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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.

Organized as a collaborative event between ComDev,  the Malmö Institute of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) and the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER), the Transit Europe international conference explores the current refugee situation in the framework of media, communication and governance, in particular humanitarian technologies and communication.

Keynote speakers of include Silvio Waisbord (George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA),  Mirca Madianou (Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, UK) & more.
During the conference the Voice & Matter. Communication, Development and the Cultural Return anthology will be also be launched based on the Ørecomm conference in 2014.

Symposium Program

Thursday, 22 September 2016

15.00-15.15 Welcome address
Malmö University’s Vice-Chancellor Kerstin Tham + Ørecomm co-directors Oscar Hemer and Thomas Tufte
15.15-15.45  The “refugee crisis” and its multiple implications
Joaquín Arango, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
15.45-16.15 The stories we tell: How Diversity is Narrated and Community is Created in two Copenhagen Neighborhoods
Garbi Schmidt, Roskilde University
16.15-16.45   Discussion
(Chair: Maja Povrzanović Frykman. Discussant: Anna Lundberg, Malmö University)
17.00-17.40  Refugee Migration: Research and activism. Current and up-coming projects in and around Malmö
Joshka Wessels, Lund University, Laid Bouakaz, Malmö University (Chair: Anders Høg Hansen)
17.40-18.00 Book launch: Voice & Matter. Communication, Development and the Cultural Return
(eds. Oscar Hemer & Thomas Tufte, Nordicom)
 18.00  Reception 

Friday, 23 September 2016

9.15-10.00 Communication in the society of difference: Between pluralism and (dis)engagement
Silvio Waisbord, George Washington University
10.00-10.45 Discussion
(Chair: Oscar Hemer. Discussants: Kerry Bystrom, Bard College & Thomas Tufte, University of Leicester)
10.45-11.15 Coffee
11.15-12.00 UNICEF’s humanitarian programming in Europe. A communication perspective
Rafael Obregón, UNICEF, (Chair: Thomas Tufte. Discussant: Norbert Wildermuth, Roskilde University)
12.00-13.00     Lunch
13.15-14.00
Humanitarian Technologies. From ideals of participation to practices of governance in emergencies and disaster recovery
Mirca Madianou, Goldsmiths’ College, London
14.00-14.30
Discussion
(Chair: Tobias Denskus, Malmö University. Discussant: Lisa Ann Richey, Roskilde University)
14.45-16.45 Parallel paper sessions.
NICOE11 (main lecture hall), NIC0502, NIC05 K3 Studio (5th floor by the ‘C’ elevator)A (NICOE11) Paper session (chair: Norbert Wildermuth, Roskilde University)Liberal Media Intervention in Post-War Settings: Insights from the Epistemologies of the South. Sofia José Santos and Teresa Almeida Cravo, University of Coimbra

“News-you-can-use”: The role of dialogue in providing vital Information to refugees in Europe. Victoria Jack, Internews

The Refugee Crisis, Political Opportunities & Threats and Transnational Solidarity Organizations in Greece and Denmark. Maria Kousis, Hans-Jörg Trenz, Angelos Loukakis, Kostas Kanellopoulos, University of Crete, and Deniz Neriman Duru, University of Copenhagen

An analytics of civic agency and social media – the case of refugee volunteering. Julie Uldam and Anne Kaun, Roskilde University

B (NIC05 K3 Studio) Paper session (chair: Erliza López Pedersen)

The mediation of waiting: a case study on the experience of transit among Iraqi refugees in Jordan. Mirjam A. Twigt, University of Leicester

Migration and integration : technologies on the refugee route to Europe. Gita Zadnikar, Alma Mater Europaea, Ljubljana

Vectors of Europe: Boats, The Mediterranean Sea and Politics of Movement. Mahmoud Keshavarz and Eric Snodgrass, Malmö University

C (NIC0502) Workshop: Words of War (chair: Ronald Stade, Malmö University)

Politically Correct: The History of a Fighting Concept. Ronald Stade

Creative Intelligence and the Cold War: US Military Investments in Undisciplined Thought 1945-1965. Bregje van Eekelen, Erasmus University, Rotterdam

(Optional parallel session: Medea Talk with Marju Lauristin: What will we mean by privacy in the future? Auditorium B 1 http://medea.mah.se/event/medea-talks-marju-lauristin/)

17.00-17.30
Panel discussion with all speakers
(Rapporteur: Jo Tacchi, University of Loughborough. Moderator: Oscar Hemer)

 

Dear students, alumni, colleagues & friends of ComDev Malmö!

ComDev was founded in 2000 and we are celebrating the program’s 15th anniversary this year!

We would like to take this opportunity to invite students, alumni, colleagues and friends of the program to a special 2-day event in Malmö on 18 & 19 September 2015.

The event will involve keynote speakers, round tables, interviews & surprises. And we would like to source as much content from our network, which means that we need your input!

If you follow the link to the pre-registration form you will be able to submit your ideas, potential contributions and links to your projects and organization

Since our MA in Communication for Development is still one of the few programs in the field blending on-site campus learning with an interactive online format, we are also encouraging you to connect virtually: Do you have a great story from that seminar in 2004 that you want to share? Stashed away some photos from an event in 2007?

Do get in touch!
You can also simply write to comdev (at) mah (dot) se – but make sure you receive all the updates on our social media channels. We will update the ComDev Portal regularly and make sure you join almost 800 ‘Fans’ of our ComDev facebook page and more than 200 alumni at our LinkedIn group Malmö University Communication for Development Alumni!

The event will take place in the brand new ‘Niagara’ building of the university right next to Malmö central station and the new Malmö Live quarter. Your visit will be rewarded by enjoying the changed and changing city of Malmö!

As an added incentive, we will provide 5 travel grants to non-European resident alumni worth 10.000 SEK each!

So what are the next steps?

  • Mark the 18 & 19th September in your diary!
  • Complete the short pre-registration form
  • Get in touch with us with suggestions, from an NGO round-table to an international donor panel
  • Share your memories, from a short quote on what ComDev has meant in your life and career to sharing photos, blog posts and more

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Malmö in September!

The ComDev team

EMPOWERHOUSE – Sustainable Community Radio Training Course

by Hugo Boothby April 13, 2015 ComDev

Great news for those working within Community Radio. Our colleague Birgitte Jallov has just announced a 7 week, 7 module Sustainable Community Radio Management Course starting May 13th. Birgitte was one of the teachers on the Advances in Communication for Development course given last autumn. Birgitte gave an excellent workshop on communication planning that was greatly […]

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How to make the most of your ComDev MA studies

by Tobias Denskus January 5, 2015 ComDev

A few days ago, the smart people at TechChange featured an interesting end-of-the-year post: ‘How to Make Online Learning a Career-Boosting Habit’. This inspired me to think about some of the similarities and differences between various forms of online learning. As ComDev is about to start a new term with a fresh cohort of students […]

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Apply for the MA in Communication for Development! Application deadline 15 January 2015

by Rebecca Bengtsson December 18, 2014 ComDev

MA in Communication for Development (60 ECTS) Communication for Development is an interdisciplinary field of study and practice, combining studies in culture, communication and development integrated with practical fieldwork. It explores the use of communication – both as a tool and as a way of articulating processes of social change – within the context of […]

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Apply for the MA in Communication for Development! Application deadline 15 January 2015

by Rebecca Bengtsson December 18, 2014 ComDev

MA in Communication for Development (60 ECTS) Communication for Development is an interdisciplinary field of study and practice, combining studies in culture, communication and development integrated with practical fieldwork. It explores the use of communication – both as a tool and as a way of articulating processes of social change – within the context of […]

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Welcome to ComDev!

by Rebecca Bengtsson December 17, 2014 ComDev

It’s almost time to kick off the semester and we are happy to welcome so many new students to the ComDev programme! This spring you’ll start off with a course in communication, culture and media analysis where you’ll be introduced to the understandings of communication and communication strategies in the area of Communication for Development, and the […]

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New issue of Glocal Times!

by Rebecca Bengtsson December 11, 2014 ComDev

Issue No. 21 of the Glocal Times can be read in full here. Six months have passed since the publication of Issue No. 20 of Glocal Times. In the meantime there has been plenty of activity within the field, including the Voice & Matter conference, held in September of this year by the Ørecomm Centre […]

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ComDev graduate Florencia Enghel defends her PhD thesis

by Rebecca Bengtsson December 8, 2014 Alumni

On 8 December, ComDev graduate and Glocal Times editor Florencia Enghel is defending her Phd thesis “Video letters, mediation and (proper) distance – A qualitative study of international development communication in practice” at Karlstad University. We’re wishing Florencia the best of luck for her defence! Florencia’s study scrutinizes the trajectory of an international development communication […]

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