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



Other Information

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

Research Showcase Day at Lincoln

Posted on June 22nd, 2015 by Ola Ogunyemi

Scholars in the Lincoln School of Film and Media and the Lincoln School of English and Journalism are organising a Research Showcase on 15 July, 2015 at the University of Lincoln, UK. The theme of the event is ‘Participatory Media Research’ and posters for the exhibition will be displayed in the Main Building at Brayford Pool. In addition to the exhibition, the project/team will do a mini-presentation of about 15 minutes. The exhibition opens at 10am.

Please find below the list of topics:

‘Internet Sharing of Illicit Drug Use knowledge and experience’ by Professor Dave Boothroyd and Dr. Sarah Lewis

‘Comics and the World Wars – A Cultural Record’ by Professor Jane Chapman, Andrew Kerr, Anna Hoyles

‘Radio Rampton’ by Dylan Roys and Rose Braisby

‘Crowd-curated History’ by Dr Andrew Elliot

‘The Web We Want’ by co_LAB Research Group: Richard Vickers, Martyn Thayne, Graham Cooper, James Field

‘Delivering diversity: Broadcast news media and their use of online formats’ by Dr Ola Ogunyemi



International Symposium – Call for Papers

Posted on April 16th, 2015 by Ola Ogunyemi

Organiser: Media of Diaspora Research Group (MDRG) at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Date:       Friday 16 October, 2015

Conference Theme: Journalism, Diaspora and Conflict Resolution

Keynote Speakers: To be announced.

There are more people in diaspora around the world today due to conflict than at any time since WW2. While there are many initiatives by governments and international organisations to engage, empower and enable diaspora communities for the benefit of the host countries and countries of origin, little attention has been devoted to the grassroots approach by the diasporic communities in contributing to, through the appropriation of new media technology, or to the diasporic media’s role in fostering conflict resolution in their countries of origin.

This international symposium aims to examine the dynamics of journalistic practices and diasporic experiences in fostering conflict resolution. Hence, we welcome papers on the theme of the conference including, but not limited to, the diasporic media organisation dimension of conflict resolution; the professional values dimension of conflict resolution; and the diaspora audience dimension of conflict resolution. We plan to develop the conference theme into an edited book.

In addition, there will be a panel and a roundtable discussion. The panel on ‘Journalism, Audiences and Diaspora’ will launch the edited book published in April, 2015 by Palgrave. Contributors will discuss and answer questions about their chapters. Please find the link to the book

The roundtable discussion brings the perspectives of journalists and organisations working with diasporic/minority groups to the debate. Please contact the organisers if your organisation is interested in participating.

To present a paper or contribute a chapter to the planned book, please email your 200word abstract indicating your preference to Dr Ola Ogunyemi, by 19 June, 2015.

Breaking News! Book on Journalism, Audiences and Diaspora

Posted on April 14th, 2015 by Ola Ogunyemi

Dr Ola Ogunyemi, the convener of the Media of Diaspora Research Group (MDRG) at the University of Lincoln, has edited a book titled ‘Journalism, Audiences and Diaspora’. The book, written by leading scholars on diaspora journalism, is one of the few scholarly texts on the journalistic practices of the diasporic media around the world. The 15 chapters explore how diasporic communities engage with local, national and global processes (social, cultural and governmental) and how diasporic news reflects those linkages. It will be launched at the forthcoming MDRG International Symposium in October, 2015. For more information about the book, please visit

News – Media Representation and Africa

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 by Ola Ogunyemi

Ola Ogunyemi was invited to participate as a panel member at the CAS 50th Anniversary Conference titled ‘Media Representation and Africa: whose money, whose story?’ on Friday 20th February, 9am-6pm, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre


A diverse selection of high-profile speakers drawn from academia and the media industry will address questions of representation, narrative and institutional funding with regards to Africa in the media. This one-day conference aims to take the debate forward beyond the ‘Africa Rising’ vs the ‘desperate continent’ discussion and look at current and future trajectories in commissioning, producing and reporting both outside and within the continent. Bringing together those working in the areas of documentary, news reporting, television drama and fictional film, this event promises to develop angles for debate and provide a range of views from those working in front of and behind the camera.

For more information, pls visit Programme available to download from the website