Örecomm Festival

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

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Program & details

voice_and_matter_communicationopment_and_the_cultural_return 1“The contributors to this anthology, who were all participants in the 2014 Voice & Matter conference, substantiate our arguments: the new momentum for ComDev in times of social media and social movements; the close interdependency of voice and matter; the renewed cultural impact in the form of an “ethnographic turn”; and, finally, an approach to the field as from and at the margins. Altogether, it is our conviction that the 17 chapters that follow are substantial contributions to a continuing articulation and re-definition of the theoretical foundation of Communication for Development.”

Oscar Hemer & Thomas Tufte “Introduction: Why Voice and Matter Matter”

The new book, available in print as well as digital open access from Nordicom, features contributions from ComDev staff members Oscar Hemer, Ronald Stade and Anders Hög-Hansen as well as many renowned academics in the field of communication, cultural and development studies.

“Drawing from the lived experiences of collectives and individuals who use media and communication to work toward emancipation and social justice, the chapters in this volume make important contributions to how we think about voice, power, technology, culture, and social change. Taking on the ­challenge of interrogating the development industries and their inability to detach from market forces and confront power inequities, this volume repositions the agency of subjects who use their own voices and their own media on their own terms – taking matters into their own hands.”

– Clemencia Rodríguez, Professor in Media Studies and Production, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA

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