Ørecomm Festival 2014: Call for abstracts

by Rebecca Bengtsson on April 15, 2014

in Call for papers,Comdev Projects,Opportunities,Örecomm Festival,ørecomm.net

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Voice and Matter is the fourth annual Communication for Development conference arranged by Ørecomm – Centre for Communication and Glocal Change, this year merged with Roskilde University’s biannual scientific conference, Sunrise.

The conference aims to explore the dynamic relationship – and possible convergence – between voice and matter in the context of communication for development theory and practice. Read the full Concept Note here.

When? 17-20 September 2014
Where?Roskilde University (Denmark) & Malmö University (Sweden)

We invite researchers, students, practitioners, authors, artists and filmmakers to submit abstracts on the following themes:

  • New Social Actors and ICT for Development. The technocentric concept of ICT4D raises questions on the power over and use of technology. Who are the new social actors and new social movements? How do they pursue their goals using ICTs? This session invites theoretical and empirical reflections, uncovering emerging perspectives on technology, voice and matter.
  • ICT4D Without ICT4G? As photos of all-male ICT4D conference panels and technology fairs dominated by men are circulated on social networks, questions about gender issues in ICT4D research and practice are more pressing than ever. This panel invites theoretical reflections and innovative case studies on gender, power and the future of ICT4D.
  • The Present and Future of Development Journalism International development journalism is exploring new avenues to connect with different audiences and to communicate social change. This panel highlights new innovative approaches as well as discussing the challenges and limitations in an age where ‘everybody is a broadcaster’.
  • Fiction Matters Recent decades have in many parts of the world brought new genres of fiction to critical acclaim. New authors engage with movement, migration and change in ways that are debated globally. This panel will explore fiction, that in new ways engage with the relation between the social and the global, and between voice and matter.
  • Histories of Diaspora Nation-states and national mentalities have shaped societies we live in through reductive classifications. New methods now move beyond this logic, allowing for improved understanding of the changing role of the state over time, and for new transcultural encounters. This panel explores methods in approaching the diaspora context in space and time.


  • Submission of abstracts are accepted until 23 May 2014, oo:oo (CET)
  • Accepted abstracts will be announced individually by 6 June 2014


  • Email your abstract to orecomm@gmail.com with the subject “Voice & Matter Abstract”
  • Number of words for abstracts: 200-300
  • Abstracts must include the presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal address.
  • Please name your abstract in the following way: name+surname_abstract

Practical information

Registration for the conference will open in the beginning of May. For more information and practical up-dates, please look here.


You are welcome to forward any questions to orecomm@gmail.com.

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