Best Student Paper Award for #AoIR2022

The 2022 AoIR Student Paper Award has been awarded to Vincent Obia for his paper, “Matrix of Dependence, Postcolonialism, and Social Media Regulation in an African Context.”

The paper was highlighted for its focus on the very important topic of digital media regulation but also for its clear-eyed application of a postcolonial lens. It emphasises the importance of situating policy analysis and policy itself in its domestic context but also the importance of understanding that context as bound within flows of dependency, domination, and autonomy.

You will be able to hear Vincent’s paper in Dublin, Thursday, 3 Nov 2022: 09:00am – 10:30am.

Congratulations also go to Alaina George and Nicholet Deschine Parkhurst whose paper, “Infrastructures of Care in NDN Spaces: Mutual Aid as a Form of Radical Relationality,” was Highly Commended.

Their paper not only does the important work of showcasing Indigenous modes of knowing but does that within a wider intersectional feminist approach, offering the kind of radical decentring of colonial thought that is so vital to developing a just research agenda.

You will be able to hear Alaina and Nicholet’s paper in Dublin, Thursday, 3 Nov 2022: 3:30pm – 5:00pm.

We congratulate Vincent, Alaina, and Nicholet! Be sure to check out their papers at the conference.