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Top 6 Communication Conferences in South Africa 2020

South Africa is renowned for hosting academic conferences every year. Journalism and Mass Communication scholars in Africa and beyond have a vast range of academic conferences, workshops and summits they can attend in 2020 which will be coming up in South Africa. This is where they have opportunity to share evolving developments in media, journalism, mass communication education, among other interesting areas in today’s dynamic digital society. You should plan to be at any of these conferences scattered across the world. However, it is always good to have enough time to plan for such conferences.

Meanwhile, there are several amazing places to visit in South Africa While you’re there for an academic conference. You can take an extra day or two after the conference to explore the most remarkable one of the most remarkable countries in the world and find out why South Africa is so special and unique that it’s often called The World in One Country.

Here’s a list of conferences in journalism and mass communication that will take place in South Africa in 2020 which you still have time to prepare for. You will not have problems getting visa to travel for these conferences if you get invited by the organisers. Just read through their calls for papers and follow instructions thoroughly.

1). International Conference on Communication, Film and Media Sciences, November 05-06, 2020, in Cape Town, South Africa

International Conference on Communication, Film and Media Sciences aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Communication, Film and Media Sciences. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Communication, Film and Media Sciences.


2). Global Communication Association Durban Conference, Wed 10 – Fri 12 June, 2020, Durban University of Technology, South Africa.

Hosted by the Durban University of Technology and supported by the University of Kwasulu-Natal, Mangosuthu University of Technology and University of Zululand, the Global Communication Association invites you to submit your abstracts for the 16th annual convention to be held in Durban, South Africa from June 10-12, 2020. The GCA invites research papers exploring any aspect of issues related to the theme of the conference, including the following broad topics:

  • African media and communication methodologies, theories, and perspectives
  • Media and their impact on public opinion
  • The evolving modes of teaching and learning
  • New communication technologies, the Internet, and social media
  • Intercultural communication
  • News and information flow


3). Advertising Week Africa, 11-14 May, 2020, Venue, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Some lecturers think that they should attend only academic conferences where they present research papers and answer questions. This is a very wrong notion for any serious academic. Lecturers do not attend only conferences where they resent papers. They also attend gatherings that give them opportunity to mingle with experts in the industry to keep them abreast of emerging trends which they might need to update what they teach. One of such intellectual meeting between the ‘town and gown’ is Advertising Week, an event held across the world. It is coming to Africa for the first time and it promises to be very fruitful to communication scholars.

Coming to Africa Spring 2020 for the first time, Advertising Week Africa is Advertising Week’s sixth global edition held in Johannesburg, South Africa. #AWAfrica will bring industry professionals together throughout the African nation for a week of thoughtful conversations with leaders from the marketing, advertising, technology and creative spaces. During the week, expect wide ranging discuss on where we’ve been, where we’re going and what trends, challenges and opportunities are shaping today’s global industry. Advertising Week crosses the globe with events in New York, London, Tokyo, Mexico City, and Sydney.


4). CFP: African Women in Media 2020 Summit (AWiM2020), 29-31 July, 2020, Johannesburg, South Africa

African Women in Media (AWiM) fourth annual conference, aims to bring together media practitioners, researchers, policy makers and CSOs. Theme of this year’s conference is Reimagining Futures: Women in Media, Peace and Technologies. The Summit takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa on 29-31 July 2020. According to the conference website, ‘Re-imagining Futures’ reflects innovation in media industries, and the growing drive to change the narrative of Africa globally, particularly as African countries work towards achieving a dominant global position, and urgent objectives like Silencing the Guns by 2020, Free movement of people, and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Issues around movement, immigration, peace and security, and the lived experiences, roles and insights of women in media practitioners, policy makers, CSOs and researchers make the AWiM2020 Summit a timely focal point to bring these stakeholders together.


5). Social Media Week, 18th to 21st June, 2020. Venue, Durban, South Africa.

Social Media Week (SMW) is one of the world’s premier conferences and industry news platforms for professionals in media, marketing and technology. The mission for Social Media Week is to give these professionals at the intersection of media, marketing and technology the insights, ideas and opportunities that they need to advance themselves and their organisations, in a globally connected world.


6). Digital Marketing Conference (DigiMarCon) Africa, 14th to 15th October, 2020. Venue, Johannesburg, South Africa.

DigiMarCon Africa 2020 Digital Marketing Conference & Exhibition will be held from October 14th to 15th, 2020 at the luxurious Hyatt Regency in Johannesburg, South Africa. DigiMarCon Africa 2020 Conference showcases some of the most audacious and thought provoking speakers in the digital marketing industry, providing attendees with emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, best practices, and insights from successful digital marketing campaigns around the world. From building customer loyalty to increasing sales; improving lead generation to driving greater consumer engagement, the DigiMarCon Africa 2020 program has been specifically designed to help attendees develop their audience.


(If know of any communication conference in 2020 holding in Africa that is not on this list do let us know through the comment section. We will do our research and update this list).


About Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a writer with passion for cutting-edge news

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