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AFDA staff and students make impact at SACOMM 2016

November 18, 2016 1:03 pm

Tristan Jacobs receiving best “Best Paper in the General Communications Interest Stream”  Award

The annual SACOMM Conference was held from 3 – 5 October in Bloemfontein, hosted by the Communication Department of the University of the Free State – UFS.

SACOMM is a professional body representing academics from around Southern Africa working in Communications and related fields.

The theme of the 2016 Conference was “Communication from within and below: Social Transformation and Inclusiveness”.

The tone of the conference was set by Prof. tom O’Regan during his Key Note address which was titled “Between Exacerbation and Alleviation? Media in Transition, Social Transformation and inclusiveness”. Many of the topics discussed circled around the idea of transformation within the academic institutions and access to the media in Southern Africa.
Daniel Segal, an AFDA Honours student presented his paper titled “How messaging Apps are shaping the way we consume mobile video content” whilst Ursula Botha, a first year MFA student from the Johannesburg Campus presented her paper titled “Film & Feminism: Offering Insight to the construction of woman in Afrikaans Cinema”. Both students were highly praised for their solid research and interesting results presented in such a professional manner.
Tristan Jacobs, Lecturer/Researcher in Production Course received the award for the “Best Paper in the General Communications Interest Stream” during the Conference Gala Dinner. This is the first time that AFDA received an award for delivering an academic research paper during a conference. Congratulations!

AFDA is represented on the SACOMM Executive Committee by François Smit, Head of Postgraduate Studies in Johannesburg. During this conference François chaired several sessions in the Screen Studies & the General Communication Streams. He manages activities in the Screen Studies stream throughout the year and organizes workshops, screenings and colloquia to foster exchange and debate in the field on a regular basis.

SACOMM provides an opportunity to academics to catch-up to research questions and the academic debates which are currently being tackled by academics in the communication fields on all university campuses in Southern Africa.

SACOMM 2017 will be hosted by the School of Journalism at Rhodes University.

For further information please visit the SACOMM Website: or search for the SACOMM hashtag on Social Media. #SACOMM2016 #SACOMM #SACOMM16

Photo Credit: SACOMM Communications Dept. UFS




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