Dear all!

If you are a new MA student, a returning student for your second year of part-time or full-time MA studies or a student on our free-standing Advances in ComDev course, our course start guide has all the information you need to prepare for the new semester!

From late June until early August the ComDev team will be on a well-deserved break and we are looking forward to meeting many of you after 28 August when the new semester kicks-off!

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Open Seminar in collaboration between Freeman’s and the Conviviality at the Crossroads network at Malmö University

7 June 2017, 13.00 – 18.00
Venue: Auditorium B2, Niagara building, ground floor, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö

13.00 – 13.15                 Welcome

Rebecka Lettevall, Dean of Malmö University’s Faculty of Culture and Society, Oscar Hemer, coordinator of theConviviality at the Crossroads network, and John Freeman, editor of Freeman’s

13.15 – 14.45            Freeman’s Home

Presentations and conversations

Rabih Alameddine

Kerri Arsenault

John Freeman

14.45 – 15 .00          Coffee break

15.00 – 15.30           Liz Faier: Between Dissonance and Harmony. A City Composed

15.30 – 16.30           Erling Björgvinsson & Ida Börjel: Fabulous Malmhattan

16.45 – 17.15            Oscar Hemer: Excerpts from The World Waltz.

17.15 -18.00              Writing at the Crossroads. Panel discussion.
Moderator & discussant: Anders Høg Hansen, Malmö University

About the speakers:

Rabih Alameddine is a Lebanese-American writer. He left Lebanon at the age of 17, for England and, later, the USA. He started his career as an engineer, before moving to art and literature. He has to date published five novels and one collection of short stories and won several literary awards, including the Guggenheim fellowship in 2002. His novel An Unnecessary Woman (2014), was awarded the Prix Femina Etranger in 2016. His most recent novel is The Angel of History (2016). Alameddine divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut.

Kerri Arsenault writes for LitHub and her work has appeared in various publications including Kirkus Reviews, and Freeman’s. She received an MFA from The New School in Creative Writing and attended Malmo University’s Communication for Development Programme. She is currently working on a narrative nonfiction book about her home state of Maine (Picador, 2019).

Erling Björgvinsson is Professor of Design at the Academy of Design and Crafts, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg. A central topic of his research is participatory politics in design and art, in particular in relation to urban spaces and the interaction between public institutions and citizens. He currently heads the art- and design-led research project “City Fables” that focuses on the relationship between urban space, narratives and counter narratives. He has published in international design and art journals and anthologies.

Ida Börjel is a poet, currently living in Röstånga, Sweden. In her books of poetry, as well as in text/sound or art installations and performances, she has been enquiring into and trying to enact our contemporary, linguistic and societal conditions in relation to different forms of power, sovereignty and juridical systems. Working with the City Fables Group at Malmö University, she has been examining the ways that stories about sucessfull life in contemporary cities are negotiated, remediated and circulated. Ida Börjel is also a practicing translator.

Elizabeth Faier is an urban anthropologist who focuses on the ways people make sense and negotiate power, history, and identity within disjunctive social and physical spaces. Her research in Dubai examines how numerical concepts inform logics of space while new work in Malmö explores mobilities, infrastructure, and punctuations of place. She embraces alternative methodologies, genres, and writing possibilities within the ethnographic project.

John Freeman is the editor of the literary biannual Freeman’s and the author of two books of nonfiction, The Tyranny of Email (2011) and How to Read a Novelist (2012), as well as a forthcoming book of poems. He has assembled a collection of writing on inequality, Tales of Two Cities (2014), an anthology on New York City, to be followed by Tales of Two Americas, on the U.S. at large. The former editor of Granta, he lives in New York City and teaches at NYU. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages.

Oscar Hemer is a writer of fiction and nonfiction and Professor in Journalistic and Literary Creation at Malmö University. He holds a Dr. Philos degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Oslo, Norway. Among his latest works are the dissertation Fiction and Truth in Transition; Writing the present past in South Africa and Argentina (2012) and the novel Misiones (2014), which concluded his Argentina trilogy. He is currently exploring the crossroads of Literature and Anthropology in the World Waltz project and co-editing the collected works of Borges in Swedish.

Held on Friday, April 7 and Saturday April 8, ComDev’s teaching seminar for the core course Culture, Communication and Media Analysis offered students insights into both practical and theoretical aspects engaging with communication challenges in the field of international development.
Hosted at the Niagara Building in Malmö, the seminar brought together about 15 ComDev students on site and more than 30 online around the globe.

Anna Wachtmeister of Malmö University opened the seminar on Friday with a presentation on ‘Participatory processes within post-disaster housing,’ which captured her work in Haiti following the 2014 earthquake.
Her lecture was followed by the dynamic duo of Berndt Clavier and Asko Kauppinen both of Malmö University who explored  ‘Actor-Network Theory’ and introduced their research project on ‘Art & Governmentalization‘.
The first day ended with Linnaeus University’s Chris High’s presentation on ‘Understanding rural teachers’ practice in Malawi: Using participatory video and conceptual mapping in inductive research‘.

Saturday morning’s presentation from Malmö University’s Michael Krona on ‘Researching extremist propaganda – textual and visual analysis of ISIS media,’ was gripping and generated many questions from participants.

Finally, ComDev’s own Tobias Denskus brought the seminar to a close with an in-depth and interesting presentation on, ‘Aid worker voices and autobiographical writing of development-new avenues for research, teaching & communication.’

For ComDev student Paul May who travelled to Malmö from Germany, the presentation on participatory processes within post-disaster housing was captivating. “Anna’s talk on post-disaster housing in Haiti after the 2004 quake really stood out for me. It was refreshing to hear a candid account of the backstage dealings in disaster relief – that funding follows who parties with whom. Over the two days of seminars, I really appreciated the mix of practitioners and academics,” May said.

London-based student Patricia Whitehorne said of the seminar, “it was a rewarding and productive weekend. It was really valuable to interact with the speakers directly and being there in person means you can be much more engaged. The subjects covered were fascinating and gave an insight into first-hand experiences. And of course it was a great opportunity to meet staff and fellow students.”

Written by ComDev student assistant Yahneake Sterling who also contributed the photos.

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