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Organized as a collaborative event between ComDev,  the Malmö Institute of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) and the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER), the Transit Europe international conference explores the current refugee situation in the framework of media, communication and governance, in particular humanitarian technologies and communication.

Keynote speakers of include Silvio Waisbord (George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA),  Mirca Madianou (Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, UK) & more.
During the conference the Voice & Matter. Communication, Development and the Cultural Return anthology will be also be launched based on the Ørecomm conference in 2014.

Symposium Program

Thursday, 22 September 2016

15.00-15.15 Welcome address
Malmö University’s Vice-Chancellor Kerstin Tham + Ørecomm co-directors Oscar Hemer and Thomas Tufte
15.15-15.45  The “refugee crisis” and its multiple implications
Joaquín Arango, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
15.45-16.15 The stories we tell: How Diversity is Narrated and Community is Created in two Copenhagen Neighborhoods
Garbi Schmidt, Roskilde University
16.15-16.45   Discussion
(Chair: Maja Povrzanović Frykman. Discussant: Anna Lundberg, Malmö University)
17.00-17.40  Refugee Migration: Research and activism. Current and up-coming projects in and around Malmö
Joshka Wessels, Lund University, Laid Bouakaz, Malmö University (Chair: Anders Høg Hansen)
17.40-18.00 Book launch: Voice & Matter. Communication, Development and the Cultural Return
(eds. Oscar Hemer & Thomas Tufte, Nordicom)
 18.00  Reception 

Friday, 23 September 2016

9.15-10.00 Communication in the society of difference: Between pluralism and (dis)engagement
Silvio Waisbord, George Washington University
10.00-10.45 Discussion
(Chair: Oscar Hemer. Discussants: Kerry Bystrom, Bard College & Thomas Tufte, University of Leicester)
10.45-11.15 Coffee
11.15-12.00 UNICEF’s humanitarian programming in Europe. A communication perspective
Rafael Obregón, UNICEF, (Chair: Thomas Tufte. Discussant: Norbert Wildermuth, Roskilde University)
12.00-13.00     Lunch
Humanitarian Technologies. From ideals of participation to practices of governance in emergencies and disaster recovery
Mirca Madianou, Goldsmiths’ College, London
(Chair: Tobias Denskus, Malmö University. Discussant: Lisa Ann Richey, Roskilde University)
14.45-16.45 Parallel paper sessions.
NICOE11 (main lecture hall), NIC0502, NIC05 K3 Studio (5th floor by the ‘C’ elevator)A (NICOE11) Paper session (chair: Norbert Wildermuth, Roskilde University)

Liberal Media Intervention in Post-War Settings: Insights from the Epistemologies of the South. Sofia José Santos and Teresa Almeida Cravo, University of Coimbra

“News-you-can-use”: The role of dialogue in providing vital Information to refugees in Europe. Victoria Jack, Internews

The Refugee Crisis, Political Opportunities & Threats and Transnational Solidarity Organizations in Greece and Denmark. Maria Kousis, Hans-Jörg Trenz, Angelos Loukakis, Kostas Kanellopoulos, University of Crete, and Deniz Neriman Duru, University of Copenhagen

An analytics of civic agency and social media – the case of refugee volunteering. Julie Uldam and Anne Kaun, Roskilde University

B (NIC05 K3 Studio) Paper session (chair: Erliza López Pedersen)

The mediation of waiting: a case study on the experience of transit among Iraqi refugees in Jordan. Mirjam A. Twigt, University of Leicester

Migration and integration : technologies on the refugee route to Europe. Gita Zadnikar, Alma Mater Europaea, Ljubljana

Vectors of Europe: Boats, The Mediterranean Sea and Politics of Movement. Mahmoud Keshavarz and Eric Snodgrass, Malmö University

C (NIC0502) Workshop: Words of War (chair: Ronald Stade, Malmö University)

Politically Correct: The History of a Fighting Concept. Ronald Stade

Creative Intelligence and the Cold War: US Military Investments in Undisciplined Thought 1945-1965. Bregje van Eekelen, Erasmus University, Rotterdam

(Optional parallel session: Medea Talk with Marju Lauristin: What will we mean by privacy in the future? Auditorium B 1 http://medea.mah.se/event/medea-talks-marju-lauristin/)

Panel discussion with all speakers
(Rapporteur: Jo Tacchi, University of Loughborough. Moderator: Oscar Hemer)


voice_and_matter_communicationopment_and_the_cultural_return 1“The contributors to this anthology, who were all participants in the 2014 Voice & Matter conference, substantiate our arguments: the new momentum for ComDev in times of social media and social movements; the close interdependency of voice and matter; the renewed cultural impact in the form of an “ethnographic turn”; and, finally, an approach to the field as from and at the margins. Altogether, it is our conviction that the 17 chapters that follow are substantial contributions to a continuing articulation and re-definition of the theoretical foundation of Communication for Development.”

Oscar Hemer & Thomas Tufte “Introduction: Why Voice and Matter Matter”

The new book, available in print as well as digital open access from Nordicom, features contributions from ComDev staff members Oscar Hemer, Ronald Stade and Anders Hög-Hansen as well as many renowned academics in the field of communication, cultural and development studies.

“Drawing from the lived experiences of collectives and individuals who use media and communication to work toward emancipation and social justice, the chapters in this volume make important contributions to how we think about voice, power, technology, culture, and social change. Taking on the ­challenge of interrogating the development industries and their inability to detach from market forces and confront power inequities, this volume repositions the agency of subjects who use their own voices and their own media on their own terms – taking matters into their own hands.”

– Clemencia Rodríguez, Professor in Media Studies and Production, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA


New journal article on ritualized peace research conference spaces in Germany

by Tobias Denskus July 5, 2016 Uncategorized

From Social Movement to Ritualized Conference Spaces: The Evolution of Peace Research Professionalism in Germany is the title of ComDev’s Tobias Denskus‘ latest research article just published in the journal Peace & Change: The article employs anthropological ritual theory and the concepts of symbolism and liminality to provide a theoretical framework for analyzing ethnographic insights […]

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PhD Course on Refugee Migration, Communication and Governance in Malmö September 2016

by Tobias Denskus June 8, 2016 ComDev seminar

Preceding the Transit Europe symposium, ComDev will be involved in a joint specialization course within the research areas MUSA (Migration, Urbanisation and Societal Change) and NMOG (New Media, Public Spheres and Forms of Creation). The profound and lasting consequences of the so-called refugee crisis that shook Europe in 2015 call for academic analysis as well […]

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Open Comdev web seminar: Community Radio for Change

by Mikael Rundberg May 20, 2016 Uncategorized

Your browser does not support iframes. Live Tuesday, 24 May, 13:00 Swedish Time (11 AM UTC) and in Live Lecture for Comdev students With Anders Høg Hansen and Birgitte Jallov In what ways can community radio spark social change? This web seminar will cover the aspects of community radio, discuss why information matters and how the voices […]

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Oscar Hemer contributes to new book on anthropology and writing

by Tobias Denskus April 21, 2016 Comdev News

ComDev professor Oscar Hemer contributed a chapter to an new anthology “The Anthropologist as Writer: Genres and Contexts in the Twenty-First Century” which was just published by Berghahn books: “Writing is crucial to anthropology, but which genres are anthropologists expected to master in the 21st century? This book explores how anthropological writing shapes the intellectual […]

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ComDev joins Flinders University’s innovative teaching event on ‘Timor-Leste: Challenges of a new state in the Asian century’

by Tobias Denskus April 14, 2016 ComDev staff

In a continuation of previous collaboration around the ‘Glocal Classroom‘, ComDev’s teaching team, led by Mikael Rundberg in Adelaide as well as Ronald Stade and Oscar Hemer in Malmö will be co-facilitating a 4-day Intensive teaching module using educational ICTs to bring on-campus and distance students together in a ‘blended classroom’. The event is organized […]

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Inaugural issue of Conflict and Society journal

by Tobias Denskus March 17, 2016 Comdev News

Organized violence—war, armed revolt, genocide, lynching, targeted killings, torture, routine discrimination, terrorism, trauma, and suffering—is a daily reality for some, while for others it is a sound bite or a news clip seen in passing and easily forgotten. Rigorous scholarly research of the social and cultural conditions of organized violence, its genesis, dynamic, and impact, […]

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Apply for ComDev’s autumn 2016 courses from 15 March-15 April!

by Tobias Denskus March 15, 2016 Alumni

Dear all, These are exciting times at ComDev! As the spring application window for ComDev programs and courses opens from 15 March – 15 April we have great educational opportunities lined up for you! First, the second round to apply to our flagship two-year part-time MA in Communication for Development is now open! You can […]

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