Dear all,

These are exciting times at ComDev again! The autumn semester just kicked off with more than 150 students across all our courses and we just held our initial teaching seminar with a group of more than twenty students on site and many more online!

The autumn application window for ComDev’s MA program is open from 15 September – 16 October 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.

If you are interested in learning more about ComDev’s past, present & future you can also watch our program introduction seminar held at the beginning of the semester.

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 recent portrait of one of our pioneering graduates, Rosita Ericsson:

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.

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) 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) – just allow a few days for replying individually during the ongoing activities in the semester.

We are looking forward to your applications and welcoming you to Malmö in January 2018!

Tobias Denskus & the ComDev team


A two-day symposium at Malmö University 14-15 September 2017

Venue: Storm, Gäddan, Citadellsvägen 7

Resurging nationalism, identity politics and xenophobia are local responses, worldwide, to a planet increasingly characterised by the flexible mobility of people, ideas, images and things.

In the EU and Europe as well as in the United States since long taken-for-granted truths about the sustainability of democracy and its core values have in recent years been fundamentally challenged, through the electoral wins of populist politics appealing to unexpectedly large portions of the electorate. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has for example proudly envisioned the future of Hungary as an illiberal state.

The ongoing contest between democracy and authoritarianism unfolds on all levels of political and social contestation, from the global arena to very hands-on local and everyday activities.

A key to address the challenge of illiberalism in its many forms – religious fundamentalism, right-wing populism, radical identity politics – is finding forms for “cross-cutting communication”. Conviviality, as proposed by Paul Gilroy (2004) provides a vocabulary to speak without referring to fixed categories of ethnicity etc., from where convivial understandings of the space we share, locally and globally, may emerge.

The two-day symposium is a joint arrangement by the research networks Demokraft and Conviviality at the Crossroads at Malmö University.

Keynote speakers

Alex Dukalskis, Assistant Professor, University College Dublin

Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Professor, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen

Magdalena Nowicka, Professor, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin

Raymond Taras, Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans


Kerry Bystrom, Professor, Bard College, Berlin

Rebecka Lettevall, Dean, Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University


Thursday 14 September

13.00-13.15 Welcome. Introduction to the symposium by network coordinators Oscar Hemer and Bo Petersson
13.15-14.15 Raymond Taras: The Virtue of Hospitality and the Horror of Wasted Lives: Fated to Illiberalism?
14.30-15.30 Magdalena Nowicka: Troubled with-ness: on promises of conviviality research
15.30-16.00  Coffee
Book launch: In the Aftermath of Gezi : From social movement to social change? Eds. Oscar Hemer & Hans-Åke Persson.
Panel discussion with authors Oscar Hemer (chair), Spyros Sofos and Thomas Tufte.
Discussants: Umut Özkirimli and Pinar Dinc, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Lund University
17.00-  Reception

Friday 15 September

12.00-13.00  Lunch at Niagara restaurant
13.15-14.15 Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez: Creolizing Europe: On transversal conviviality
14.30-15.30 Alex Dukalskis: What Autocracies Say, What they Hide, and Why it Matters
15.30-16.00 Coffee
16.00-16.45 Conviviality and Illiberalism. Concluding panel discussion with all keynote speakers. Discussants: Kerry Bystrom and Rebecka Lettevall


ComDev program coordinator Tobias Denskus and media and communication studies colleague Professor Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt will be participating in an exciting ICT4D event in Estonia in September!

Digitalising Development is a 2-day event with a practical IdeaLab and a critical conference space for discussing the opportunities and challenges of contemporary ICT4D issues:

Digitalising Development is a hands-on participative conference. The talks, panels and workshops will inspire and help the participants to figure out concrete solutions and the steps to reach them. We are creating a space for all stakeholders to dream together and to forge foundations for partnerships for bringing these dreams into life.

If you are in the region-do join us for an great opportunity to discuss digital development in the unique context of Estonian digital society and economy which is outlined in The benefits and risks of digitalization in development.


Course start guide autumn semester & summer break

by Tobias Denskus June 21, 2017 Comdev News

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 […]

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Home at the Crossroads-Imagining the City by artistic and academic means, 7 June

by Tobias Denskus May 30, 2017 Uncategorized

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 […]

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ComDev teaching seminar focuses on participatory development

by Tobias Denskus April 24, 2017 ComDev lectures

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 […]

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No Lost Generation-ComDev students conduct fieldwork in Lebanon

by Tobias Denskus April 11, 2017 Alumni

Between the 19–26 March two second-year ComDev MA students, Abigail Leffler and Yee-Yin Yap, accompanied by the course coordinator Oscar Hemer, visited Beirut, Lebanon. The goal of the trip was to acquaint themselves with the socio-political climate of the country, and conduct interviews for their theses projects in connection with UNICEF  Lebanon’s refugee strategy, No […]

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ComDev alumni interviews: A career-defining experience

by Tobias Denskus April 5, 2017 Alumni

In 2009, I embarked on the ComDev program at Malmö University, after chancing upon it on the Swedish University Admissions portal. It was a huge leap of faith for me, as I had absolutely no prior knowledge about ComDev as a discipline, and especially what it offered as a career trajectory. But, it has proved […]

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Erasmus+ E-skills for jobs seminar Latvia

by Tobias Denskus March 30, 2017 Uncategorized

On invitation of the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR), ComDev’s Tobias Denskus attended a transnational thematic seminar on “Erasmus+ developing e-skills for jobs” hosted by the Latvian State Education Development Agency in Riga. Discussing with more than 50 participants, mainly from the Latvian high school and education sector, Tobias spoke about “Communicating development & […]

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Apply for ComDev’s flagship MA program & courses until 15 April!

by Tobias Denskus March 20, 2017 Comdev News

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 […]

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