Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network <p>This is the official publication of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network. It is a journal run exclusively by, and&nbsp;featuring content solely from,&nbsp;postgraduate and early career researchers.</p> en-US (Michelle Lawrie) (Einar Thorsen) Tue, 17 Sep 2019 20:42:19 +0100 OJS 60 Introduction <p>In contrast to previous themed and conference-based issues of the journal, the papers in this&nbsp;standard issue are diverse in their exploration of themes and modes of enquiry. Their themes&nbsp;range from health communication to protest, and from queer narratives to search for home.&nbsp;Significantly, the papers engage with different forms, platforms, and means of mass media,&nbsp;communications, and culture, including community-based communication, forms of political&nbsp;communication, strategies of lobbying, and creative cultural resistance. At the same time, the&nbsp;research contexts of these authors are also varied, with case studies drawn from the EU, Israel, Kenya, and India. However, it is in the diverse nature of these papers that a unique standpoint is offered, bringing together global perspectives on culture, people, and organisations,&nbsp;and their complex interactions with and understandings of media and forms of communications.</p> Madhushala Senaratne, Olivia Gable ##submission.copyrightStatement## Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:20:14 +0100 Astroturf lobbying in the EU: The case of shale gas exploration <p>This paper seeks to shed light on astroturf lobbying, a strategy that recently invaded the European public. Its purpose is to simulate citizen support for a specific issue whilst keeping its identity secret. The public sphere is envisaged as a constellation of issues around which gravitate interest groups that try to influence the debate, and doing so by carefully frame their messages. In the case of the shale gas debate in the EU, the question that emerged is to see whether astroturf groups convey the economic frames used by the oil and gas companies they represent, or if they mobilised environmental frames such as shale gas opponents. Results show that the astroturf group mostly emphasized the safety of hydraulic fracturing and tried to counter the environmental frames of competing NGOs.</p> Brieuc Lits ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0100 Wall and Tower <p class="western" align="justify"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: 'Times new roman', serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">This article focuses on three artistic and activist practices in Israel in which notions of home and land are central concepts and working materials. It inhabits the symbolic field of re-constructing collective identities in relation to nationalism and its historical and biblical connections. It is about using language as a way to affix narratives until they seem as unmovable as facts or inherent beliefs. It is also about the use of language to challenge and reshape these fixed perceptions. </span></span></span><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: 'Times new roman', serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span lang="en-GB">It first presents case studies to discuss the nature of the tactics. Second, it offers a description of the context to which the case studies respond. My theoretical framework is derived from social and political sciences. It is also connected to Jewish literature and practices referencing characteristic of tactics. The last section is an analysis of the ways in which the case studies provides an alternative observation on the Israeli-Palestinian space.</span></span></span></span></p> Mor Cohen ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0100 Challenges of Communicating Cervical Cancer Screening Awareness and Uptake in Bungoma County, Kenya <p>There have been ongoing cervical cancer campaigns in Kenya, targeting cervical cancer awareness and the need to go for cervical cancer screening (National Cervical Cancer Prevention Program, 2012). However, data depicts that there is a low level of screening and uptake among the rural population (ICO Information Centre on HPV and Cancer, 2014). This study adopted a descriptive research design, taking on qualitative data methods of focus groups discussions and in depth interviews, with a purpose of finding out the communication challenges of cervical cancer screening awareness and uptake among rural women in Bungoma County, Kenya. The objectives of the study were to: find out the communication channels used during the campaigns; and to understand the challenges of communicating cervical cancer screening messages to rural women in Bungoma County. A total of 40 women were interviewed from the Mt. Elgon Constituency in Bungoman County. The data was analysed by using QSR-Nvivo. The findings of the research showed that the main communication channels of cervical cancer were media, health education, and road shows. The main communication challenges of cervical cancer screening and uptake were: lack of cervical cancer terminology; inadequate information on the communication channels; and fear among women. There were low levels of cervical cancer awareness and uptake among the participants. One of the recommendations was the need for educating media personalities and other key health informants on cervical cancer for increase in uptake of screening services.</p> Faith Kisiangani, Regina Gachari, Leah Jerop Komen ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0100 Anti-phobic in Words, Phobic in Deeds <div> <p>India’s international approach towards LGBTQ rights has been largely antagonistic. It has refrained from partaking in developments initiated at and by the United Nations to fight human rights violations suffered by queer people across the globe. However, it has lent its support to advocates of cultural sovereignty who have traditionally opposed LGBTQ rights on the grounds that it violates their religio-cultural values and that attempts to universalize human rights at the international level is steered by powerful states, primarily in the Global North, that are unwilling to recognize cultural sensibilities of traditional societies in the Global South. India has allied forces with advocates of cultural sovereignty on more than one occasion to counter hegemonic queer politics practiced by influential states but has done it without an explicit anti-queer rhetoric. This paper attempts to make sense of India’s political attitude towards LGBTQ rights and concerns at the United Nations and seeks to understand what it says about India’s global political image in the 21<sup>st </sup>century.</p> </div> Sohini Chatterjee ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0100 Book Review: Portals: A Treatise on Internet-Distributed Television <p>This book review analyses Amanda Lotz's work on the evolution of the television industry and the rise of streaming platforms, or 'portals', like Netflix.</p> Anne Sweet ##submission.copyrightStatement## Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:11:44 +0100 Book Review: Digital, Political, Radical Chrysi Dagoula ##submission.copyrightStatement## Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:15:07 +0100