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Dr Chika (Joe) Anyanwu
Biography/ BackgroundChika Anyanwu sees himself as a product of many worlds and an extension of contradiction, and came to share his diverse knowledge with the research culture of the University of Adelaide. Before arriving, he was the Coordinator of Mass Communications Degree at Curtin University of Technology in Perth. He previously taught at the University of Ibadan and at Usman Dan Fodio University (formerly the University of Sokoto) in Nigeria, and at the University of Papua New Guinea, where he established and headed the Media Arts program in the Faculty of Creative Arts. He migrated to Australia where he completed his PhD as well as taught in the Screen Studies Department at Flinders University. His research investigates how the media can synergise the dynamics of Western technology with the stability of Eastern traditions to create a sphere of an enriched, harmonious and all-embracing global village.
QualificationsBA (Hons) in Theatre Arts
MA in Television
PhD in Cinema
Teaching InterestsMedia Policy and Media Law
Research InterestsChika's research interests include: Virtual African Diaspora, Ageing and New Media Technology, African Cinema, Media Policy and Management, Developing World Media and Creative Industries.
Chika has received research grants from various sources, including the Australian Research Council, AUSAID, and the University of Adelaide, and in 2005, he was awarded a Leslie Humanities Visiting Research Fellowship to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He has been invited to give presentations at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Pomona College in Los Angeles, the Aarhus School of Business in Denmark and at the 15th International ISANA Conference among others, as well as being an active voice in local media.
Currently he is involved in three ongoing research projects. 'Creative Economy: Investigating South Australia's Creative Industries' is an ARC Linkage project which aims at generating rich data and analyses of South Australia's Creative Industries, allowing an understanding of the State's value networks, and for the State to be benchmarked against national and international counterparts.
The 'Virtual African Diaspora (VAD)' project is designed as a multi channelled communication strategy with the aim of embedding cultural relevance to technology as a way of stimulating participation and a sense of belonging among African children within the diaspora as well as in the homeland Africa. This is achieved by integrating traditional storytelling techniques in interactive new media products such as podcasting, Internet streaming, installations, games and other interactive media. Through such digital storytelling technique we intend to engage people in a new way of preserving their cultures, reminiscent of oral culture.
'Internet Connectivity Among Senior Citizens in Australia' evaluates how we can make a difference in bridging the digital divide between the nation's internet dependency and the quality of life of our unconnected senior citizens. The project looks for alternative ways to accommodate and address this technologically disenfranchised group.
Anyanwu C. (2004), 'Creativity and Innovation: Challenge to New Humanities' in Kenway, J., Bullen, E. and Simon, R. (Eds.) Arts Humanities and the Knowledge Economy Peter Lang Publishers NY
Anyanwu, J. C. (2002a) 'The Body in a Space and the Space of a Body: A Critical Look at Progress in the next Millennium' in David Buchbinder (Ed) Start Trek and Endgame Black Swan Press Perth
GOVERNMENT RESEARCH REPORTS
C. Anyanwu, MJ Sorell, P. Ramsey, R Chalmers, C Gobbett (2006) An Overview of New and Emerging Technologies: Fourth Quarterly Report 32 pages, 5 May 2006, published by the Office of Film and Literature Classification, (c) Commonwealth of Australia 2006.
C. Anyanwu, MJ Sorell, P. Ramsey, R Chalmers, C Gobbett (2006) An Overview of New and Emerging Technologies: Third Quarterly Report. 56 pages, 13 January 2006, published by the Office of Film and Literature Classification, (c) Commonwealth of Australia 2006. Includes technical description of transcoding from television to video on mobile phones.
C. Anyanwu, MJ Sorell, P. Ramsey, R Chalmers, C Gobbett (2005) An Overview of New and Emerging Technologies: Second Quarterly Report 38 pages, 30 September 2005, published by the Office of Film and Literature Classification, (c) Commonwealth of Australia 2005. Includes technical advice presented to the Classification Board concerning 'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas', resulting in the withdrawal of the classification decision for this computer game.
C Anyanwu, MJ Sorell, P Ramsey, R Chalmers (2005) An Overview of New and Emerging Technologies: First Quarterly Report 50 pages, 22 August 2005, published by the Office of Film and Literature Classification, (c) Commonwealth of Australia 2005. Includes definitions used in the Classification (Markings for Films and Computer Games) Determination 2005; and a ten-year projection presented to SCAG.
C. Anyanwu, MJ Sorell, P Ramsey, R Chalmers, (2005) An Overview of New and Emerging Technologies 133 pages, 4 March 2005, published by the Office of Film and Literature Classification, (c) Commonwealth of Australia 2005. Includes slide pack for Standing Committee of Attorneys General (SCAG), March 2005, and video presentation
Anyanwu C. (2005) Virtual mobilisation and Virtual African diaspora, Australian Journal of Communication Vol 32 (3) 2005 pp. 93-108
Anyanwu C. (2003) Myth and Realities of New Media Technology: Virtual Classroom Education Premise in Television and New Media, (Toby Miller, General Editor) SAGE Publications pp389-409
REFEREED CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS
Anyanwu, C. Ed. (2006) Empowerment, Creativity and Innovation: Challenging Media and Communication in the 21st Century Proceedings of the Australia and New Zealand Communication Association conference, the University of Adelaide ISBN 0-86396-837-6 (forthcoming)
Anyanwu, C. (2005a) Virtual African Citizenship and Social Mobilisation, Afrogeek: An International Conference Exploring Issues related to Race and Technology, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 19-21.
Anyanwu, C. (2005b) Virtual Citizenship and Diasporic Discourse, ANZCA 05: Communication at Work, University of Canterbury, Christ Church New Zealand, July 4-7
Anyanwu, C (2004a) 'Seniors' Internet Connectivity: A Nation Digitally Divided', Making a Difference: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2004, University of Sydney July 7-9 2004
Anyanwu, C (2004b) 'Virtual Africans and New Diasporic Discourse', International Association for Media and Communication Conference, Porto Alegre, Brazil, July 25-30 2004
Anyanwu, C (2004c) 'Challenges and Prospects of Internationalisation in Australia's G08 and Universities of Technology', 18th IDP Conference, Sydney Convention Centre Darling Harbour 5-8 Oct 2004
Professional AssociationsChika is the 2006/2007 President of the Australian and New Zealand Communciation Association (ANZCA)
Member, International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
Member, New Media Collaborative Group (with membership from Helpmann Academy, UniSA, Flinders, TAFESA, ANAT)
Member, OurMedia Community Activist Media (an international community media advocacy and research organisation)
Member, Black Caucus of Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Member, Convergent Communication Research Group (CCRG)
Community EngagementChika is on the Board of C31, Community Television Adelaide.
He is a member of the Media Studies Subject Advisory Committee and the Information Processing and Publishing Subject Advisory Committee of the Senior Secondary Advisory Board of South Australia (SSABSA)
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