Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century
Date & Time: Tuesday 13th September, 19:00 – 20:30
Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, SOAS, London, WC1H 0XG
This is the first book in over twenty years to examine the international media’s coverage of sub-Saharan Africa. Moving discussion beyond traditional critiques of ‘Africa Rising’ vs ‘darkest Africa’ stereotypes, the contributors explore the news outlets, international power dynamics, and technologies that shape and reshape the contemporary image of Africa and Africans in journalism and global culture.
Case studies consider questions such as: how have new media changed whose views are represented? Do Chinese or diaspora media offer alternative perspectives for viewing the continent? How do foreign correspondents interact with their audiences in a social media age? What is the contemporary role of charity groups and PR firms in shaping news content?
To launch this book, we are joined by editors Suzanne Franks, Mel Bunce and Chris Paterson, and contributors Abdullahi Tasiu Abubakar, Heba Aly and Olatunji Ogunyemi as they explore topics as diverse as the media strategies of Boko Haram, the market for humanitarian news and the image of the continent presented in African diasporic press in the UK.
Copies of the book will be on sale: Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century: From the “Heart of Darkness” to “Africa Rising” (2016) Edited by Mel Bunce, Suzanne Franks, and Chris Paterson. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-96231-6