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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. (2017). Risk and trust in crisis communication: A qualitative study of information intermediaries in Ghana. In: : . Paper presented at 67th Annual Conference: Interventions: Communication Research and Practice. International Communication Association, San Diego, USA, 25-29 of Maj 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Risk and trust in crisis communication: A qualitative study of information intermediaries in Ghana
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-62526 (URN)
Conference
67th Annual Conference: Interventions: Communication Research and Practice. International Communication Association, San Diego, USA, 25-29 of Maj 2017
Available from: 2017-07-22 Created: 2017-07-22 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved
Uppal, C. (2016). Claiming Their Heritage: Citizens  and Digital Communication. In: : . Paper presented at Pre-conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), June 8,Tokyo, Japan..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Claiming Their Heritage: Citizens  and Digital Communication
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-45836 (URN)
Conference
Pre-conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), June 8,Tokyo, Japan.
Available from: 2016-09-10 Created: 2016-09-10 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved
Ranjan, A. & Uppal, C. (2016). Communicating a Relationship: Pakistan Through the lens of Hindi Cinema. In: Communicating with Power: 66th Annual International Communication Association Conference, Japan, Fukuoka, June 9-13, 2016. Paper presented at Communicating with Power - ICA Fukuoka 2016 66th Annual International Communication Association Conference, Japan, Fukuoka, June 9-13, 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Communicating a Relationship: Pakistan Through the lens of Hindi Cinema
2016 (English)In: Communicating with Power: 66th Annual International Communication Association Conference, Japan, Fukuoka, June 9-13, 2016, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-45835 (URN)
Conference
Communicating with Power - ICA Fukuoka 2016 66th Annual International Communication Association Conference, Japan, Fukuoka, June 9-13, 2016
Available from: 2016-09-10 Created: 2016-09-10 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved
Ferrer Conill, R. & Uppal, C. (2016). Engaging the readers(?): The use of gamification for news consumption. In: : . Paper presented at ECC ECREA 2016, 9th – 11th November, 2016, Prague, Czech Republic..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Engaging the readers(?): The use of gamification for news consumption
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Keywords
gamification, engagement, journalism, digital journalism, al jazeera
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-47455 (URN)
Conference
ECC ECREA 2016, 9th – 11th November, 2016, Prague, Czech Republic.
Available from: 2016-12-06 Created: 2016-12-06 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved
Cheruiyot, D. & Uppal, C. (2016). New Pan-Africanism?: Expressions of African identity on Twitter. In: Gender & change : challenges for Africa: Nordic Africa Days 2016, Uppsala 23-24 September. Paper presented at Nordic Africa Days 2016 conference, September 23-24, Uppsala, Sweden (pp. 56-57). Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute
Open this publication in new window or tab >>New Pan-Africanism?: Expressions of African identity on Twitter
2016 (English)In: Gender & change : challenges for Africa: Nordic Africa Days 2016, Uppsala 23-24 September, Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute , 2016, , p. 144p. 56-57Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article will interrogate the question whether a collective identity of a new Pan-Africanism is emerging through social media in Africa. The study focuses on the use of the hashtag IfAfricaWasABar by Twitter users across the continent in July 2015. It will entail a qualitative content analysis of tweets that were accompanied by #IfAfricaWasABar to analyse the issues raised by African Twitter users as regards their identity. #IfAfricaWasABar was started by Motswana author Siyanda Mohutsiwa and was trending for several weeks in different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The hashtag called upon Twitter users across Africa to satirize the Western media narrative of Africa as a country by coming up with hilarious lines that imagine the continent as a bar, which has interesting characters who in real life would define the continent's culture, politics and social life.

Studies of Twitter use for expression of identity in Africa are few although there has been a marked increase of citizen participation on this social media platform (Portland Communications, 2012). Twitter has indeed turned into an interesting platform for deliberation and daily conversations among citizens. Such kinds of citizen engagement are turning out to offer an interesting forum for jokes as well as serious social and political discussion for discourses that appeal to citizens across the continent, who are both online and offline. In fact, in their recent study on the use of Twitter by Kenyans, Tully and Ekdale (2014) conclude that 'playful engagement' on Twitter is spurring significant deliberation as users "infuse developmental agendas in their comments, actions and interactions" (p.68).

The article will argue that more than offering a platform for deliberation, Twitter as a new media technology in Africa is enabling African citizens to recreate an African identity in the global space. It will seek to revive the old debate on Pan-Africanism and its expressions on media space, which has so far been overshadowed a process of globalization. It will further trace and discuss the discourses in the nexus of Pan-Africanism, identity as well use of Twitter in Africa. The article will pose the question whether through Twitter, a "New Pan-Africanism" is emerging, where ordinary citizens rather than elites determine how Pan-Africanism should be defined and expressed on global space.        

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute, 2016. p. 144
Keywords
Identity, media representation, Pan-Africanism, Twitter, #IfAfricaWasABar
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-47976 (URN)978-91-7106-787-6 (ISBN)
Conference
Nordic Africa Days 2016 conference, September 23-24, Uppsala, Sweden
Available from: 2017-02-19 Created: 2017-02-19 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically 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
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