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Posted By Administration, Monday, March 4, 2019

ICA Global South Student and Early Career Representatives

Dear All,

About a year ago emerged in the SECAC the idea of creating a Global South Student and Early Career Representative (GSSECR) position to improve the representation of student and early career scholars from the Global South within ICA, but also to promote ICA to students of the Global South. A few months ago, we launched a call for volunteers which received an overwhelmingly positive response. The SECAC reviewed a great number of high quality applications from students and early career academics from all the Global South. In front of so much motivation for this project, we decided to nominate not one but two GSSECRs. Their mission will be to establish the boundaries of their new position while building a network of students and early career scholars from the Global South to foster exchanges between them and ICA. The task at hand is a crucial cornerstone for the ICA Student and Early Career Community. This is why we encourage you to warmly welcome ICA’s first Global South Student and Early Career Representatives: Muhammad Ittefaq and Akwasi Bosompem Boateng.

Here below are some words from Muhammad and Akwasi to the ICA Student and Early Career Community -  feel free to contact them with any questions, concerns or ideas you might have on young scholars in the Global South!

Muhammad Ittefaq

I am a MA student in the Department of Communication and Journalism,  of Maine.. I have attained my first MA from the Institute of Media and Communication Sciences, Technical U Ilmenau. I earned my undergraduate degree from the Institute of Communication Studies, U of the Punjab. I have rendered my services in various national and international organizations over a couple of years. I have worked for more than three years as a journalist in Pakistan’s print media industry. My research work has been published in Journal of Media Ethics, Digital Health Journal, and Journal of Media Studies. My opinion pieces have appeared on Center on Public Diplomacy, U of Southern California (USCCPD), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and The Educationist.

I was born in Narowal, Pakistan and lived and traveled in many countries. The first time I was exposed to international traveling was in 2014 when I got a DAAD scholarship for a cultural exchange program at Erfurt U. I lived in Germany for my first MA degree and I got a German state scholarship 2017-18. This was the first time when I learnt how to conduct empirical research in communication. The department sparked my interest in the communication field. My current research focus is on health communication and social media. I am particularly interested in communication and engagement through social networking sites.

Last year, I was a volunteer and attendee at the ICA conference in Prague, Czech Republic. I felt connected with a vibrant and unique international community. ICA is not only an inspirational association for me but also a path to professional development. As the first Global South Student and Early Career Representative, I would like to encourage other early career scholars and students to get engaged and involved with outstanding scholars through this platform.

I’m looking much more to connect and collaborate on research projects. I would like to connect with emerging scholars and students from South Asia, Central Asia, and East Asia. I am open to new ideas, opinions, and perspectives for the future of the ICA Global South Student and Early Career Community. I am looking forward to meeting old friends and new people at the 69th annual ICA conference in Washington D.C.

You can contact me through the following platforms:

Email: ittefaqmuhammad1@gmail.come, Muhammad.ittefaq@maine.edu

Twitter: @IttefaqM

Akwasi Bosompem Boateng

I am an emerging scholar in communication, media and digital humanities with research interests in political communication and persuasion studies, digital and social media, public and international relations. For my PhD at the Centre for Communication, Media and Society, U of KwaZulu-Natal, I am investigating “Facebook usage in political communication in Ghana”. My thesis explores the appropriation of social media by political parties for communication, relationship management and advancement of political agenda.

I hold a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Banking and Finance, as well as a Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from the U of Education, Winneba, Ghana. I also graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in International Studies from Rhodes U. Over the years I have participated in several academic and research conferences and workshops, and consulted for several institutions in communication, media, business development and international relations. I am published in peer reviewed academic journals, and currently working on accepted chapters in a number of books on political communication, social media and democracy in Africa.

My academic and research activities have enabled me to extend collaborations and networks. I am a Research Fellow of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA), Nigeria, a Member of the Institute of Public Relations (IPR), Ghana, and of the Communication Educators Association of Ghana (CEAG). I have been selected for the panel on Technology and Democracy in Africa at the European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) to be held in U of Edinburgh, Scotland in June 2019.  In 2018, I was privileged to be selected as Emerging Scholar by the Common Ground Research Network, University of Illinois, USA. I was awarded a travel grant by ICA to participate in the ICAfrica Biennial Conference at University of Ghana in 2018. In 2017, I was also selected among thirty doctoral and early career researchers from Africa to participate in the Model African Union Summit organized by the African Centre for the Reconstructive Resolution of Dialogue (ACCORD) in South Africa.

I have a warm and friendly personality, am a team player, an avid reader, a player of snooker and a lover of adventure. I am privileged to be part of the ICA community, particularly as a Global South Student and Early Career Representative. This opportunity motivates me to bring my track record of hard work, organization and achievements to the activities of the Global South Community and ICA. I look forward to using my connections and relationships with students and early career researchers in Africa and other continents of the Global South to promote the visibility, representation, research collaborations and networking among members of the Global South Community in ICA. I am looking forward to working and hearing from you. Do feel free to reach me anytime at: beebeeboateng@gmail.com or beebeeboateng@yahoo.comm

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