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Voice and Matter is the fourth annual Communication for Development conference arranged by Ørecomm – Centre for Communication and Glocal Change, this year merged with Roskilde University’s biannual scientific conference, Sunrise.

The conference aims to explore the dynamic relationship – and possible convergence – between voice and matter in the context of communication for development theory and practice. Read the full Concept Note here.

When? 17-20 September 2014
Where?Roskilde University (Denmark) & Malmö University (Sweden)

We invite researchers, students, practitioners, authors, artists and filmmakers to submit abstracts on the following themes:

  • New Social Actors and ICT for Development. The technocentric concept of ICT4D raises questions on the power over and use of technology. Who are the new social actors and new social movements? How do they pursue their goals using ICTs? This session invites theoretical and empirical reflections, uncovering emerging perspectives on technology, voice and matter.
  • ICT4D Without ICT4G? As photos of all-male ICT4D conference panels and technology fairs dominated by men are circulated on social networks, questions about gender issues in ICT4D research and practice are more pressing than ever. This panel invites theoretical reflections and innovative case studies on gender, power and the future of ICT4D.
  • The Present and Future of Development Journalism International development journalism is exploring new avenues to connect with different audiences and to communicate social change. This panel highlights new innovative approaches as well as discussing the challenges and limitations in an age where ‘everybody is a broadcaster’.
  • Fiction Matters Recent decades have in many parts of the world brought new genres of fiction to critical acclaim. New authors engage with movement, migration and change in ways that are debated globally. This panel will explore fiction, that in new ways engage with the relation between the social and the global, and between voice and matter.
  • Histories of Diaspora Nation-states and national mentalities have shaped societies we live in through reductive classifications. New methods now move beyond this logic, allowing for improved understanding of the changing role of the state over time, and for new transcultural encounters. This panel explores methods in approaching the diaspora context in space and time.


  • Submission of abstracts are accepted until 23 May 2014, oo:oo (CET)
  • Accepted abstracts will be announced individually by 6 June 2014


  • Email your abstract to orecomm@gmail.com with the subject “Voice & Matter Abstract”
  • Number of words for abstracts: 200-300
  • Abstracts must include the presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal address.
  • Please name your abstract in the following way: name+surname_abstract

Practical information

Registration for the conference will open in the beginning of May. For more information and practical up-dates, please look here.


You are welcome to forward any questions to orecomm@gmail.com.

Please feel free to share this call for abstracts with colleagues, partners and friends.


Bild 07-04-14 kl. 09.29 #2Erliza Lopez Pedersen graduated from ComDev in June 2013 and in addition to her ComDev degree she has a Master of Arts in English. Erliza is the first doctoral candidate in Communication for Development at Malmö University.

– The ComDev programme is, in my opinion, in a league of its own. The seminars provide wide-ranging contemporary debates in development, culture, and media giving the students an avenue to choose which one is the most suitable and relevant to their interest. For me, the best part was having classmates from around the world, and this certainly created a dynamic, multi-diversified online class. It was a great learning experience to listen to different perspectives, and a fun challenge figuring out how to coordinate our schedule for our group work.

What did you write your Degree Project about? 

– It focused on culture and the problems surrounding the au pair programmes in Denmark. At that time, and it still is, a heated debate on whether or not the au pair programme was about cultural exchange or cheap labor. During my ethnographic inquiry, I found out that there were several factors contributing to the problems, however most of them were related to power differences between cultures and empowering one’s self was/is a necessary solution.

In what ways would you say that the ComDev programme has been beneficial for your career?

– Although it is a cliché, but being an immigrant woman, I had to invest in education to be able to compete with the young and well-educated locals. My Mass Communication education from the Philippines was not enough, so I had to really start from zero. Combined with my background in communication and social activism, ComDev was the perfect choice. When Malmö University announced the opening for a ComDev Doctoral Programme, I applied for it and my proposed project on media and social actors was selected. ComDev has in many ways empowered me academically to do something for immigrant communities, to constantly strive for social change both as an academic researcher and practitioner.

What is your doctoral research about?  

– It focuses on participation and empowerment through media. There is, presently, a web-based radio catering to the Filipino community in Europe, I will be studying the relation between civil societies and the radio network, how their combined efforts are affecting the communities to talk about the challenges we are facing as immigrants, as one example. The ComDev aspect of my research is on how communication, through radio programmes, empower the community to participate in debates and provide information that are necessary for policy changes both in the homeland and host country.

On Wednesday 9 April Erliza presented an introduction to her doctoral research. If you’re interested, you can watch the video here.

About ComDev
Communication for Development is one-year, online-based master’s programme running over two years part-time. The application window for ComDev is open until 15 April. For more information on how to apply, go to University Admissions.


Ørecomm – Centre for Communication and Glocal Change – invites local start-ups, social enterprises, organisations and decision makers in the Öresund region to discuss their ideas with global communication and development researchers.

The goal of the new GoComm project is to create a cross-border space for mutual learning, exchange and advice. GoComm looks beyond traditional development cooperation models and emerging markets and link academia to innovative ideas from the public and private sphere, including (social) entrepreneurs, start-up companies, volunteer efforts and new hybrid models of global engagement. By harnessing innovative new ideas, proven best practice and expertise from different sectors, GoComm aims at doing good well, translating initial networking into longer-term reflective interactions.

GoComm’s inaugural workshop will take place at Malmö University on 24 April 2014.

We would like to see you there!

 Read your full invitation and view the programme here

Warm regards,

/ The GoComm Team



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