WMH-NEWSLETTER-4Since 2013 the movement Women 100 (Hundred Years of Immigrant Women’s Life and Work in Malmö) has tried to make visible and recognize immigrant women’s life and work in Malmö.

The fourth newsletter (No 2 2015) is out now!
A collection that in hardcopy size resembles a small book (a pdf version is available). The newsletter reflects the continuation of exercises, conversations and methods aiming to visualize and unfold stories of immigrant women in Malmö. However, not as boxed and finished stories but as processes of participation and exchange.

Feminist Dialog initiated the project or movement, partnering with Malmö City, Malmö Museum, ABF Malmö (Workers’ Educational Organisation), The City Archive, researchers as Malmö University, and not least women networks, organisations and individuals. Seminars, lectures, exhibitions, and workshops with group conversations and thematic work around e.g. interviewing, archiving, cartoon storytelling, and Roma life in Malmö, have taken place the last 2 years.

Malmö University’s Erling Björgvinsson and Anders Høg Hansen have been involved from the beginning, as partners in development of methods, documentation and research on the movement – as part of the Living Archives project. Erling is now PARSE professor of design at University of Gothenburg, but still a researcher on Living Archives, while Anders is a teacher/coordinator on the MA in Communication for Development and involved in Living Archives and other research activities.

From a Communication for Development and Orecomm perspective the various forms of mediating old and new Malmö identities, complex and in process, have been exciting and challenging. How to let people articulate their hi/stories, and to make visible unwritten and unrepresented aspects of the city’s past and present? The movement embraces the historical and the contemporary and among several key ideas – as sought reflected in the newsletter’s documentation of activity – the aim has been to mobilize (living) archives as social resources and reservoirs where alternative people’s histories may pose new ways of living, working and being in Malmö.

Newsletter no 4 (No 2, 2015) edited by initiators Parvin Ardalan and Mamak Babak-Rad among others is a collection of articles, visual essays, and montages depicting different methods of participation, immigrant stories and engagement around life and work in the city: Read for example A Circular History on a Flat Wall which recounts a critical evaluation of a museum exhibition, To Say the Truth or Not, Which One is Important on feminist interview methods, or read a report on a cartoon workshop or on a dinner conversation between Latin American women of Malmö, The Seeds have Bloomed.

Read more about Women 100 and the Living Archives.


Dear ComDev students!

Thank you for choosing to study Communication for Development at Malmö University-and welcome (back) to our course!

We just updated the Course Start Guide Spring 2016 and you will find important information regarding registration for the programme and key dates for your course introductions. The course start guide provides with the most important information about starting your studies with ComDev or returning to them for another semester. You will find information regarding registration, our IT systems and a provisional literature list.

Online registration for the programme and your first course opens on 8 January 2016. You must complete online registration by 18 January 2016.

In the meantime, you are also welcome to connect with ComDev on social media and ‘like’ the ComDev page, follow us on Twitter.

Looking forward to meeting you soon!

Dr. Tobias Denskus (Senior Lecturer & MA programme Coordinator)

Mikael Rundberg (Interaction Designer & Lecturer)

Hugo Boothby (Lecturer & course responsible for CCMA)

Call for Participants
Analysing Media EthnographyExploring Ethnographic Inquiry and Analysis in Media and Communication Research

Nordic-Kenyan PhD seminar, 15 – 18 March 2016

Course Description

The PhD seminar is designed to give a hands-on approach to the analysis of ethnographic field material within media and communication studies. The course will provide an opportunity for PhD scholars to discuss their ethnographic fieldwork and to discuss how to make sense of the overwhelming wealth of material that is the result of ethnographic research. Kenyan and Scandinavian researchers will be lecturing on their fields of ethnographic research.

The course will contain a mix of lectures, paper presentations and group discussions based on the participants’ ethnographic research interests and written contributions.

This PhD seminar is targeted to PhD students who have conducted in-depth qualitative ethnographic fieldwork within media and communication studies, and who are about to begin – or already in the process of – analysing these data.

All PhD students will be expected to present papers on relevant aspects regarding the analysis of their own ethnographic research.

The seminar is co-organized by Moi University and the research project Critical Perspectives on New Media and Processes of Social Change in the Global South, and sponsored by the Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities.

Course Venue: Sego Safari Lodge, Eldoret, Kenya.

Course convenors:

Associate Professor Hilde Arntsen, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway

Senior Lecturer Dr. Abraham Mulwo, Moi University, Kenya

Professor Thomas Tufte, Roskilde University, Denmark


Senior Lecturer HOD Charles Ongondo, Moi University, Kenya

Senior Lecturer Dr. Abraham Mulwo, Moi University, Kenya

Professor Thomas Tufte, Roskilde University, Denmark

Associate Professor Hilde Arntsen, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway

Professor Eunice Karanja Kamaara, Moi University, Kenya (tbc)

Senior Lecturer Ylva Ekström, Uppsala University, Sweden

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Jessica Gustafsson, Aarhus University, Denmark

Senior Lecturer Tobias Denskus, Malmö University, Sweden

Requirements for Participation

Each PhD student will be required to present a paper of 10-12 pages related to their data analysis – conceptual framework, strategy, etc. in their current PhD projects. Furthermore, each PhD student will be asked to be an opponent on a paper submitted by one of his/her fellow participants. Throughout the course, the participants will be working in groups in collaboration with one or two of the course lecturers.

A course package of required readings will be compiled and circulated to the admitted participants approximately three weeks prior to the course. The participants are duly required to read the full package of scholarly texts before arrival to the course venue and to take an active part in discussing the texts.

ECTS value

Full course completion, a presentation of the submitted paper and fulfilment of other course assignments will entitle the participants to 5 ECTS. For full participation but without a submitted paper, participants will be entitled to 3 ECTS.

Course Application Procedure

Application for course participation is open to PhD students from East Africa and the Nordic countries. The application must contain a half page motivation letter, a two-page PhD project description and an abstract for the paper (emphasizing the analysis of the ethnographic research) to be presented during the course. A more elaborate template for the papers can be made available upon acceptance to the course.

Applications must be submitted via e-mail to all the three course convenors: abraham.mulwo(AT)gmail.com, Hilde.Arntsen@hioa.no and ttufte@ruc.dk

Registration Deadline

January 28, 2016. Applicants will be notified no later than February 5, 2016.

Deadline for handing in final paper is March 05, 2016.


There will be no course fee.

Accommodation and meals at the retreat (Sega Safari Lodge, 1.5 hours drive from Eldoret), local transportation from Eldoret to Sega Safari Lodge will be sponsored by the organizers.

Travel to/from Eldoret will be at participants’ own expense.

There will be a limited number of international travel stipends availability for Nordic PhD scholars, but based exclusively on expressed needs and when own PhD scholarships don’t support PhD seminars.

A detailed preliminary programme is available for download

Current affairs talk on Israel-Palestine with ComDev alumna Rebecca Bengtsson

by Tobias Denskus October 23, 2015 Uncategorized

The ComDev team took the opportunity to catch up with alumna and former staff member Rebecca Bengtsson, Communications Officer with the Temporary International Presence in Hebron. Tobias Denskus and about 20 students discussed the current situation in Israel and Palestine, including the challenges of C4D work in the context of an international observer mission, the […]

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Seminar on political expression, social media & citizen engagement with Marko Skoric (CityU HK), Thursday 8 October

by Tobias Denskus October 8, 2015 Uncategorized

Marko Skoric from City University Hong Kong will be joining ‪#‎comdev_live‬ on Thursday, 8 October. He will present his research on Political expression, exposure to disagreement, and opinion shielding on social media as predictors of citizen engagement We will be meeting from 2.30-4.00 (SWE time) in the Glocal Classroom teaching room (NC0502) and the seminar […]

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Apply for the Advances in C4D course!

by Tobias Denskus October 1, 2015 Uncategorized

Advances in Communication for Development (15 ECTS) Advances in Communication for Development: Social Action, Planning and Evaluation is a new ComDev course specifically tailored for Development and Communication professionals that we are now offering for the second time! Aimed at those who wish to enhance their skill-set and strengthen the academic foundations supporting their professional […]

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Women Making History Newsletter No. 1, 2015

by Tobias Denskus September 30, 2015 Comdev Projects

ComDev researcher Anders Hög-Hansen is part of the Living Archives project at Malmö University. Below is the project’s latest newsletter with an update from the ‘Women Making History’ project in which he was involved as well: The 100 Years of Immigrant Women’s Life and Work in Malmö bilingual newsletter No. 1 (2015) – made by […]

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Photo Essay on New Media and Heritage at House of Culture in Tanzania

by Anders Hög Hansen September 14, 2015 Uncategorized

ComDev researchers Anders Høg Hansen, Shani Omari and Ylva Ekström present their research project ‘The House of Culture. Tanzanian Youth and Social Engagement at the Intersection of Arts and New Media’ in a new photo essay. During 2012 and 2013, the early phase of setting up a new House of Culture, researchers Shani Omari, Ylva […]

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Apply for the MA in Communication for Development between 15 September and 15 October 2015!

by Tobias Denskus September 14, 2015 Uncategorized

MA in Communication for Development (60 ECTS) Communication for Development is an interdisciplinary field of study and practice, combining studies in culture, communication and development integrated with practical fieldwork. It explores the use of communication – both as a tool and as a way of articulating processes of social change – within the context of […]

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ComDev anniversary event-News & Updates

by Tobias Denskus August 14, 2015 Alumni

Our ComDev 15th anniversary seminar is nicely taking shape and we would like to take the opportunity of returning from our summer vacation to share some updates with you. Below is the draft program for the 1.5 days in September. Our post from before the summer break outlines the rationale behind the seminar with some […]

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