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South Asia Communication Interest Group

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Join us to establish the AEJMC South Asia Communication Interest Group (SACIG). Read below for your opportunity to support.

We also present our plans for SACIG.

We need at least 350 signatures (from people with active AEJMC memberships) to petition for the AEJMC South Asia Communication Interest Group (SACIG). If you agree with our mission statement (see below), we invite you to support this cause.
Feel free to email at SACommunicationAssociation@gmail.com for any queries or suggestions. Our deadline is October 15, 2017, so we appreciate your swift support. Thank you so much for your support.

MISSION STATEMENT

The AEJMC South Asia Communication Interest Group (SACIG) unites teachers, scholars, researchers and professionals in examining the media and communication practices of the nine-country region of South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and the South Asian diaspora worldwide. SACIG members may constitute people from any of these nine nations or any other nation with a South Asian diaspora. SACIG seeks to make South Asia more understandable for people in higher education and beyond.

Interest Group Rationale and Objectives

With over one-fourth of the world’s population, South Asia has emerged as an important region for politics, international security, health communication, culture, media and other relevant issues across the repertoire of our field. Our efforts to form the AEJMC South Asia Communication Interest Group began as the AEJMC South Asia Initiative, which was constituted at the AEJMC 2015 conference in San Francisco. Not all of the work conducted by our members fits within international communication (especially work on diasporas or immigrants) or minority communication (the social status of South Asians is different from other historically marginalized populations). Further, the number of people of South Asian origin now populating communication, media, and journalism departments, taking leadership within organizations and on editorial boards signifies the importance of this particular group within the context of the communication and media fields. This group would also help AEJMC attract interest from professional communicators working in and with South Asian markets, governments and publics. As compared to other professional scholarly organizations, AEJMC is not as well known to practitioners and researchers in South Asian countries. Having an Interest Group with this specific focus would help bolster the reputation of AEJMC within these countries. 

The AEJMC South Asia Communication Interest Group seeks to:

1. bring together people with interest and expertise in the nine-country region of South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and the South Asian diaspora worldwide.

2. foster research activities relating to the nine-country region of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora worldwide;

3. promote grant opportunities for media scholars to conduct research relating to South Asia and the South Asian diaspora worldwide;

4. identify international opportunities for scholars in South Asia  and for other scholars with expertise in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora worldwide

5. liaise with communication professionals, NGOs and other agencies interested in media practices in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora worldwide;

6. demonstrate, through teaching initiatives and research sessions, the role and relevance of media and communication in South Asia and and the South Asian diaspora worldwide.

7. advance excellence in media and journalism in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora worldwide

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