Next week it’s time to kick off the semester and we are happy to welcome so many new students to the programme! This autumn will start of with a course in media, globalisation and development where students will study globalisation and its impact on society. For this course the new students will be joined by our students starting their second semester.
We also welcome back the second year students who will spend this semester emerge themselves in the study of new media, ICT and development followed by a course in research methodology.
We are excited to start our new course in Advances in Communication for Development where 40 students will enhance their skills and deepen their knowledge around the use of strategic media and communication interventions used in international development cooperation.
If you can’t wait for next week to come, here are a few tips for you to check out over the weekend:
The Glocal Classroom
Is a ComDev project where we work with four universities on four continents to build a global platform for collaboration and interchange in web-based learning. It started in Stellenbosch, South Africa in March 2014, before continuing in Guelph, Canada, in May 2014. In September the Glocal Classroom will come to Malmö, Sweden and the project will conclude at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, in November. Be sure to visit the blog for updates on the seminars, interviews with participants on the project and other news!
Ørecomm Centre for Glocal Change
Is a cross-border centre run by researchers from Malmö University and Roskilde University aiming at establishing a transnational centre of excellence in the field of ComDev research. Ørecomm is the organiser of the annual Ørecomm Festival, which this year is titled Voice&Matter. ComDev staff is an active part of Ørecomm and in 2014/2015 engaged in the Critical Perspectives project.
Voice&Matter (Ørecomm Festival)
This year’s festival is a mixture of academic conference and cultural festival, open to anyone with an interest in the relationship between media, communication and social change. This year the festival is joining forces with Roskilde University’s biannual scientific conference, Sunrise.
The festival is also the first seminar of the semester for the ComDev students and amongst the speakers are Faye Ginsburg, Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Sheela Patel. It’s a great opportunity to meet your fellow students and network with academics in the field, so if you live in the Malmö/Copenhagen area we recommend you to attend the festival in person. Full programme and more about the speakers can be found here.
Glocal Times: the ComDev Open Journal
In 2005 we established Glocal Times, an indispensable digital reference and a vid forum for the discussion and dissemination of issues concerning communication for development and social change. We frequently publish alumni articles and we encourage our graduates to submit articles based on their degree projects for publication. The latest issue was published in June 2014 and engages with communication for development from a threefold perspective: as a field of study, as professional practice and as an institutional project.
Aidnography-Eclectic mix of reflections on development, communication, anthropology and academia
ComDev’s Tobias Denskus regularly blogs as aidnography; regular reviews of interesting digital content and book reviews are complemented by reflections on the aid industry, for example onvolunteering, the ‘corporatisation’ of aid, the globalisation of SWEDOW-sending Stuff We Don’t Want to ‘poor people‘ and much more.
Your ComDev Studies
To find out more about your lecturers for the coming years, visit the Staff section on the Portal and be sure to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Looking forward meeting all of you in the course of next week!
ComDev students and lecturers at the Ørecomm Festival in September 2013.