Timor-Leste – Challenges of a New State in the Asian Century’ 

The Flinders University contribution to the Glocal Classroom takes the form of an academic topic/seminar on Timor-Leste.  This is a young state, geographically close to Australia, and situated within a global context known as the Asian Century. See the full programme here: Flinders Glocal Classroom programme

The seminar will explore a range of issues affecting Timor-Leste, the youngest state in Asia, within a context of rapid economic growth and social transformation in the Asian region. Facilitated by presenters drawn from Flinders University and partner universities, you will learn about themes that cut across international relations and international development, including:

  • the developmental state and its role in shaping the nation;
  • the role of international development institutions;
  • political and economic relations between Timor-Leste and key states including Australia, Indonesia, China & USA;
  • Timor-Leste’s economy and reliance on oil resources in the context of contested maritime borders;
  • development issues in post-conflict situations (reconstruction of infrastructure, rapid population growth, reintegration of guerrilla fighters, under-employment, community tensions)

When and How?

The seminar is offered as a two-day summer intensive over 24-25 November 2014, to postgraduate students and interested upper level undergraduate students. Everything will be live-streamed globally, and will be interactive, as an experiment in ‘global education.’ On-campus and distance students, Flinders academics and international guest speakers will all participate in the Intensive in real time. Students will work through self-guided learning reading and learning exercises on FLO six weeks prior to the Intensive.

Students and other guests who wish to take part in some aspects of the seminar as guests will be able to do so via the Glocal Classroom LIVE page.

Please consider joining us in person or online!

More Information

For more information, look here.

You can also contact susanne.schech@flinders.edu.au if you want to know more about this exciting intensive.

For Teaching and Technical Staff at the Glocal Classroom Partner Universities

On 26 November, 9.30–12.30, directly following the two-day intensive, there will be a half-day workshop on the convergence pedagogy employed for the workshop. This will review the lessons learnt from the Glocal Classroom process,  and discussion on the way forward from there.

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Image-1-3On 5 November, ComDev’s Oscar Hemer launched the concluding novel of the Argentina trilogy, Misiones, which he has been working on since 1997. The official launch took place at K3, the School of Arts and Communication.

– It was with great joy that I returned to writing fiction after having spent a couple of year writing on my PhD dissertation Fiction and Truth in Transition : Writing the present past in South Africa and Argentina, Oscar said during the launch.

Alongside Misiones, the entire trilogy is launched as an e-book and can be purchased here.

“The Argentina – trilogy, focusing on Malmö and the Rio de la Plata, portrays a certain zeitgeist and mood of the time just before and after the turn of the century. It is a significant achievement, unprecedented in Swedish contemporary literature by both challenging the boundaries of the novel and in describing a small piece of Swedish contemporary history that have not been explored in literature before.”

From Thomas Hylland Eriksen’s afterword to Misiones

In Swedish:

misionesMED KARAKTERISTISK FÖRENING av lätt ironi och blodigt allvar knyter Oscar Hemer i Misiones samman de tematiska trådarna i sin Argentinatrilogi (Cosmos & Aska, 2000; Santiago, 2007).

Året är 2018, ett lågskaligt världskrig pågår med epicentrum i Centralasien, den interkontinentala flygtrafiken har upphört och flyktingar och lycksökare färdas återigen sjövägen från den gamla till den nya världen och från norra till södra halvklotet. Medan Europa sjunkit allt djupare i sin självbespeglande söndring så har Argentina brutit sin onda cirkel och ser ut att äntligen förverkliga sin enorma potential.

Cosmos och Aska, alias Ernst och Cenice, återförenas i Buenos Aires och ger sig ut på en resa för att finna sin försvunna dotter Elena. Till Argentina och närmare bestämt svenskbyn Oberá i provinsen Misiones, kommer också romanens berättare, på spåret av en fantastisk hemlighet.


Samtidigt med Misiones utkommer Argentinatrilogin som helhet i en volym som e‐bok. ISBN: 978-91-637-6845-3 (Epub) Recensionsexemplar av e‐boken kan rekvireras genom författaren: oscar.hemer@mah.se


square6In the first round of evaluations by the Swedish Board of Higher Education, the master’s programme in Communication for Development (ComDev) at Malmö University was one of the few education programmes that obtained the highest mark (very high quality). In recognition of this achievement, Malmö University was in 2013 granted a special “quality award” amounting to 300.000 SEK, to be used for quality enhancement and pedagogical development.

Since many recent changes had affected the ComDev programme after the evaluation – the introduction of fees for non-EU students, an immensely increased number of students and applicants, double intake and the subsequent end to former year batches, etc. – we decided that we wanted to make another evaluation. It was mainly envisioned as a self-evaluation of the status quo, with regard to the near future. But we also needed the critical view of someone external to, but familiar with, the programme, ideally a former student. Rebecca Bengtsson, who graduated in 2013, was enrolled as the manager of what was referred to as the Quality Project. The object was defined as the interrogation of two principal, intrinsically connected themes: 1) the possible extension of the one-year master to a two-year master and, subsequently, a PhD programme; 2) the strengthening of the links to the development industry, through internships, commissioned education and research.

The project was carried out in the autumn semester of 2013, with a mid-term retreat in Berlin in November 2013, which was combined with a regular ComDev seminar, in collaboration with ECLA Bard.

The following report gives a valuable overview of the ComDev programme, its form, content and context. It outlines challenges and recommendations about how to meet these challenges, both from a pedagogical and administrative perspective, thus providing a useful stepping stone for the continuous development of the School of Arts and Communication’s (K3) ComDev programme.

Download and read the full report here: Quality Project Report 2014.

Sara Bjärstop, Head of Department, K3

Oscar Hemer, Programme Coordinator, ComDev


ComDev alumnus Shahriar Khonsari exhibits photographs in Finland

by Rebecca Bengtsson October 24, 2014 Alumni

Last year, Shahriar Khonsari completed his MA in Communication for Development at Malmö University. ComDev’s Tobias Denskus took Shahriar’s current exhibition in Helsinki as an opportunity to catch up with him and the work he is doing on Afghan refugees in Iran.  Tell us a little bit about the background of your work.  – For the last ten years […]

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New ComDev Alumni group on Facebook!

by Rebecca Bengtsson October 24, 2014 Alumni

We’ve set up an official ComDev Alumni group on Facebook, feel free to join us on this link!  

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Call for Papers: #comunicambio 2015

by Rebecca Bengtsson October 1, 2014 Call for papers

Universitat Jaume I in Castellón, Spain, is organizing an international congress under the name #comunicambio on 20–22 May 2015. The congress targets research in communication for social change, and particularly the communicative trends of social movements that have been springing up in recent years. Ørecomm participant Thomas Tufte is one of the many interesting speakers that already have been confirmed for the event. Online submission […]

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Live from Voice and Matter – the Glocal Conference on Communication for Development

by Rebecca Bengtsson September 17, 2014 Uncategorized

Voice and Matter is the fourth annual Communication for Development event arranged by Ørecomm, this year merged with Roskilde University’s biannual scientific conference, Sunrise. The 4 day event is a mixture of academic conference and cultural festival, open to anyone with an interest in the relationship between media, communication and social change. Is gaining voice […]

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Welcome to ComDev!

by Rebecca Bengtsson August 25, 2014 ComDev

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 […]

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#voiceandmatter: 4 weeks to go!

by Rebecca Bengtsson August 15, 2014 ComDev lectures

This year’s Ørecomm Festival, Voice & Matter is drawing close – 17 to 20 September will be interesting days. With little more than four weeks to go, as many as 50 speakers from 20 different countries are confirmed. Almost 30 speakers have been accepted to present papers during the conference, and we are happy to announce that abstracts and bios now are […]

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New issue of Glocal Times

by Rebecca Bengtsson June 11, 2014 ComDev

Issue No. 20 of the Glocal Times can be read in full here. Nine months have passed since the publication of Issue No. 19 of Glocal Times, and in the meantime there has been plenty of activity within the field. To mention but a few examples: in November 2013, the Second Nordic Conference for Development […]

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