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    Electronic publication of the African Communication Review  is sponsored by the UNESCO Chair in Communication,
    currently held by Professor Ruth E. Teer-Tomaselli, University of KwaZulu-Natal. 
    The journal is published by St Augustine’s University, Tanzania.

    General editor:  Bernardin Mfumbusa

    Coordinating Editor: Robert A.White 


    Dear Prof. White,
    Congratulations! It is indeed very heartening to know that the journal, African Communication Research has been unveiled
    which will provide incisive understanding of the research in the area of communication and media in Africa.  Going through
    the contents of the initial issues, one cannot but hope that we will be able to find more affinity with the selection of issues and
    the trends analysed since there is lot in common between African and Asia and India in particular.
    We at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication have been engaged in researching and evaluating communication
    initiatives in the development sector since 60s. This Institute was set up with active consulation of Wilbur Schramm by the
    Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Nehru.
    It will be indeed very interesting to share some of our work with you since we have lately worked on the traditional media
    and scope of using it to promote issues of development and also another study which focuses on if Internet is posing a
    threat to the press industry in India.
    Best wishes,
    Gita Bamezai Ph.D.
    Professor and Head
    Department of Communication Research

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      Engraved Landscape Biesje Poort: Many Voices


        Mary E. Lange, Liana Müller Jansen, Roger C. Fisher, Keyan G. Tomaselli, 

      David Morris

    Published in 2013 by Tormentoso

    ISBN: 978-0-620-57982-7

    141 pages. 


    Engraved Landscape Biesje Poort: Many Voices tells two stories. It provides a valuable record of pre-historicand historic artifacts that would ordinarily be inaccessible to many South Africans. But more significantly it showcases new ways of doing research in a contested and fractured environment. Using a series of historic rock engravings as a springboard, the various contributors to the book- academics, communications experts, historians, architects, local ?Khomani residents- probe questions about the nature of heritage, about our differing cosmologies, and about our links to the land. These are inevitably subject to multiple interpretations and meanings, hence the multi-disciplinary team invited to participate in this important investigation of our heritage. –Melinda Silverman, Department of Architecture, FADA, University of Johannesburg.


    Like most brilliant and eye-catching coffee table books, this compilation straddles the tantalisingly academic and the pop(ular) in anthropology… Its scholarly sections are well researched and tightly articulated. They retain this quality without being dry and overly pedagogical, and hence accessible to a lay reader who just wants to glean useful information. I foresee this book, contributing to media anthropology, receiving critical appreciation. Descendants of the ‘First People’ participate as co-authors in the research- informants and people with their experiential and ontological perspectives. As producers of new contemporary realities in postcolonial South Africa, their voices include stories and myths surrounding the engravings, presented here in their own terms. As for the site, the researchers and informants are aware of the need to protect and preserve: the engravings that are the focus of this encounter are fragile. Research paradoxically may itself result in deterioration as people move over the rocks, but, here, awareness results in research actions and methods that try to ensure care and preservation. This is a heritage that requires informed interventions and use so that posterity may continue to enjoy the benefits of a valuable archaeological wealth.- Dr. Nhamo Mhiripiri, Department of Media and Society Studies, Midlands State University.   



    Foreword: Setting the Scene: what’s in a landscape?

    Keyan G. Tomaselli

    Reflections on Biesje Poort 2011

    Belinda N. Org

    Chapter 1: Past voices on the Biesje Poort rock engravings: “where, what, when and who?”

    Mary E. Lange

    Chapter 2: Reading the Biesje Poort landscape

    Liana Müller Jansen

    Chapter 3: Engaging absence of storyline, vagueness and ambiguity: towards an archaeology of rock art at Biesje Poort

    David Morris

    Chapter 4: The giraffe: engraved meanings

    Roger C. Fisher

    Chapter 5: Blurring the lines: Rethinking Indigeneity research at Biesje Poort

    Lauren Dyll-Myklebust

    Chapter 6: Participatory communication: a tool for social and heritage development

    Miliswa Magongo

    Chapter 7: Biesje Poort as a rock art resource: conservation and tourism

    Shanade Barnabas

    Chapter 8: An engagement with the land: translating the intangible into the spatial

    Tessa Toerien and  Lizet Verwoerd


    Go to the book’s official website for more details 



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    African Journal of Communication (ISSN 2227-7625)


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