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African media in the 21st Century

African media in the 21st Century
Speaker: Abel Ugba # School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London
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6th Feb 2013 16:00 - 6th Feb 2013 18:00
Ground Floor, seminar room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building


The media in much of Africa are experiencing dramatic changes, thanks to increased globalisation, advancements in media technologies and changes in the continent’s socio-political and economic circumstances. In this presentation, I discuss some of these changes, focussing on the increasing internationalisation or globalisation of what was, for decades, national and regional media. I also attempt to analyse the implications of these changes for Africa’s socio-political and cultural development and for the continent’s location in and relationship with the world. Using African films as a specific case study, I relate the realities of African media internationalization to notions of media contra-flows, cultural imperialism and transnationalism.