East African Communication Association (EACA) Conference 2019

About the Conference

“The EACA 2019 Conference seeks to explore issues focusing on how the industry and the academy can work together to answer the most pertinent question: how do we survive disruption through innovation?”

The East African Communication Association (EACA) was established in 2011 to serve as a platform for media and communications experts, researchers, academics, policy makers, regulators and media practitioners in Eastern Africa and beyond. The body of work that emerges from these interactions is deployed to improve the field and the industry.

Objectives of the Association

  • Building networks and harnessing synergies towards building capacity for changing media environments in the region and Africa as a whole
  • Enabling the dissemination of work through the annual conference and a peer- reviewed journal, the African Journal of Communication. The latter solicits submissions throughout the year.

Since its inception in 2011, EACA has held annual conferences in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

The Graduate School of Media and Communications, Aga Khan University

The Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) is a premier source of education and tailored training for journalists, communicators and media executives and entrepreneurs in East Africa and beyond.

GSMC’s mission is to foster a diverse, independent, innovative, ethical and economically thriving media and communications sector that contributes to the creation of successful and sustainable societies in an era of technological and social change

The objectives of the conference are:

  1. To contextualise disruption and innovation as we interrogate how new technological trends are transforming the media and communications landscape in the region.
  2. To explore how media organisations in the region and the continent are responding to shifts in consumer expectation, consumption and engagement and new content platforms in the digital world.
  3. To investigate the impact of shifting demographics and the resulting demand for new services that offer convenience, memorable experiences and instant access.
  4. To examine how the media and communications sector in the region is adapting to declining profitability and the emergence of new players in a complex digital ecosystem.
  5. To interrogate the capacity and preparedness of journalism schools in training for a changed and rapidly changing market.

The EACA 2019 Conference seeks to explore these and other issues focusing on how the industry and the academy can work together to answer the most pertinent question: how do we survive disruption through innovation?

Call For Abstracts: CLOSED

Abstracts are invited in any of the following or related thematic areas:

· Technology, innovation and change

· Disruptive innovations

· Trust in the age of social media

· New media consumption and audience behaviours

· Disruption and Innovation theories

· Disruption of content production and distribution

· Disruptive Technologies

· Digital Disruption & new media cultures

· The contemporary media & communication landscape.

· PR practice and Innovations

· Changing professions & professionalism

· Research and innovation in media and communication

· Media ownership in the digital age

· Business models

· Media Leadership and innovation in a digital world

· Disrupting Democracy

· Block chain and Crypto currencies

· Disrupting higher education and journalism training

· Data & Analytics

· Creativity and creatives

· Disrupting Publishing

· Development communication

· Gendered disruption and innovation

· The future of journalism

· Innovation and Entrepreneurship

· The law, regulation & ethics in the digital age



Panels – CLOSED

Proposals for panels on the conference theme are invited from all sectors of the field. These will be evaluated competitively by anonymous referees. Panel proposals on the conference theme must include a 400-word rationale explaining how the panel fits the conference. It should also provide names of up to 4 of the prospective panelists, their contact details, institutional affiliation and contacts.

Guidelines For Submission: CLOSED

Thank you for your abstracts. Please note the SUBMISSIONS are now CLOSED!


Prospective delegates and authors should submit abstracts of not more than 300 words to eaca2019@aku.edu

Kindly submit your abstracts as an attachment in Word format clearly indicating the title of the paper, the author(s) and contact details (institutional affiliation, email address and phone contacts). Also include a mugshot (passport photo) and short biography/biographies of the author(s).

Send your inquiries on the conference to the same addresses.

Travel information (Visa, Accommodation, etc.) Here

Registration Fee Payment Information

Electronic Bank Transfer
Bank: Kenya Commercial Bank
Branch: Village Market
Swift Code: KCBLENX
Acct. Number: 1134186622
Acct. Name: East Africa Communication Association


Paybill: 522522
Acct. Number: 1134186622
Acct. Name:
East Africa Communication Association

Send any enquiries you may have on the conference to: eaca2019@aku.edu.

Key Dates

Abstract/Panel submission deadline: 30th April 2019

Notification of abstract acceptance: 3rd June 2019

Conference dates: 27th - 30th August 2019