The Institute for Media and Creative Industries has organised a Speaker Series to bring together researchers from across a wide range of interdisciplinary fields in order to address timely and pertinent questions in media and the creative industries. This workshop is titled ‘Communication for Change: Life stories, Dis/Connections and the Postcolonial’.
The late media scholar Roger Silverstone argued in his last book from 2006 (strongly inspired by the philosopher Hannah Arendt) that it is plurality that constitutes the public and by recognizing a shared space, despite conflicts, where visible and audible actors can take place and word, we may form an effective engagement with the world. Three key issues expressed in the title of this event, can be highlighted: New voices and life stories keep challenging, expanding or/and dividing publics and collectives. Identities affected by movement and oppression try to make sense of experience, in the era of the postcolonial. Media materializes and over-writes these histories in new connections and disconnections.
This second edition of the Communication for Change miniFest investigates production of, but notably also challenges to, ‘echo chambers’ and polarization through various media and inventions in art, journalism, and community work.
Rubén Rivas de Rocas: Local stories fighting polarization, transnational media
Veneza Ronsini: Intentional communities in Brazil
Lasse Mouritzen, Kristine Samson, and Michael Haldrup: Other-Story, Jamboy and Escuela Sim Mouros
Birgitte Jallov: New neighbours: cohesion-creating community media
Dainalyn Swaby: Jamaica, stories, sustainability
Aglaya Jimenez Turati: Storytelling and education
Moderators/Discussants: Erliza Lopez Pedersen, Jessica Noske-Turner, Thomas Tufte, Ana Cristina Suzina and Anders Høg Hansen