New Edition: Call for Articles


‘Moving the centre’ of Communication Studies


Special edition


Guest editor: Professor Colin Chasi


The renewed and amplified calls for a decolonization of higher education as well as scholarly research and its epistemological groundings reverberating throughout the world, have highlighted how scholarship of the global North is still taken as the norm for the development of scholarship in the global South. To paraphrase African writer and scholar Ngugi wa Thiong’o (1993:  47), it is time we ‘move the centre’ of scholarship towards centres long neglected and marginalised and away from histories and epistemologies that privilege and foregrounds Western thought.

This is particularly pertinent to the discipline of Communication Studies as core to human and societal development, organisation and transformation. Thus, in line with quite established African traditions of critical scholarship (Appiah, 2010; Mbembe 2015, 2001; Mudimbe 1998; Wa Thiong’o, 1993, etc.) that have not yet found favor in communication studies in the global North, we invite scholars to give insights on a wide range of epistemological debates shaping the discipline of Communication Studies. This to move scholarship beyond the Western ramparts of archaic, patriarchal, and decidedly racialised ideas of the West and the rest and take ownership of, and to shape a scholarship that not only talk to the present but also the future of communications scholarship, locally as well as globally.

This special edition of the Global Media Journal: African edition, is therefore dedicated to new and thought provoking articles that addresses various aspects of, and perspectives on, the decolonization of Communication Studies.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to by 10 July 2017.  Invitations to submit full papers will be emailed to authors by 20 July 2017.

Posted: 2017-06-12



Please note that all articles received between May  and December 2016 are being reviewed offline.  Authors will be informed via email as soon as both reviews for articles are returned.  


Please also note that the journal will be closed for correspondence from 24 December 2016 to 14 January 2017.


Kind regards

The Editorial Team


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