The School of Arts and Communication is one of six educational
fields at Malmö University. It aims at creating new technology that
should be useful for people, and developed in a fruitful meeting with
art and humanistic traditions. Within the department several courses and
programmes are run, including a 120 credits Programme for Interaction
Design and a Master course on ”Communication for Development”
that both put some emphasis on South Asia and the Third World.
Masters programme and Third Space Seminars:
Oscar Hemeris a writer and journalist now working as the Coordinator of
the Master programme ”Communication for Development”
(ComDev), a relatively new and per definition interdisciplinary field
of study and practice, combining theories of development, communication
and globalization and integrating them with practical field work. The
course was started in the year 2000, and is aimed at journalists, information
officers and other professional groups in the media and culture sector
and the objective, in order to provide an in-depth understanding of the
interplay between media, communication and social change through a unique
combination of theoretical studies and practical field work. More
information on the Masters programme.
from the Indian Institute of Information
Technology (IIIT) in Bangalore, India, has been invited to the department
a couple of times, and been teaching at the Communication for Development
courses, and acted as supervisor for the students when doing their field
has been the Coordinator of the Malmö-Lund
Third Space Seminars, first held in November 2002. A second edition
of the Third Space Seminar was arranged in Malmö and Lund 26-28
November 2004. These were conferences co-hosted by the cities and universities
of Malmö and Lund, gathering some of the world's leading artists
and intellectuals for a three-day programme of seminars, exhibitions,
workshops and panel discussions. The overall theme for the 2004 Seminar
was ”Examining the Law”, and among the key speakers were
Dr. Sarat Maharaj (later to become Professor at the Malmö Art Academy, Lund University).
Oscar Hemer and Carl
Henrik Svenstedt from the School of Arts and Communication were academic programme coordinators, along
with Max Liljefors, Department of Art History,
Lund University. Two practicing lawyers from India were also invited,
Vasudha Nagaraj from the Anveshi
Research Centre for Women’s Studies in Secunderabad, Andhra
Giliyal, member of the Alternative
Law Forum, based in Bangalore. On Wednesday 24 November 2004
they visited SASNET (along with Oscar Hemer), see photo to the right.
Linnaeus Palme exchange programme
The department started a Linnaeus-Palme
programme in 2004 for a collaboration project with the Indian
Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Bangalore, India (contact persons being Prof. Madanmohan
Rao, and later Prof. Dinesha).
The contact person on the Swedish side is Simon Niedenthal, Lecturer in Interaction Technology at K3. He is also a researcher in the Creative Environments Studies.
The project has received continued funding for the period 2009-10. More information about the South Asia related Linnaeus Palme projects for 2009-10.
A presentation about the collaboration between IIIT Bangalore and Malmö University has been published as a film entitled ”Design for Humans. New Communication in the Meeting between Bangalore and Malmö” on YouTube. It has been produced by the International Programme Office for Education and Training, the agency in charge of the Linnaeus Palme Exchange Programme.
In the film, Dr. Niedenthal and Prof. Dinesha are interviewed, but most of the film focuses on the real experiences of the collaboration programme by two Bangalore students, Reshma Ratnani and Roshini T Raj (seen on the photo above), that have been spent time as exchange students at K3. During their time in Sweden, they also were given a chance to do ractical experience at Sony Ericsson. See the film!
During the month of May 2010 the department hosts a visiting professor from IIIT Bangalore, Dr. Balaji Parthasarathy. He obtained his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. His research broadly focuses on the relationship between technological innovation, economic globalization, and social change. Within this broad focus, his work follows two threads. One thread examines the impacts of public policy and firm strategies on the organization of production in the ICT (information and communications technology) industry. Another thread deals with ”ICTs for Development” (ICTD). Here his interests lie in understanding how ICTs are being deployed in various domains of activity to transform social relationships, especially in economically underdeveloped contexts.