Accepted at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Conference, August 4-7, 2021 (Online 2021).
This paper won First Place in the Faculty Paper Awardsalso known as the Robert L. Stevenson Open Paper Competition. It also won Best Paper in African Journalism Studies Award.
Abstract: Drawing on an African feminist autoethnography framework grounded in a decolonial philosophy of Bilchiinsi, I present critical reflections on my experiences as an African scholar conducting research on media studies in Ghana. I argue that although canonical theories can be useful in theorizing African media systems, it is imperative to decolonize research by first looking to Indigenous African epistemologies and knowledge systems to support knowledge production in media studies and communication(s).
From Riches to Rags: The Decline of Venezuelan Telenovelas
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Hollywood Shutdown: Production, Distribution, and Exhibition in the Time of Covid
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