Prof. Vinod Pavarala, UNESCO Chair on Community Media, and Arun John, Ph.D student at the Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad, participated in the proceedings of the annual conference of International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) held in Cartagena, Colombia from July 16-20, 2017. Prof. Pavarala chaired a session titled “Community and alternative media and democratization processes” and presented two papers: a) “The Elephant in the Room: Negotiating the State in the Community Radio Sector in South Asia”; and b) “Institutionalising the C4D Evaluation Framework: between principled aspirations and pragmatic compromises,” co-authored with Jessica Noske-Turner (RMIT University) and Jo Tacchi (University of Loughborough in London) in the session titled “Participation, Development and Social Change.” He was also an invited panelist at a Roundtable discussion on “The Rise of Nationalism and the Challenge to Globalization” as part of IAMCR’s Global Media Policy Section.

Arun John, who has been working on his doctoral dissertation on community radio, presented a paper on, “Tribal community, State and Community Radio,” in a session titled “Participation and Organisation – Civil Society and Community Media.” He was a recipient of the IAMCR Travel Grant of $1500 to attend the conference.

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