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“Growing Communication Research and Scholarship in Africa”: 1st ICAfrica Research and Publication Training Workshop

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The ICA Africa Region (ICAfrica), with support from the International Communication Association (ICA), is organizing a three day workshop to train early career academic scholars and graduate students to focus on writing abstracts and/or research papers for submission to international conferences, peer-reviewed journals, and edited books. As part of the training, there will be a keynote address and overview on contemporary research and publication in the region by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA).

ICA and ICAfrica have engaged a team of over 20 widely experienced professors, seasoned senior researchers, and dedicated journal/book editors from Africa and across the globe, who will be volunteering their expertise and training services.

ICAfrica and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) hereby invite Extended Abstracts/Research Proposals for the first ICAfrica Regional Academic Training Workshop to be hosted by the Uganda Martyrs University. The academic training workshop will focus on the theme of Growing Communication Research and Scholarship in Africa Through Training and Mentorship.

Training Workshop Dates:
24th -26th October, 2017
(Arrival on 23rd October)

Host Institution:
Uganda Martyrs University (UMU)

Training Venue:
Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel
Entebbe, Uganda

Those who meet all five eligibility criteria below are welcome to apply for the training:

  1. Currently a graduate student or early career scholar in need of academic mentorship and training
  2. Ready to report at the training venue on 24th October 2017 at 8:00am
  3. Available to attend the three full days of training
  4. Accompanied by a reference letter justifying your need/suitability for this training (this could be from a supervisor, senior colleague, journal editor, or professor)
  5. Submitted an Extended Abstract/Research Proposal by the stated deadline

Costs and benefits:

  1. Registration Fees
    -US$50 for students (Attach copy of student ID on registration)
    -US$100 for early career scholars
  2. Meals and Accommodation
    Participants will be provided two teas and a hot lunch every day for 3 days. Participants are expected to cover their travel, dinner and accommodation costs.
  3. Certificate
    Every person who attends the training for the three days will be given a Certificate of Attendance and Participation from the International Communication Association. This will only be issued to persons who attend the training for the full three days.
  4. Partial Registration Waiver
    There is a possibility for partial registration fee waivers for graduate students. There will be a prompt to apply, after the abstract acceptance notification.
  5. Making Payments
    Only those whose extended abstracts are accepted will proceed to register. All payments must be made in advance into the bank details provided after acceptance.

Abstract Requirements:
Those who wish to participate should submit a Research Abstract. The abstract should be 1,500 – 2,000 words and should represent work-in-progress. The work does not have to be in a perfect state, as the intention is to build from this abstract to a full manuscript with assistance from the training workshop.

As a minimum, every abstract should include:

  1. Topic,
  2. Introduction and Background,
  3. Problem Statement,
  4. Purpose,
  5. Objectives or Research Questions,
  6. Data Set or Content for Analysis,
  7. Methodology,
  8. Relevance/significance of the research,
  9. “Snapshot” discussion of theory guiding the study and its relevance,
  10. (Expected) Results / Findings.

Abstract Submission:
All abstracts to be submitted through this link:

Some of the Mentors:

  1. Paula Gardner - McMaster University, Canada and ICA President
  2. Amy Jordan - University of Pennsylvania, USA & Past ICA President
  3. Dave Ewoldsen - Michigan State University, USA & Editor, Annals of Communication
  4. Dina Borzekowski - University of Maryland, USA
  5. Jimmy Spire Ssentongo - Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda
  6. Herman Wasserman - University of Cape Town, South Africa
  7. Janet Fulk - University of Southern California, USA
  8. Nancy Rhodes - Michigan State University, USA
  9. Patrice Buzzanell -University of South Florida, USA & Past ICA President
  10. Peter Monge - University of Southern California, USA, ICA Treasurer, Past ICA president
  11. Bala Musa - Azusa Pacific University, USA
  12. Michael Bowen - Daystar University, Kenya
  13. Monica Chibita - Uganda Christian University, Uganda
  14. Sr. A. L. Lando - Daystar University, Kenya
  15. Tanja Bosch - University of Cape Town, South Africa
  16. Faith Nguru - Riara University, Kenya

Keynote Speaker:
Mike Kuria
- Deputy Executive Secretary of IUCEA

Important Dates:

  • 15 July 2017
    Submission of abstracts begins
  • 15 August 2017 (00:00 GMT)
    Deadline for receiving abstracts (there will be no extension)
  • 15th September 2017
    Notification of acceptance
  • 30th September, 2017
    Deadline to apply for registration fee waiver

Conference Cosponsors:
International Communication Association, Uganda Martyrs University, Daystar University, ICAfrica, East African Communication Association.

For further information and / or inquiries, please contact Sr. Prof. A. L. Lando at:

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