Electronic Technology Group
African Studies Association
1999 Annual Meeting
November 11-14, Philadelphia
The Electronic Technology Group of the African Studies Association is
interested in receiving paper proposals for its panels occuring within
the ASA's annual conference. The group is intetested in research and
reports on applications regarding the convergence of information and
communication technologies (ICTs) as they relate to Africa and the
practices of Africanists.
Convergent technologies include, but are not limited to, computer
networks, CD-ROMS, satellites, radio, television, video,
videocoferencing, telecommunications, and the digitization of cultural
forms. There is also interest in the cultural contextualisation and
policy frameworks within which ICTs are inscribed.
ETG, as a Sponsored Organization is allowed two unreviewed panels per
conference. This year, the themes are:
Dissemination and Use:
Assessing The Uses of ICTs in Africa
Since the ealy 1990s there have been many initiatives aimed at African
'conectivity: introducing ICTs with the Internet at the core focused on
development, health and educationwith a special focus on training and
expanding connectivity to rural areas. The aim of this panel is to
assess the results of the many initiatives: How are ICTs actualy being
USED: what are the main sectors that use ICTs? Why are some sectors
using ICTs more than others?
The panel hopes to address issues pertaining to who is really benefiting
from ICTs: whether the public sector, the private sector and/or the
educational sector; how the life of an average person in Africa has been
affected by ICTs; the extent to which ICTs are used effectively within
African countries/regions; lessons that can be learned from the African
experience of ICTs.
Teaching and Learning about Africa:
Enhancing Africanist Pedagogy with ICTs
In North America ICTs anchored by the Internet have migrated from
library on-line resources through e-mail facilities into a multi-media
cornucopia. While possibly not yet fully expressed at K-12, the ICT
resource base for teaching/learning about Africa is established at the
college/university level. The panel invites Africanists to evaluate the
reality and promise of ICTs for teaching and learning about Africa with
a particular focus on classroom. The Panel will review and assess
specific uses and how experiences could be duplicated and enriched.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PARTICIPANTS
DEALINE IS MARCH 10th
* Please read the ASA Guidelines for paper submission, at:
* According to the ASA guidelines, the abstract of the proposed paper
should be one paragraph (about 8Ð10 sentences) in which you need to
identify the topic, indicate the nature and extent of the data on which
the paper is based, and summarize the argument presented in your work.
* Please email your abstract, and other necessary information
(phone/fax/affiliation/audiovisual equipment required..) to either:
ETG Chair: Ali Ali-Dinar ([log in to unmask])
ETG Deputy Chair: Brian Martin Murphy ([log in to unmask])
* The deadline for receiving paper proposals to the ETG is MARCH 8th.