Dear all,

These are exciting times at ComDev again! The spring semester with more than 100 students across all our courses is well underway and we are looking forward to our next teaching seminar in April where we will focus on participatory development with a group of Malmö and external colleagues!
As we publish this note, two students from the 2-year MA are on their way to Lebanon to work with ComDev professors Ronald Stade and Oscar Hemer on a project with the UNICEF country office-so there are many reasons why you should consider applying for ComDev-or returning as a graduate for the 2-year MA!

The spring application window for ComDev’s programs and courses is open from 15 March – 15 April and we are once again looking forward to receiving your application.

Our 1-year flagship online blended learning MA program

You will find all the details on the 1-year MA page.

Based on our initial experiences and the strong competition for spaces we strongly encourage you to submit a letter and strengthen your application!

The MA program is a 50% full-time course taught in our online blended learning ‘glocal classroom’ that we have pioneered, improved and enhanced for more than 15 years! ComDev program coordinator Tobias Denskus recently introduced the ‘Glocal Classroom’ in the context of the university’s internationalisation efforts.

You can also read what graduates from the course have said about ComDev. We just uploaded three more profiles in connection with the ComDev experiences in the United Nations system and a portrait of one of our pioneering graduates from 2002!

The 2-year MA course package to study 60 more ComDev credits

For those of you who already completed 60 ComDev credits, the 2-year MA is now an easy-to-apply-to course package and you will find all the details on the 2-year MA page.

Advances in ComDev free-standing  15 credit course

And finally, our Advances in Communication for Development: Social Action, Planning and Evaluation course will be available again in the autumn. The course is part of the 2-year MA, but it can also be taken separately as part of your on-going professional development or a great way to get to know ComDev better!

Please note that all applications have to be made through Sweden’s central university admissions website and that we only evaluate the letters of intent and not other parts of your application. University admission should always be your first point of contact regarding application matters, including formal qualifications or language requirements.
However, our colleagues at Malmö University admissions (admissions(at)mah.se) and our course administrator Åsa Ulemark can be contacted for technical questions regarding your application as well – and you can also get in touch with the ComDev team at comdev(at)mah.se – just allow a few days for replying individually during this busy period of the semester.

We are looking forward to your applications and welcoming you to Malmö in September 2017!

Tobias Denskus & the ComDev team

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We always like to hear from our graduates about their ComDev study experience. We recently talked to three graduates with a connection to the UN system; this time, out student assistant Yahneake Sterling sat down with Rosita Ericsson, an alumna from the very first ComDev MA cohort!

My name is Rosita Ericsson and I graduated from the very first ComDev class 2000-2002, when the course was still in its pilot phase. Although the course has matured and the field of study developed since then it was already a one-of-a- kind experience which significantly changed my professional path. I had just moved from Sweden to Switzerland with my new baby (now a high school student with a punk attitude) and my hope was that ComDev would add an international touch to my CV and provide an entry point to the rich international development opportunities that Geneva offers.

At first, ComDev was a real culture shock. I arrived from one of the oldest, most traditional universities in Sweden, and a field of study (political science) where staying within the boundaries of the disciplinary discourse seemed more important than the actual analysis. At ComDev we were just instructed to be creative and explore new ways of thinking – all very confusing to me. But as I started navigating through the constantly evolving field of communication for development I began to feel that I had maybe found my thing. I had previously worked as a newspaper journalist and took an interest in the role of mass media in social change. For my thesis I brought my then toddler to Senegal and Burkina Faso for a study on children’s participation in a regional radio campaign on children’s rights. My local supervisor at Plan International’s West Africa Office cleverly used the results of my research to fundraise for new media projects and I got a series of consultancy contracts for Plan to work on enhancing children’s participation in conception, production and monitoring and evaluation of media initiatives.

This was the entry point I needed. I got a job as a project officer at a Geneva based NGO and became involved in the preparations of the first World Summit on the Information Society, to help ensure a substantial participation of journalists from the global South. Having the ComDev perspective also proved to be highly useful when I later moved to Vietnam to work within the technical assistance team for a Sida-funded programme at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
I realised two things: First, that governmental agencies for international cooperation not necessarily had any expertise or even understanding about communication for development and, secondly, that Vietnam had nothing remotely resembling the social movements and grassroots’ organisations in Latin America and Africa, which we had discussed and studied in Malmö. But to me, ComDev is most of all an attitude: my studies had given me methodologies and ways of approaching development objectives that definitively helped me – and made our projects better.

The ComDev course opened the door to some very enriching experiences and has played an important role in my professional life. For several years I kept in close touch with several of the other students from my class, and with the course itself as a supervisor for later students in their thesis projects. I am now working in a more traditional communications position for a human rights organisation. Even if it’s further away from the field of study, I still have my ComDev attitude, helping me to keep our projects firmly grounded in local priorities and perspectives!

If you are interested in applying for one of our programs our courses, e.g. the flagship two-year part-time online blended learning MA, our free-standingAdvances in ComDev‘ course or add a second year of studies to your completed one-year MA, there is plenty of information on the ComDev portal!

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The faculties of Culture and Society (KS) and Education and Society (LS) have a launched a joint research project entitled, Conviviality at the Crossroads, as part of the university’s strategic transition to full research university in 2018.

Professor Oscar Hemer will lead the project which will bring together academic researchers, artists and other practitioners with shared interests not only in societal challenge but also in transgressing genre boundaries and exploring new methodological approaches.

This new project can be seen as a continuation of the Transit Europe project that was carried out 2015-2016 which put the ‘refugee crisis’ in Europe in a global perspective. The imminent societal challenge this network aims to address is “the combined roots and responses to these crises: the manifestations of identity politics and xenophobia in a world increasingly characterised by the flexible mobility of people, ideas, images and things.”

The network which includes Professor Maja Povrzanovic Frykman and PhD students Ioanna Tsoni and Erliza Lopez Pedersen (pictured below) aims to investigate and understand the visions in circulation as well as the communicative processes through which these new imaginaries are articulated, and the way some of them attempt to echo and reflect into politics (formal and informal). It brings together researchers and practitioners to explore both top-down and bottom-up visions – which may challenge what has been so far understood as the “core central values of Europe”.

To the extent that the so called ‘European values’ treasure participation and inclusiveness, and need to contest an increasing polarization liable to lead to massive social exclusions, a major challenge is to find ways to engage in “cross-cutting communication” where people with very different backgrounds are able to engage in meaningful public dialogue, from where  “convivial” understandings of the space we share as Europe, or Europes in the plural, may emerge.

The principal aim with the multidisciplinary network is three-fold:

  • to explore conceptual tools to analyse and understand the challenges being faced
  • to experiment with innovative methodological approaches that straddle art and the academia – Cultural Studies, Urban Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Philosophy, Media- and Communication Studies, Pedagogy, Creative Writing, in combination with artistic interventions in public space
  • to propose strategic interventions

Among the ideas and concepts that will be investigated are conviviality, cosmopolitanism and creolization.

Activities will consist of a series of seminars/workshops from May 2017 to January 2018 in Malmö and Berlin. The concluding event will be a conference, aiming at producing a publication, and outlining one or more research proposals. The aim is to coordinate the seminars and workshops with PhD seminars and/or with activities in other academic networks.

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Contemporary storytelling from Nigeria with ComDev visiting lecturer Eromo Egbejule

by Tobias Denskus March 7, 2017 ComDev lectures

Rotate the Cube… … the art of unconventional storytelling The key to crisis reporting is to ‘rotate the cube,’ Nigerian writer and journalist Eromo Egbejule shared during his ComDev lecture on February 23. Egbejule who was at Malmö University as a visiting lecturer during February was presenting on the topic: Crisis and Culture: Storytelling in […]

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New book! Methodological Reflections on Researching Communication and Social Change

by Tobias Denskus January 24, 2017 Uncategorized

A new book, Methodological Reflections on Researching Communication and Social Change, edited by Örecomm colleagues Norbert Wildermuth and Teke Ngomba features new chapters by ComDev researchers, alumni of the program and many collaborators from Malmö and Roskilde University! The book expands the growing Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change series. Official synopsis: This book […]

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ComDev seminar at American University of Paris

by Tobias Denskus December 2, 2016 ComDev

ComDev seminar at American University of Paris brings together international group of students and teachers Hosted by Professor Tanya Elder of the American University in central Paris, the ComDev team was joined by more than 20 MA students at one of the largest Glocal Classroom teaching seminars outside the Öresund region from 10-12 November. Our […]

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New journal article on Places, Landscape and Production of Memory

by Tobias Denskus November 28, 2016 Uncategorized

City Symphony Malmö: the spatial politics of non-institutional memory New article coauthored by ComDev’s Anders Høg Hansen and Erling Björgvinsson (Interaction Design, formerly Malmö University, now at Gothenburg) published in the Journal Media Practice, explores the function of media in the creation of non-institutional memory and discusses the complexities of participatory and spatially distributed filmmaking […]

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Reflections & Recordings from Transit Europe-Mobility, Communication and Governance conference

by Tobias Denskus October 19, 2016 ComDev seminar

Organized in collaboration with Malmö Institute of Migration, Diversity and Welfare and SPIDER (Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions), Ørecomm Symposium on Mobility, Communication and Governance, took place on 22nd and 23rd September 2016 in Malmö, Sweden. The interdisciplinary symposium brought together a range of academics and professionals to discuss the current refugee situation […]

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Glocal Classroom Revisited – Storytelling and Social Change Leicester-Malmö

by Anders Hög Hansen October 14, 2016 ComDev seminar

The every day class room of ComDev is what we call the ‘Glocal Classroom’. The name is even on the door in our studio. However, there is a particular extended format which not only involves people online as well as in a teaching location in Malmö or somewhere else in the world (as e.g. Paris […]

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Apply for ComDev’s flagship MA program until 17 October!

by Tobias Denskus September 28, 2016 ComDev courses

Dear all, These are exciting times at ComDev! The autumn semester with almost 150 students across all our courses is well underway and we just concluded our Transit Europe symposium with more than 60 colleagues, students, alumni and friends of ComDev. As the spring application window for ComDev’s flagship 1-year MA opens from 15 September […]

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