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Stanhope Centre for Communication Policy and Research

International Workshop on China's Media Assistance to Africa

On 10-11 June 2010, the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University, in collaboration with the Stanhope centre, will host researchers from China, Africa and Europe to reflect on China’s increasing influence on the media in Africa and on the implications this has for traditional approaches to media assistance and media development on the continent and beyond.

Role of the Media in Somaliland Elections - report published

A report examining the role of the media in the upcoming Somaliland elections in the light of lessons learned from Kenya, has been published in September 2009.

Media and Election Violence in Eastern Africa - report published

This report is based on the outcome of discussions at a December 2008 workshop organized in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford, the Center for Global Communications Studies at the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania and the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research.

Researching attitudes towards peace and conflict in Darfur: final report and research paper

Between 2007 and 2008 the Stanhope Centre, in collaboration with the Centre for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), has interviewed a variety of people who have been affected by the conflict in Darfur, as a way to understand what they think about its causes and possible solutions. The final goal is developing a form of grassroots diplomacy, using research to represent the voices of those who are usually left at the margins, but who should be included in the negotiations to build a durable peace.

The CGCS and the Stanhope centre have now made available the final report (pdf) which summarizes the main findings of the research project, and a research paper (pdf) that should help other scholars doing research in crisis areas building a workable methodology to assess opinions and promote new forms of representations during conflicts.

About the Stanhope Centre

The Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research is a London-based forum for open dialogue and scholarship related to media law and policy around the world.  A significant emphasis is on engaging graduate students on these issues.

Working with the London School of Economics and the Centre for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School of Communication, the Stanhope Centre brings together scholars, experts, lawyers and graduate students in a variety of academic disciplines in London and internationally, to create a laboratory for interdisciplinary communication studies.  

The Stanhope Centre has a number of different and complementary areas of research. The Centre serves as a facilitator of networks, a contributor to academic debates and an implementer within the field of media and development with a focus on media and conflict.



Culture and politics in African media studies

This series of occasional papers will focus on contemporary issues within African media studies.

Preference will be given to research that emphasizes the particular cultural and political factors that have shaped the development of media systems and vice versa. Such issues could include, for example, the role of media in the nation and state-building process, the consolidation of political power, reconciliation (or its failure) and conflict/post-conflict situations. 

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