Comdev Seminar March 28th 2014 – Cape Town, South Africa – Art/iculation and Social Change – (archive)

March 28, 2014 · 1 comment

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The Communication for Development Masters programme, Malmö University is very happy to be hosted for this seminar by RLabs, Bridgetown.

This seminar will be part of the Culture and Media Analysis module on the ComDev course Communication, Culture and Media Analysis.

This seminar will integrate the contributions from Cape Town based activists, artists and writers, together with input from ComDev teaching team. The day has been structured so that each session is a conversation, dialogue or exchange between the Cape Town and Malmö participants.

The preliminary programme is as follows. If you are in Cape Town then please come and join us at RLabs.


07:30 UTC/GMT (09:30 local time South Africa or 08:30 in Sweden).
Welcome by Marlon Parker, RLabs, and Oscar Hemer, Malmö University

07:45 – 09:45 UTC/GMT (9.45 – 11.45 local time South Africa that’s 08:45 – 10:45 in Sweden).
Living Labs and Archives : Social Inventory and Innovation
Marlon Parker
Ander Hög Hansen

Marlon Parker (RLabs, Bridgetown), is an Entrepreneur and advocate for using Technology for Social Good. His passion for community development has influenced his work and led to being the founder of the Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs) a global movement currently having activities in 21 countries. He has been listed as one of the 100 World Class South Africans in 2013.

Anders Høg Hansen (Malmö University ), PhD cultural studies, senior lecturer, Anders’ recent research includes
House of Culture. Social Engagement at the Intersection of Arts and New Media (Tanzania); Bob Dylan Love War and History 1961-1967 (monograph), and Living Archives. Public digital archives as Social Resources (Sweden).


10:45 – 13:15 UTC/GMT (12.45 – 15.15 local time South Africa, 09:45 – 14:15 in Sweden).
Inconsolable Memories : Complicity and Denial in The Present Past
Aryan Kaganof
Oscar Hemer

(Screening of Aryan Kaganof’s film An Inconsolable Memory about the Eoan Group)
Author and researcher Oscar Hemer and artist and film-maker Aryan Kaganof discuss different ways of approaching difficult and contested memories.

Aryan Kaganof is a project of the African Noise Foundation.

Oscar Hemer (Malmö University) is a writer of fiction and non-fiction and professor at Malmö University, where is heading the master programme in Communication for Development. He has recently researched fiction’s role in the transition processes of South Africa and Argentina.


13:30 – 15:30 UTC/GMT (15.30 – 17.30 local time South Africa, that is 14:30 – 16:30 in Sweden)
Aid worker memoirs as emerging genre and the challenges of reflexive writing
Jillian Reilly
Tobias Denskus

Author and former aidworker Jillian Reilly and Malmö University researcher Tobias Denskus engage in a dialogue on the rise of aidworker memoirs and the challenges of writing one

Jillian Reilly (Author) For fifteen years Reilly has worked in the global aid industry across Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. In 2013 she published a memoir Shame: Confessions of an Aid worker.

Tobias Denskus (Malmö University) is an anthropologist and digital development researcher who is currently working on the performativity of development and the challenges of social media in communication for development.

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