered in the age of interactive social media. In this chapter, we look at how Twitter users negotiate the question of African identity through humourous hashtag-driven conversations. We specifically interrogate the question whether a new kind of Pan-Africanism is emerging on Africa’s Twitterverse through the use of a popular hashtag in 2015, #IfAfricaWasABar. In our analysis of tweets linked to #IfAfricaWasABar, we conclude that Twitter provides temporary solidarity by engaging users in humorous exchanges about socio-cultural, political and economic issues that define the African continental condition today. 

Keywords
#IfAfricaWasABar, globalization, humour, identity, Pan-Africanism, Twitter
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-68587 (URN)
Conference
The 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Prague, Czech Republic, May 24-28, 2018
Note

A version of this paper will be published as a book chapter in T. Ngomba, P.  Nielsen & J.  Gustafsson. (2019), Civic Agency in Africa: Arts of Resistances in the 21st Century by Nordicom (Gothenburg).

Available from: 2018-07-17 Created: 2018-07-17 Last updated: 2018-07-27Bibliographically approved
Uppal, C. (2017). Claiming Their Heritage: Re-Discovering India Through Cyber-Dialogue. In: : . Paper presented at "Interventions: Communication Research and Practice" - The 67th Annual Conference of International Communication Association, San Diego, CA, 25-29 May 2017. Division: Global Communication and Social Change.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Claiming Their Heritage: Re-Discovering India Through Cyber-Dialogue
2017 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Keywords
Citizen Mobilisation, Twitter, New Media
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-64005 (URN)
Conference
"Interventions: Communication Research and Practice" - The 67th Annual Conference of International Communication Association, San Diego, CA, 25-29 May 2017. Division: Global Communication and Social Change
Available from: 2017-09-27 Created: 2017-09-27 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved
Uppal, C. (2017). Diaspora, Meaning and Assimilation: Geography, Media and Communication. In: : . Paper presented at "Interventions: Communication Research and Practice" - The 67th Annual Conference of International Communication Association, San Diego, CA, 25-29 May 2017. Division: Global Communication and Social Change.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Diaspora, Meaning and Assimilation: Geography, Media and Communication
2017 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Keywords
Diaspora, Media, Cultural assimilation
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-64006 (URN)
Conference
"Interventions: Communication Research and Practice" - The 67th Annual Conference of International Communication Association, San Diego, CA, 25-29 May 2017. Division: Global Communication and Social Change
Available from: 2017-09-27 Created: 2017-09-27 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved
Uppal, C. (2017). Digital Divide, Diasporic Identity, and a Spiritual Upgrade. In: Balaji, Murali (Ed.), Digital Hinduism: Dharma and Discourse in the Age of New Media. USA: Lexington Books
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Digital Divide, Diasporic Identity, and a Spiritual Upgrade
2017 (English)In: Digital Hinduism: Dharma and Discourse in the Age of New Media / [ed] Balaji, Murali, USA: Lexington Books, 2017Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
USA: Lexington Books, 2017
Series
Explorations in Indic Traditions: Theological, Ethical, and Philosophical
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-63798 (URN)1498559174 (ISBN)9781498559171 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-09-27 Created: 2017-09-27 Last updated: 2018-06-21Bibliographically approved
Ferrer Conill, R. & Uppal, C. (2016). Take us to your elders: Conflicts of communication in crisis environments in Ghana. In: : . Paper presented at IAMCR 2016 - The 2016 conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, July 27-31 2016, Leicester, UK.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Take us to your elders: Conflicts of communication in crisis environments in Ghana
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Crisis and disaster management organizations in developing countries are facing a challenging problem: the processes of urbanization vis a vis traditional societal organizations call for different approaches to communicate with the population. In countries where vulnerabilities, threats, and risks are high, the establishment of channels of communication that address all strata of population, generating trust is important to enhance participation and compliance.

Departing from a two-step flow of communication model and combined with theoretical approaches of trust in crisis communication, this paper aims to analyze the channels of communication during crisis situations in Ghana and how the processes of generating trust in traditional communities is negotiated by crisis managers. To address this call, this study examines the role of citizens’ trust in different structures of Ghanaian society and the strategies used to address lack of compliance in the rural/urban dichotomy.

This study is largely informed by a series of interviews with nine top crisis managers and officials ascribed to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) in Ghana. The results show that while government officials convey information to the public through all means possible, a large amount of the population decides to overlook or ignore the recommendations, and points to the importance of reaching communities through their chiefs, rather than approaching them directly. Since there is reluctance to follow a distant governmental agency, the trust in the community chief is of utmost importance, as chiefs become the sole channel of communication, especially in rural areas in developing countries. Thus, in order to reach rural communities, NADMO officials need to approach the elders who will communicate the message to their people. Trust, and more importantly tradition emerge as the main determining factors for successful dissemination of the message.

The results can be applied to other parts of Ghana and other similar societies especially in countries that still follow a two-step model when it comes to flow of communication and information in crisis environments.  

Keywords
Crisis, disaster, communication, trust, Ghana
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-44625 (URN)
Conference
IAMCR 2016 - The 2016 conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, July 27-31 2016, Leicester, UK
Available from: 2016-08-09 Created: 2016-08-09 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Hanusch, F. & Uppal, C. (2015). Combining detached watchdog journalism with development ideals: An exploration of Fijian journalism culture.. International Communication Gazette, 77(6), 557-576
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Combining detached watchdog journalism with development ideals: An exploration of Fijian journalism culture.
2015 (English)In: International Communication Gazette, ISSN 1748-0485, E-ISSN 1748-0493, Vol. 77, no 6, p. 557-576Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Development journalism has been a key focus of discussion among journalism scholars for around half a decade, but most of the attention has been firmly on African and Asian countries. This article examines the situation on the little-researched island nation of Fiji, which has experienced considerable political instability since independence in 1970. Based on interviews with 77 of the country's small population of just over 100 journalists, we find that journalism in Fiji exhibits similarities to Western journalism ideals, but also a significant development journalism orientation. A comparison with six other countries from the global South shows that this mix is not unique, and we argue that Western journalism approaches and development ideals are not by necessity mutually exclusive, as has often been argued. In this way, the article aims to contribute to a reassessment of our understanding of development journalism and how journalists in developing societies view their work.

Keywords
Culture; development journalism; Fiji; journalist; Pacific; professional views survey; watchdog
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38320 (URN)10.1177/1748048515597873 (DOI)000364571200004 ()
Projects
Worlds of Journalism
Available from: 2015-11-05 Created: 2015-11-05 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Uppal, C. (2015). Mobilizing the Public at Multiple Levels : A Case Study of Satyamev Jayate. In: : . Paper presented at 65th ICA Annual Conference (International Communication Association): Communication Across the Life Span, Puerto Rico 21-25 May 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mobilizing the Public at Multiple Levels : A Case Study of Satyamev Jayate
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Launched in May of 2012, Satyamev Jayate (‘Only the truth triumphs’), is the most researched talk show focussing on current issues that has come to Indian audiences since TV’s introduction to the Indian society.  Apart from being anchored by a popular filmstar, Aamir Khan, and covering some topics that have not been given due attention in the news or popular media, the show is aired simultaneously in five languages.  Each of the episodes has sparked a nation wide discussion on topics overlooked by the mass media, except in the form of coverage in print media. 

 

However, Satyamev Jayate has combined several factors that have given a new avatar to the ‘old mass medium’ making us reconsider its power to bring about social change.

 

This paper analyzes the strategies used by the show to inform, educate, and validate –by interviewing victims, social activists and experts. Building upon the previous work of the author on mobilizing information, the paper extends the argument and definition of what ‘mobilizing information’ can imply and how an ‘old medium’ is still very relevant in bringing attention to social issues, and generating a public discourse.  The concept of mobilizing context, embedded in the format and aim of the show, is introduced, and the first episode is content analyzed to illustrate how the show, very efficiently, utilizes language, appeals, and various interactive features to involve the public. 

Keywords
Mobilizing information, Citizen Participation
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38328 (URN)
Conference
65th ICA Annual Conference (International Communication Association): Communication Across the Life Span, Puerto Rico 21-25 May 2015
Available from: 2015-11-06 Created: 2015-11-06 Last updated: 2016-06-02Bibliographically approved
Uppal, C. (2014). Bollywood an expanding state of mind. In: : . Paper presented at Communicating Soft Power. London, England, 9-10 September 2013.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bollywood an expanding state of mind
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-31286 (URN)
Conference
Communicating Soft Power. London, England, 9-10 September 2013
Available from: 2014-02-07 Created: 2014-02-07 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Haunsch, F. & Uppal, C. (2014). Development journalism in politically unstable democracies: A case study of Fijian journalism culture. Paper presented at International Communication Association (ICA) Seattle May. International Communication Gazette, 77(6), 557-576
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Development journalism in politically unstable democracies: A case study of Fijian journalism culture
2014 (English)In: International Communication Gazette, ISSN 1748-0485, E-ISSN 1748-0493, Vol. 77, no 6, p. 557-576Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Development journalism has been a key focus of discussion among journalism scholars for more than 40 years, but the focus has been firmly on African and Asian countries. This paper contributes to the study of development journalism and journalism culture by focusing on the little-researched island nation of Fiji, which has experienced considerable political instability since independence in 1970. Based on interviews with 77 of the country’s small population of just over 100 journalists, this paper finds that development journalism in Fiji takes an interesting shape that contradicts some conventional thinking. While our respondents expressed strong support for a Western watchdog style of journalism, but also supported development goals, leading to a unique mix that, it is argued, is not as contradictory as it may seem. In other area, journalists also combine Western ideals with local values. Some of the implications of recent impacts of media freedom are discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2014
Keywords
Culture, development journalism, Fiji, journalist, Pacific, professional views survey, watchdog
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-31288 (URN)10.1177/1748048515597873 (DOI)
External cooperation:
Conference
International Communication Association (ICA) Seattle May
Available from: 2014-02-07 Created: 2014-02-07 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Uppal, C. (2014). Girls Around the World Interpret Non-Western Disney Princesses: A study in four countries. In: : . Paper presented at IAMCR 2014 "Region as Frame: Politics, Presence, Practice": International Association of Media and Communication Research 15-19 July 2014, Hyderabad, India.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Girls Around the World Interpret Non-Western Disney Princesses: A study in four countries
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34404 (URN)
Conference
IAMCR 2014 "Region as Frame: Politics, Presence, Practice": International Association of Media and Communication Research 15-19 July 2014, Hyderabad, India
Available from: 2014-10-15 Created: 2014-10-15 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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