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Under the pedagogical leadership of ComDev’s Hugo Boothby and Anders Hög-Hansen as well as Caucasus StudiesKarina Vamling and in collaboration with colleagues from Flinders University in Adelaide and Tbilisi State University, the Boundaries and Identities in Contemporary Georgia event brought together more than 40 participants in the Georgian capital.

This joint teaching seminar and policy simulation exercise focused on the history and contemporary socio-political challenges of Georgia and brought together more than 30 students from the three universities. In addition to many regional academic experts staff members from the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM), the Foreign Ministry and local NGOs provided insights into the complexities, conflicts and cooperation that shape Georgia at the moment.

In preparation of the hands-on policy simulation led by Maryanne Kelton and Verity Kingsmill from Flinders University, ComDev student and film-maker Connor Ashleigh prepared teaching material near the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) between Georgia and South Ossetia which will be included in a short documentary that he is currently producing.

A field trip to an IDP settlement in Gori near the ABL provided first-hand experience and discussions with EUMM field staff, the local NGO Civil Forum as well as residents.

Karina Vamling shared some of her reflections in a recent post on the Caucasus Studies portal.

As part of the week-long visit, Rebecka Letteval, Dean of the KS faculty, also renewed the MOU between Malmö University and Tbilisi State University to ensure future collaborations.

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The ComDev team is very proud to announce that ComDev lecturer Anders Hög-Hansen successfully completed the process to be promoted as a Docent, an Associate Professor in Media- and Communication Studies at Malmö University!

Anders’ public lecture Mix Tape Memories. Art, Storytelling, and Development took place in October.

Congratulations, Anders!

A new book, co-edited by ComDev’s Oscar Hemer, analyzes recent developments in Turkey from a comparative global perspective. In the Aftermath of Gezi-From Social Movement to Social Change?
is the latest title in the Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change series:

This edited volume addresses various aspects of social and political development in Turkey and the latter’s role within a global context. Paradigmatically and theoretically, it is situated in the realm of communication and/for social change. The chapters thread together to present a fresh and innovative study that explores an array of issues related to the Gezi protests and their aftermath by scholars and activists from Scandinavia, Turkey and India. Through its thorough analysis of the government’s repressive policy and the communication strategies of resistance, during the protests as well as in the dramatic on-going aftermath, the volume has wide international and interdisciplinary appeal, suitable for those with an interest in globalization, communication and media, politics, and social change.

The book also includes contributions by ComDev professor Ronald Stade and PhD student Erliza Lopez-Pedersen.
This is another new title in the series with significant contributions from ComDev faculty and collaborators.

Apply for ComDev’s flagship MA program until 16 October!

by Tobias Denskus September 18, 2017 Uncategorized

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 […]

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Conviviality and Illiberalism symposium 14-15 September

by Tobias Denskus September 12, 2017 Uncategorized

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 […]

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Digitalising Development-IdeaLab & Conference Tallinn, Estonia 11-12 September

by Tobias Denskus August 31, 2017 ComDev staff

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 […]

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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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