Comdev News

Dear all,

We just enjoyed our first seminar in Malmö as more than 120 students across all our courses commenced their studies with us!

The autumn application window for ComDev’s MA program is open from 15 September – 15 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 the strong competition for spaces you should submit the application letter to 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 our Glocal Classroom in the context of Malmö University’s internationalisation efforts.

The Glocal Classroom was in action again recently at a very engaging teaching seminar in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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

Our colleagues at Malmö University admissions (admissions(at)mau.se) and our course administrator Åsa Ulemark can be contacted for technical questions regarding your application as well, but make sure that you checked the comprehensive information on University Admission’s site first.
You can also get in touch with the ComDev team at comdev(at)mau.se – just allow a few days for replying during a busy and active semester.

We are looking forward to your applications and welcoming you to Malmö in January 2019!

Tobias Denskus & the ComDev team

Our Communication for Development program is looking for a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor-equivalent) to join the team.
This is a full-time, permanent position and applications are accepted until 30 April 2018.

The full job specifications and details are available on Malmö University’s website.

So please do not hesitate to spread the word, submit an application or get in touch with us if you have further questions!

About the position
As a senior lecturer in Communication for Development you will be involved in independent teaching, course and programme management, supervision and examination of master’s theses, educational development work, research, and collaboration with external stakeholders, international research partners and the wider society. This specific position involves teaching primarily within the programme Communication for Development, an online master’s programme working with a global student group of around 100 students. As K3 is an interdisciplinary school, teaching within other programmes and courses may also occur.

Qualifications
In order to qualify for appointment as senior lecturer at Malmö university, the applicant must have

  • obtained a PhD in in a subject relevant to Communication for Development, for example Development Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Social Anthropology or Political Science
  • demonstrated teaching expertise through their ability to develop, conduct and manage education
  • demonstrated an ability to engage with wider society and communicate their activities within their area of responsibilityIn order to qualify for this specific position, the applicant must have:
  • documented competence in research-based teaching
  • a high level of proficiency to teach, research and communicate in English
  • documented experience of interdisciplinary research and teaching
  • documented experience of supervision and examination of degree projects in the interdisciplinary field of Communication for Development

The following qualifications are considered particular strengths:

  • experience in teaching and research on developing countries and the global South
  • experience of teaching in an online, blended teaching environment and virtual teamwork
  • knowledge of new media and/or visual communication theories and practices in the context of humanitarian or development communication in a historical as well as contemporary perspective
  • additional language proficiency, including Nordic languages

Selection criteria
Assessment of candidates is based on their degree of proficiency and ability with respect to the qualifications listed above. Scientific and pedagogical qualifications are the two main qualifications, and they are considered equally important in the assessment. All teaching staff at Malmö University are expected to have completed, or be about to undergo, training in higher education teaching and learning of at least 15 credits.

Contacts
Head of section Petra Ragnerstam, petra.ragnerstam@mau.se
For general employment and procedural questions, contact Anne Olsson, Human Resources: anne.olsson@mau.se

Malmö University kindly but firmly declines direct contact with recruiting and staffing agencies, as well as job advertising sellers.

Application
You apply through Malmö University’s recruitment system by clicking the button “ansök”. You have the responsibility that your application is complete according to the adverted position and your application must be received no later than date month 2018.
The application consists of the following elements:

  1. A complete résumé.
  2. Copies of relevant certificates.
  3. A statement on pedagogical philosophy and intent.
  4. A statement highlighting scientific, pedagogical and other activities of particular significance for the position.
  5. Copies of selected scientific and pedagogical works (up to five in each category).
  6. References

Your merits can be documented according to Malmö university’s Guidelines for documentation and assessment of qualifications. See also Malmö University appointment rules.

If the application includes physical material, send three identical sets of the supplementary physical material by mail, marked with reference number REK 2.2.1-2018/56 to, HR-department, Malmö universitet,
205 06 Malmö. If the physical material weighs more than 2 kg use the following address: HR-department, Matrosgatan 1, 211 18 Malmö, marked with reference number REK 2.2.1-2018/56.

Your application will be handled by our internal hiring board and also assessed by external experts.

Additional information
This is a permanent full-time position. starting at the earliest convenience or by agreement. A probationary period of 6 months may apply.
At Malmö University, individual salary negotiations apply.

Malmö University is a workplace characterised by an open and inclusive approach where equal treatment adds value to our activities

Starting date
Starting at the earliest convenience or by agreement

Union representatives
Saco-S, Rebecka Johansson, rebecka.johansson@mau.se
OFR, Martin Reissner, martin.reissner@mau.se

In their new book, The Global South Atlantic, editors Kerry Bystrom and Joseph Slaughter look at the South Atlantic as a site of globalized world politics:

“The Global South Atlantic traces literary exchanges and interlaced networks of communication and investment—financial, political, socio-cultural, libidinal—across and around the southern ocean. Bringing together scholars working in a range of languages, from Spanish to Arabic, the book shows the range of ways people, governments, political movements, social imaginaries, cultural artefacts, goods, and markets cross the South Atlantic, or sometimes fail to cross.”

ComDev’s Oscar Hemer contributed a chapter on the Falkland Islands’/Malvinas’ conflict to the volume which continues ComDev’s collaboration with Bard College in Berlin where Kerry Bystrom is a professor and Associate Dean. She also hosted a workshop of the Conviviality research network recently that Oscar Hemer coordinates.

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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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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ComDev alumni interviews: Keeping the ComDev attitude 15 years after graduation

by Tobias Denskus March 20, 2017 Alumni

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 […]

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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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Oscar Hemer contributes to new book on anthropology and writing

by Tobias Denskus April 21, 2016 Comdev News

ComDev professor Oscar Hemer contributed a chapter to an new anthology “The Anthropologist as Writer: Genres and Contexts in the Twenty-First Century” which was just published by Berghahn books: “Writing is crucial to anthropology, but which genres are anthropologists expected to master in the 21st century? This book explores how anthropological writing shapes the intellectual […]

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Inaugural issue of Conflict and Society journal

by Tobias Denskus March 17, 2016 Comdev News

Organized violence—war, armed revolt, genocide, lynching, targeted killings, torture, routine discrimination, terrorism, trauma, and suffering—is a daily reality for some, while for others it is a sound bite or a news clip seen in passing and easily forgotten. Rigorous scholarly research of the social and cultural conditions of organized violence, its genesis, dynamic, and impact, […]

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ComDev anniversary event-News & Updates

by Tobias Denskus August 14, 2015 Alumni

Our ComDev 15th anniversary seminar is nicely taking shape and we would like to take the opportunity of returning from our summer vacation to share some updates with you. Below is the draft program for the 1.5 days in September. Our post from before the summer break outlines the rationale behind the seminar with some […]

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