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UNESCO Chair on Community Media visits CCMN and Cameroon

CCMN Office November 20, 2017 11

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The CCMN is honoured to announce the visit of the UNESCO Chair on Community Media, Prof Vinod Pavarala, to Cameroon to discuss the role and potentials of community media in the Cameroonian society.

At the invitation of the CCMN – Cameroon Community Media Network, Prof Vinod Pavarala will take part in a 3-day conference with the title “Community-based and Conflict-Sensitive Media Production” with participants from Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Democratic Republic of Congo.

On 27 November 2017 the UNESCO Chair on Community Media will address journalists, media houses, CCMN partners and civil society organisations during an open discussion forum in Douala. During this open forum Prof Pavarala will hold a key note and there will be time for a Q&A session

The CCMN had the opportunity to interview the Prof Pavarala in 2015. You can read and download the full interview here. Prof Vino Pavarala, UNESCO Chair on Community Media, on the relevance of community media

The dominant public sphere constituted by the government, a national market, and the mainstream mass media is exclusionary in nature and privileges the elites. The poor and marginalized find themselves without a voice in that monolithic public sphere and lacking access to it. It is here that community media such as community radios have the potential to forge ‘subaltern counter public spheres’ where subordinate classes could circulate alternative discourses and articulate their own interests and identities. Such alternative spheres, by shifting control over media technologies to the marginalized, facilitate collective action and offer a realistic potential for emancipation.

Date and Time: 27 November 2017, 9.00 a.m. (PROMPT)
Venue: Conference Hall of the Foyer du Marin, Akwa/Douala

For more information on the event and registration please contact
Rev Geraldine Fobang (President CCMN)
Alexander Vojvoda (Co-ordinator CCMN)

+237 67 2009 225

Prof Vinod Pavarala
UNESCO Chair on Community Media
Head of Communication Department, University of Hyderabad/India

Prof Vinod Pavarala is the UNESCO Chair on Community Media at the University of Hyderabad.  For over a decade, he has been one of the leading campaigners for the democratization of airwaves in India and has played a significant role in drafting the national policy permitting community radio a space on the radio dial in the country. As founder-President of the Community Radio Forum of India, he has played an active role in civil society’s engagements with forging alternative media spaces for the marginalized, mostly rural, communities in India. His much reviewed book, co-authored with Kanchan K. Malik, Other Voices: the struggle for community radio in India (Sage, 2007) documents community-based efforts across India to carve out an alternative public sphere.

His work as the UNESCO Chair has taken him to different parts of South Asia, East Africa, and Europe where he has supported networks and reinforced advocacy efforts. He is on the advisory board of the International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR) for the Section on Alternative and Community Media and serves as an editorial adviser for many international journals of repute.  Most recently, he has addressed meetings of Community Media Forum of Europe, the Bundesverband Freier Radios (the German Federation of Free Radios), the Verband Freier Radios Osterreich (the Austrian Federation of Free Radios), and the East African Community Media Network (EACOMNET).  The Community Radio Continuous Improvement Toolkit (CRCIT) developed and designed by the UNESCO Chair on Community Media is now available in English, Hindi, Bengali, and German, and is available in their national versions for India, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and Germany.

Prof. Pavarala has dual masters in Sociology and Communication and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) and IIT-Bombay, before joining the University of Hyderabad in 1995. He was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University in 1998-99 and had the honor of being invited by the International Communication Association to speak at a special plenary on communication research and policy at its annual meeting in Boston in May 2011. At the University of Hyderabad, he has served as the Head for the Department of Communication, the Dean for Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, and the Director of the International Affairs Office. He also serves on the Boards of Studies of several universities and is on national level committees on media education.

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