Open to all!
Zoom Link: 87157304672
Open to all!
Zoom Link: 87157304672
Focusing on ethnographic research conducted with Syrian refugee children living in Beirut, our talk will show how both the researchers and their interlocutors were caught up in the political economy of fear produced by the context of war and the sectarian politics imposed by Hezbollah. It will rethink the whatness of media, moving from a conventional definition of broadcasting/digitality/screen/computer to a more ontological and pluralistic interpretation that considers media as extended bodily forms of technicity. It argues that limiting the worldliness of the media to screen-media reinforces the structural mediation of power and ideology through the poster of the martyr – the religious leader – the poem on the wall – mourning women – the funeral – or what amounts to the aesthetics of structural violence. We show how the material realities and lived experiences of the Syrian refugee children in Beirut have altered our methodological course, as our roles oscillated between those of ethnographers to those of social workers.
Tarik Sabry is Reader in Media and Communication at the University of Westminster. He is author of Cultural Encounters in the Arab World: On Media the Modern and the everyday (2010) and co-editor of several books on subject of Arab Cultural Studies. He is co-founder of Westminster papers in Communication and Culture and Co-editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication.
Nisrine Mansour is a researcher and practitioner whose work focuses on integrating socio-cultural research with public engagement and art practice. She utilises innovative media-based ethnography to investigate policies and practices of media use among children in multicultural settings as well as humanitarian provision for refugees. She is co-author with Tarik Sabry of Children and Screen Media in Changing Arab Contexts: An Ethnographic Perspective (Palgrave, 2019).
A special issue of The International Journal of Media and Culture titled ‘Refugee Socialities and the Media’ looks at diverse media and communicative practices about the European refugee crisis – and the relationships and communities they can create. We share the main issue’s main contributions and conclusions in this blog post.
This RDI Network conference 2019 side-event brings together academics, researchers and practitioners from across Australian universities, think tanks and NGOs. The aim is to provide a platform for international development actors involved or interested in Communication for Development (C4D) work to share experiences, lessons learned and recommendations that can contribute to an improved practice. It also wants to be a space to encourage and facilitate collaboration between practitioners and researchers on C4D-related research projects that strengthen the value of the practice.
Following on from the 2015 and 2017 Communication for Development gatherings, the specific focus of this roundtable is to discuss how civil society groups, social movements, and development organisations can more effectively lead the path to an inclusive development through the use of the media and communication. Both practitioners and researchers will share their experiences in either implementing or studying media and communication interventions designed to engage citizens (in general) or disadvantaged and marginalised groups (more specifically) in participating in debate and having a voice on issues that affect them.
Reports from the previous events can be accessed here:
This event is free for participants, but RSVP is essential
If you would like to attend, please email [email protected] by Sunday 12th May 2019 with a short paragraph about your background
Access to accurate and useful climate-related information is a prerequisite for smallholder farmers to use and benefit from climate services with respect to both agricultural and livelihood decision-making. Whether or not farmers access particular climate-related information products is determined by the types of information products that the national meteorological service and other providers make available, by access to the communication channels used to disseminate information, and by demand for the information. Gender-based factors can influence differing access to communication channels for women and men. The present brief highlights some of these key challenges to achieving socially inclusive access to weather and climate information, and presents promising pathways for developing gender-sensitive communication channels in climate services.
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