Voice & Matter: 17–20 September 2014

Voice & Matter – Glocal Conference on Communication for Development – a four day conference on the relationship between media, communication and social change.

When? 17–20 September 2014
Where? Roskilde University (DK) & Malmö University (SE)


A Cross-Border Conference

The third out of four seminars/conferences in the Glocal Classroom project will be hosted by Malmö University, Sweden. The four day conference is a merger with Roskilde University’s biannual scientific conference Sunrise, Denmark, and Ørecomm – Centre for Communication and Glocal Change‘s yearly Ørecomm Festival, an event organized in both the above countries. Sweden and Denmark connects with a short train ride over the Øresund Bridge.

Workshop on Live-Streaming

For the participants of the Glocal Classroom project, the conference will offer the possibility of in-depth study of the concept of mediating the glocal classroom. A workshop on media technology and the use of live-streaming in classroom settings, will run throughout the four days. Theory will be mixed with exercises and real time practice. Have a look at the workshop programme here.


The conference theme deals with the concepts of voice and matter. Is gaining voice enough – enough for society to change, enough for the material conditions we live under to improve, and for other visions of society to thrive? What is the interplay between voice and matter within today’s international development context? Read the full concept note here.


The conference will offer a mix of keynotes, panel discussions, paper presentations, workshops,  and film screenings. More than 50 speakers from 20 different countries are confirmed.

Check the full programme here.

Some highlights:


  • The Role of Media and Communication in the Post 2015 Agenda
  • ICT4D and Citizen Engagement
  • Voice: The Return of the Politics of Hope, with a special appearance by Arjun Appadurai (US)


  • Andrea Cornwall (University of Sussex, UK)
  • Sheela Patel (The Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers, IN)
  • Stefania Milan (Tilburg University, NL)
  • Faye Ginsburg (New York University, US)
  • Paula Chakravartty (New York University, US)
  • Thomas Hylland Eriksen (Oslo University, NO)
  • Susanne Schech (Flinders University, AU)
  • Francis B. Nyamnjoh (University of Cape Town, ZA)


Paper Presentations

Overarching themes include:

  • Changing Communication Environments for Empowerment and Social Change
  • The Present and Future of Development Journalism
  • New Social Actors, Citizen Media and ICT4D: Brazilian Perspectives


Last day for registration is 7 September. Register here.


Follow the conference online at http://voiceandmatter.net/live

More information

Visit the conference website www.voiceandmatter.net  for more information.


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