Call for Abstracts: Ørecomm Festival 2014

by Ulrica Kristhammar on 23 April 2014

Tag cloud_200Voice and Matter is the fourth annual Communication for Development conference arranged by Ørecomm, 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.

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

Ørecomm invites researchers, students, practitioners, authors, artists and filmmakers to submit abstracts in the following work streams:

  • 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

Read the full call for abstracts here.

For more information about the conference, look here.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Tobias DenskusThis is the topic of a seminar that will be held by Ørecomm participant Tobias Denskus on Wednesday, 23 April 201410-12 am.

“While undergoing visible changes at the surface – from celebrity humanitarianism to micro loans or voluntourism – international development, or more precisely: the growing professional aid industry, is also a space for traditional rituals, performances and illusions about social change. Based on organisational ethnographic fieldwork in bureaucratic aid organisations, at global conferences and localised workshops this talk will try to link old anthropological metaphors to the emerging ritual economy around ‘helping the poor’. The guiding question for the seminar will be: ‘What is development’s interpretation of reflexive capitalism in the 21st century?’”

Read more about the key issues of the seminar at Tobias’ blog Aidnography.


  • Aktersalongen, Kranen room E203, Östra Varvsgatan 11A, Malmö

Workshop: Local Innovation & Global Social Change

by Ulrica Kristhammar 10 April 2014

The previously mentioned GoComm project is now gearing up for the first workshop. Ørecomm is looking for start-ups, social enterprises, organisations and decision makers in the Öresund region for this interesting collaboration.
Read more about the workshop here, and help us share with friends, family and colleagues!

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Seminar: Ørecomm’s new PhD Candidate Presents her Research

by Ulrica Kristhammar 8 April 2014

Tomorrow, 9 April 2014, at 10-12 am, Erliza Lopez Pedersen, Ørecomm’s new PhD candidate in Communication for Development will be introducing her research at a public seminar at the School of Arts and Communication (K3) at Malmö University.
Her research explores transnationalism, cultural citizenship and the media, with a focus on the Filipino diaspora in the five Nordic [...]

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Next Week: Open ComDev Seminar in Capetown

by Ulrica Kristhammar 19 March 2014

[ 25 March 2014 to 26 March 2014. 28 March 2014; ] The Glocal Classroom is one of Ørecomm’s more recently started projects. Funded by Malmö University and STINT  it takes on the subject of web-based pedagogy and interaction.

Ørecomm co-director Oscar Hemer and Mikael Rundberg, teachers at the ComDev master’s programme at Malmö University, are two of the key persons behind the project. With more than ten [...]

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PhD Internships: UNU-WIDER, Fall 2014

by Ulrica Kristhammar 13 March 2014

The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research, UNU-WIDER, is currently accepting applications for the PhD Internship Programme for entry beginning September 2014.
The PhD Internship Programme gives registered doctoral students an opportunity to work with UNU-WIDER researchers in areas of mutual interest, utilising the resources and facilities at UNU-WIDER for their PhD dissertation [...]

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Ørecomm Welcomes new ComDev Programme

by Ulrica Kristhammar 12 March 2014

The School of Media and Communication at Temple University, Philadelphia, is launching a one-year graduate degree in development communication. At Ørecomm we are really happy to see this exciting new initiative, and look forward to exploring how we can collaborate in the future!
Launching this coming fall of 2014, the program will include research skills and [...]

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New Project: GOComm Calls for Collaboration with Social Entrepreneurs

by Ulrica Kristhammar 7 March 2014

“The fact that we are standing here today at a Social Media Week is I think indicative of how some of the broader dynamics in research and communication for development are changing.”
Ørecomm participant and ComDev researcher Tobias Denskus, starts out his presentation at Danish Design Centre, Copenhagen. And he is right; the development communication work [...]

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Last Minute: Nordic-Kenyan PhD Seminar: Apply no Later than 9 March 2014

by Ulrica Kristhammar 4 March 2014

Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in this Kenya based PhD seminar on Studying New Media Appropriations and Socio-Cultural Changes – Methodological Challenges, taking place in May 2014.
Deadline for applications is 9 March 2014 (extended deadline) .
From the course description:

The PhD seminar will discuss epistemological questions related to social research and address key methodological [...]

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New Course: Advances in Communication for Development

by Ulrica Kristhammar 27 February 2014

This autumn, several of our Ørecomm participants will be teaching on a brand new course in Advances in Communication for Development: Social Action, Planning and Evaluation offered at Malmö University. The course responds to the needs of ComDev graduates that have requested a deeper level of study in this field, as well as development professionals [...]

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