The IAMCR conference unraveled an exciting world of media and communication research. One could not have a better glance at this than in a conference of a global scale, hosted in our very own grounds in Durban, KZN. The conference was a complete learning curve for an emerging scholar like me, attending an event like this for the very first time. The conference had a balanced vibe between the social and formal programmes. Together with other postgrad students from across the globe, I definitely enjoyed sharing my nightmares, my joys and jubilation about my current MA research. It really was great seeing that I am not on a lonely path as far as my research is concerned. In a sense, I came to a conclusion that the MA syndrome is a global phenomenon which has its ups and downs.
I have learned a lot from the conference, ranging from building up good research coupled with a good presentation. The conference has been an eye opener in many ways, apart from the presentation of papers, I also learned that an enormous amount of work is involved in preparing for a conference of a global scale and the logistics involved. After attending a number of sessions in the Emerging Scholar Network, I definitely must say that I am really proud of my student colleagues who presented their papers. They were pitched at a high global standard and the papers received great reviews and comments from the respondent and audience members. A huge Big Up to Kgali, Aneesa and Sylvia for flying the flag. As for me, I am sure I certainly made a good chair. 🙂
Attending the conference would have been impossible without help from the Faculty of Humanities, the School of Literature and Language Studies and the Department of Media Studies. I definitely would like to express my gratitude to Dr Willems, for seeing to it that our attendance became a success regardless of the challenges posed by funding. Special thanks to Ms Delia Rossouw, the School Admin Manager for her relentless hard work and effort, making sure that our documents and funds were processed. Lastly, a special thanks needs to be made to Professor Judith Inggs – words cannot describe the enormous care and support that she’s given to us. The same goes to Professor Eric Worby and the Wits University Financial Aid office for their assistance with traveling grants.
2013, it’s Dublin, Ireland. Looking forward to it. It will be another great week of critical scholarly engagement and great scholarly interactions.
Themba Mnguni is a MA student in Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.