Communication Conference (SACC)

Communication Conference (SACC)
Odisha, Indien
Call for Papers
Call for Abstract - 2nd Edition of South Asia Communication Conference (SACC)

19 - 20 December 2019
School of Mass Communication, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Bhubaneswar-24, Odisha, India

Concept Note
Journalism education is at crossroad today in South Asia. Initially, most of the courses started with an emphasis on journalism and now branched out to various other nomenclatures such as mass communication, media studies, new media, convergence and so on. Although these changes in nomenclature may be symptomatic of a change in technological forms, however, the core essence of the course is under interrogation.

Further how do we map these shifts? Do they present a mere transformations in technology or the knowledge related to journalism teaching as well as practices in society? And finally, to what extent these course and curriculum are indigenously developed or imported from the west? How people connect to such imported ideas and their implications on the body public? Can such alien ideas provide theoretical comfort to engage with terms such as public, ethics, norms, values and finally objectivity in South Asia? Moreover, can there be a South Asian way of engaging with journalism as history shows that journalistic practices preceded journalism teaching in the region. How do we construe Journalism as a pedagogy vis-à-vis other disciplines?

The history of journalism education in the region shows a chequered growth starting with Journalism programme at Adyar near Madras (now Chennai) by Annie Besant in 1920, followed by setting up the first Department of Journalism in the University of Punjab (now in Pakistan) in 1941, Kabul University of Afghanistan in 1951, University of Dhaka in 1962 and subsequently in other universities and institutes across South Asia.

The Proposed two-day conference would intensively engage with lessons learnt during the last hundred years in terms of history and practice of journalism education in South Asia. It would squarely focus on the epistemic contours of Journalism Education in the region, changing practices, pedagogical orientations, shifts and emerging trends in the discipline. Hence, the second edition of SACC will be a forum to bring discourse about, but not limited to:

1. Disciplinary Contours of Journalism Education in South Asia
2. Country Reports: Status of Journalism Education in South Asian countries
3. Sectoral developments in Journalism Education
4. Development of Allied Disciplines
5. Communications Management as a Discipline in Business Schools
6. Role of the state in (not)promotion of Journalism Education
7. Contribution of Private Institutes/Universities to Journalism Education
8. Current Trends of Research in Journalism Education
9. Industry-Academia Interlink in Journalism Education
10. Curriculum, Pedagogy and Teaching Innovations
11. Dewesternizing Journalism Education and Research
12. Model Curricula for Journalism Education
13. Trends in Journalism Scholarship on South Asia
14. Paradigm Shift in Journalism Education at University Levels in South Asia

About the Conference*
South Asia Communication Conference (SACC) is the annual academic event of the School of Mass Communication, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Deemed To Be University, Bhubaneswar, India. The focus of the conference is confined to Communication Studies, Media Studies and Journalism.
Though the conference is limited to South Asia as a region for study, its level is international. Hence, we bring discourse around the concepts in their historical, social, political, economic and increasingly globalized and diasporic contexts of the South Asian region. Each year, the conference decides to discuss on a concept to understand what is happening in the South Asian region. As Journalism education was initiated in South Asia in 1920, it completed 100 years in 2019.
Hence, the theme of the year is “Journalism Education in South Asia: Is there any Paradigm Shift over 100 Years?” Though Journalism education is going to complete one hundred years soon, hardly we have developed South Asia-centric discourse around it.


  • Oral Presentation: Each presenter will be given 15 minutes to present the research paper.
  • Panel Discussion: Each panel will be given one hour for presentation. Each panel must have 3-4 presenters and one chairperson/moderator.
  • Poster Presentation: Innovative Course or Programme of Journalism Education in South Asia will be presented through posters during the conference days.

There will be three awards: one for the best oral presentation by students (MA, MPhil & PhD), one for the best oral presentation by open category, and one for poster presentation.

Abstract Submission
All abstracts must be submitted to the email addresses: <> and <>.
Abstract must be written within 250 and 300 words for an individual (oral and poster) presentation and within 900 and 1000 words for panel presentation.
The abstract should include title and sub-title of thepaper, background, research questions, research methodology, major findings and conclusion.
Contributors are requested to clearly mention their names, positions, affiliations, contact detailsincluding mobile numbers. Guidelines for writing full paper will be intimated to the invited paperpresenters. Submission of one abstract per person is encouraged. No more than two abstracts per person will be allowed.