The first seminar of 2012: Recap

by Jake Hunter on January 30, 2012

in Seminars

The first Comdev seminar of 2012 was held from Jan. 20th to the 21st and, as always, featured some engaging guest speakers covering a wide range of topics. The second day of the seminar was also held in conjunction with the Örecomm Open Seminar which featured Tomas Tufte from Roskilde University and Winston Mano from the University of Westminster in the UK. Both days were well attended by Comdev students with 20+ attending in person and more than double that online.
The first day began with Oscar Hemer presenting a brief introduction to the program for the new students which was followed by a short lecture on basic fundamentals of the field of Communication for Development and the various forms it takes.
The afternoon session featured Lisa Ann Richey from Roskilde University discussing her research on Product Red. She shared some very interesting insights on corporate social responsibility, ethical consumerism, and celebratory endorsement of aid. As always, her lecture was well received and set the stage for what was to come for the next day.
To begin the Saturday event, Florencia Enghel was on hand to talk about the course work and give a lecture about Communication and Development Cooperation.  After Florencia provided an introduction to the course work, she added to what Lisa had presented, discussing how the private sector is playing a role in development and giving some examples of how they are using their influence in questionable projects.
After lunch, Thomas Tufte gave an in-depth look at Communication for Development and Social Change highlighting History and Current Challenges. Following the previous two lectures, the role of the private sector in development was still on the minds of some students, which led to some insightful questions and comments from online.  Thomas also discussed the different forms which communication for development takes, along with various definitions.
Winston Mano capped off the two-day event with his unique perspective on Media and Development in the Digital Age.  He was able to draw on his experience from living in both Tanzania and Britain to give a well-rounded lecture.

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