ComDev seminar

comdevaupconorashleigh01ComDev seminar at American University of Paris brings together international group of students and teachers

Hosted by Professor Tanya Elder of the American University in central Paris, the ComDev team was joined by more than 20 MA students at one of the largest Glocal Classroom teaching seminars outside the Öresund region from 10-12 November. img_0588

Our ComDev team, led by the course responsible for the Media, Globalization and Development course Hugo Boothby and ComDev program coordinator Tobias Denskus, also met with the Swedish delegation to UNESCO and the local C4D network group before an intensive teaching seminar with inputs from five ComDev teachers and four AUP colleagues.

All in all a great opportunity to network with colleagues, students and the Communication for Development community!

We were also lucky that one of our students, Conor Ashleigh, is a freelance photographer and he kindly provided one of the photos for this post.

transit-europe01Organized in collaboration with Malmö Institute of Migration, Diversity and Welfare and SPIDER (Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions), Ørecomm Symposium on Mobility, Communication and Governance, took place on 22nd and 23rd September 2016 in Malmö, Sweden. The interdisciplinary symposium brought together a range of academics and professionals to discuss the current refugee situation in the framework of media, communication and governance.

The Keynote speakers, including Joaquín Arango (Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain and visiting Willy Brandt professor at Malmö University), Garbi Schmidt (Roskilde University, Denmark), Silvio Waisbord (George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA) and Mirca Madianou (Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, UK), examined the reality of the refugee situation in multidisciplinary presentations and panels analysing one of the most challenging crises to reach the shores of Europe in the 21st century.

The symposium kicked off on Thursday, September 22nd , with a welcome address by Malmö University’s Vice-Chancellor Kerstin Tham and Ørecomm co-directors Oscar Hemer and Thomas Tufte, who also marked the launch of their new book ‘Voice & Matter; Communication, Development and the Cultural Return’. The day included presentation by Laid Bouakaz on Arabic media in Sweden and Ioanna Tsoni, PhD student in Global Political Studies at Malmö University, of her current research into ‘The Refugee Rescue Industries’, and included her powerful video titled ‘Trash/Traces – Lives adrift along the border’ from her time in Lesvos, Greece.

transit-europe02Day 2 included presentation by Silvio Waisbord titled ‘Communication In The Society Of Difference: Between Pluralism And (Dis)Engagement’, Rafael Obregon, UNICEF’s Chief of the Communication for Development Section, discussion on UNICEF’s humanitarian programming in Europe within a communication perspective, and Mirca Madianou’s presentation titled ‘Humanitarian Technologies. From Ideals Of Participation To Practices Of Governance In Emergencies And Disaster Recovery’ based on her recent paper in the International Journal of Communication, titled ‘Finding a Voice Through Humanitarian Technologies? Communication Technologies and Participation in Disaster Recovery’

The symposium put the current refugee situation in Europe in global perspective, with focus on the need for and role of Communication for development to ensure dialogue, participation and active listening.

Full recordings of the 2 days of the symposium can be found below and are also available on ComDev Bambuser Channel.

Day 1- Thursday 22nd September 2016

Welcome address Kerstin Thamm, presentations Joaquín Arango & Garbi Schmidt, discussion

Presentations Laid Bouakaz & Ioanna Tsoni

Day 2 -Friday 23rd September 2016

Presentation Silvio Waisbord

Presentation Rafael Obregon

Presentation Mirca Madianou

Concluding panel with Jo Tacchi, Oscar Hemer, Mirca Madianou, Silvio Waisbord & Kerry Bystrom

leicester_1The every day class room of ComDev is what we call the ‘Glocal Classroom’.
The name is even on the door in our studio. However, there is a particular extended format which not only involves people online as well as in a teaching location in Malmö or somewhere else in the world (as e.g. Paris where we are going to place ourselves in November).
This extended format is bridging two physical classrooms, and often two courses, with synchronous interaction between two in situ locations and one online community in one event. It is a more demanding pedagogical challenge, production and mediation, which we havetried in the past with e.g. University of Guelph in Canada, and Flinders University in Australia.


Wednesday 12 October, Professor Thomas Tufte (Media and Communication Studies, University of Leicester) spoke on Storytelling and Social Change at his new Real Life Research Class at University of Leicester. The event was also part of an Advances in Communication for Development course class in Malmö, with Anders Høg Hansen providing a brief introduction to storytelling and some moderation throughout.

Thomas took the class on tour through ComDev reflections and concepts applied to intriguing examples: from a Martin Luther King speech, over Popeye the Sailor, to the South African Soap Opera Soul City.
There was a general focus on Edutainment which may be of interest for the MA ComDev students.

It was a late/last minute arrangement. The final schedule was set the week before – and maybe therefore it did not have a strong online participation, but you can jump on the the Bambuser archive and enjoy:

Thomas Tufte StorytellingThomas Tufte Lecture First part   |   Thomas Tufte Lecture Second part

PhD Course on Refugee Migration, Communication and Governance in Malmö September 2016

by Tobias Denskus June 8, 2016 ComDev seminar

Preceding the Transit Europe symposium, ComDev will be involved in a joint specialization course within the research areas MUSA (Migration, Urbanisation and Societal Change) and NMOG (New Media, Public Spheres and Forms of Creation). The profound and lasting consequences of the so-called refugee crisis that shook Europe in 2015 call for academic analysis as well […]

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‘Learning for change’ conference: ComDev student reflections on online learning

by Tobias Denskus May 26, 2015 ComDev lectures

ComDev student Muhammad Al-Waeli participated online in the ‘Learning for Change’ conference hosted by the Nelson Mandela Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania. We re-publish his reflections that originated from discussions on our itslearning platform and his subsequent blog post. Muhammad’s reflections are not only relevant in the context of the Glocal Classroom […]

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Guardian Live Q&A: how can NGOs and the media work better together? (26 February)

by Tobias Denskus February 26, 2015 ComDev seminar

ComDev’s Tobias Denskus will be part of a Guardian Live Chat on Thursday afternoon (26 February); as this is a chat without video or audio, we will add a little interactivity from our side and broadcast the Q&A with additional comments; if you are a ComDev student or alumni you can join us on Live […]

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Glocal Classroom: Seminar at Flinders University

by Rebecca Bengtsson November 26, 2014 ComDev

Voices from Timor-Leste Seminar and Simulation Three days of intensive collaboration has come to an end – for now. Everyone agreed that both the seminar and the following simulation were successful, and that there lies a lot of potential in developing the concept further. Below are a few voices about the three days. A big thank […]

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Joint ComDev and Glocal Classroom seminar:22 – 23 May, University of Guelph, Canada

by Rebecca Bengtsson May 5, 2014 ComDev

Guelph Seminar 22 -23 May, 2014 Communication for Social and Environmental Change – a two day seminar This seminar is part of the Glocal Classroom seminar series and will take place at University of Guelph, Canada. If you’re unable to attend in person, this seminar will be broadcast on ComDev Live as per usual. To interact with us during […]

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