Programme for International Symposium in October 2015

Posted on August 19th, 2015 by Ola Ogunyemi

Journalism, Diaspora and Conflict Resolution


Date:               Friday 16 October, 2015

Venue:            MB1013, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln.

Organiser:      Media of Diaspora Research Group (MDRG)


Time Activities and Sections Participants Title
9.00 – 9.30hrs Registration and tea/coffee
9.25hrs – 9.30hrs Welcome Speech Deborah Wilson- David, Acting HoD, School of English and Journalism
9.30 – 10.00hrs Introductory Talk and Keynote Paper Ola Ogunyemi Representation of Diasporic Groups Response to Conflict in their Homeland
10.00 – 10.20hrs Section 1: Diaspora Media and Conflict Resolution: An Organisational Perspectives Babak Elahi and Andrea Hickerson, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. Journalist Memoirs and the Iranian Diaspora
10.20 -10.40hrs

Brian Chama,

Sheridan Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning. Toronto, Canada

NB: Not attending Symposium

Race and Conflict Resolution in News Coverage: A Case Study of The Voice Newspaper.

10.40 –


Joseph Wogu, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Nigeria Conflict Resolution Potential of Diasporic Media on Boko Haram Insurgency in the North Eastern Nigeria
11.00 – 11.20hrs

Shepherd Mpofu,

University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Zimbabwe’s Diasporic New Media and Conversations on Conflict
11.20 – 11.35 Tea/Coffee Break Tea/Coffee Break Tea/Coffee Break
11.35 – 11.55hrs

Adeyemi Obalanlege,

Crescent University, Abeokuta. Nigeria.

Diaspora Media and Conflict Resolution in the Digital Age: A Study of Sahara Reporters
11.55 – 12.15hrs Section 2: Diasporans and Conflict Resolution: An Audience Perspective Ayotunde Alao, Kwara State University, Nigeria. Social Media and Conflict Resolution amongst Ghanaians in Diaspora: Review of the ‘Ghana Must Go’ Conflict.
12.15 – 12.35hrs

Everette Ndlovu,

Salford University, UK

The Contestation of Discourse Dissemination in the Digital Era.

Angeliki Koukoutsaki-Monier, Haute-Alsace University, France

NB: Not attending Symposium

Empowered Diasporas? Debating the Greek Crisis Online
12.35 – 12.55hrs Section 3: Diaspora Agencies and conflict Resolution: The role and influence of diaspora agencies Asmaa Azizi, Communication science at Celsa – Paris IV Sorbonne, France When its Diasporas Speak. Media and Political Participation of Moroccan Immigrants
12.55hrs – 13.55hrs Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
13.55 – 14.30hrs A short introduction by Prof Jason Whittaker to launch the book ‘Journalism, Audiences and Diaspora’

Shepherd Mpofu (University of Johannesburg, S/A), Ola Ogunyemi (University of Lincoln), Sanem Sahin (University of Lincoln), Amira Halperin, Truman Institute, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Panel interactive session with audience.
14.30 – 16.00hrs Roundtable Discussion with Practitioners Akua, Editor of British Blacklist; Mike Abiola, Editor of African Voice; All participants.

Focus of discussion: conflict hotspots and dispersion;

the role of diasporic media in conflict resolution; the role of diasporans in conflict resolution; the use of media by diasporans to contribute to conflict resolution; offline actions on conflict resolution by diasporans; the role/influence of diaspora agencies.

16.00 – 16.25hrs Plans for edited book on theme of symposium and venue for MDRG 2016 All Journalism, Diaspora and Conflict Resolution
16.30 End End End



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Accommodation: Pls ‘google’ Hotel in Lincoln City for a list. I found the cite below

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