Monday 9 December
The screening will showcase short films produced with smartphones, mobile and pocket cameras. It will be preceded by a symposium.
Monday 16 December and Tuesday 17 December
Masterclass with Geert Lovink
This is a rare opportunity to spend a full two days with Geert in a masterclass that engages with state of arts net criticism, critical social media research, cultures of search, Wikileaks, anonymous and net activist strategies, digital publishing experiences, Wikipedia research and the politics and aesthetics of online video. Download a PDF flyer for this event.
Tuesday 31 December 2013
Application deadline for The Game of Being Mobile: A Study of Mobile Gaming Cultures 3 year PhD scholarship
School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Australia
This three-year scholarship is for a PhD candidate who will contribute to ethnographic fieldwork and data analysis as part of a larger three-year study of mobile gaming in Australia in the broader context of the global industry. The larger project—The Game of Being Mobile: A Study of Mobile Gaming Cultures—is funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant (see below for project summary). The PhD research will comprise a discrete case study adaptable to the candidate’s specific expertise and research interests, but will constitute a key component of the ARC Discovery project and comparative analysis of mobile gaming practices. The candidate will also become a Postgraduate Member of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre
Eligible candidates will have a BA, BA with Honours or MA/MSC in Communication, Anthropology, Sociology, Science and Technology Studies, Informatics, Media Studies or other related discipline. International and Australian nationals are eligible to apply. The Scholarship, which covers tuition, fees, a small stipend and other research expenses, will begin in February 2014.Please note that all applicants will need to apply for and be accepted to the PhD program in Media and Communication at RMIT University. Application details can be found at http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=DR211. Initial expressions of interest (EOI) should be sent to Prof. Larissa Hjorth. Please send a one page EOI and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
11 March 2014
This public lecture by Lynn Schofield Clark from the University of Denver will examine how family life is changing as digital and mobile media create opportunities for both more connection and for more interruption. Download a PDF flyer for this event.
DERC Research Nodes
DERC members will be focusing upon three research focii for 2014 and 2015: Media Methods; Design + Ethnography and Emergent Media Practices. This research will be shaped and managed by our node leaders: Emma Witkowski for the Media Methods node, Yoko Akama for the Design + Ethnography node, and Heather Horst and Larissa Hjorth for the Emergent Media Practices node. You can find out more here.
Website for ethical consumption project launched
The website for the ARC Discovery Project ‘The rise of ethical consumption in Australia: from the margins to the mainstream’, which is led by DERC's own Tania Lewis along with Kim Humphery, is now live at http://ethicalconsumption.org/. This project will be the first of its kind to examine the rise and impact of ethical consumption in Australia.
Most excellent ARC Discovery Grant outcomes!
The two directors of DERC have both been awarded ARC Discovery Grants for two separate innovative and exciting research projects. Along with Professor Robert Foster, Heather is undertaking research that will historically and ethnographically document the broad social consequences of new digital technologies in the Pacific region. You can find out more about this project here. Along with Associate Professor Ingrid Richardson, Larissa is studying how mobile game consumption is reflecting, and being shaped by, complex social and technological practices integral to contemporary life. You can find out more about this project here.
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PACMAS Baseline Study
Jo Tacchi, Heather Horst, Evangelia Papoutsaki, Verena Thomas and Joys Eggins
Funded by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, International Development
This project employs a Communication for Development (C4D) approach to understand the diversity and complexity of media and communication environments. A C4D approach enables development organisations to better design and implement media and communication assistance programs and work towards the goal of lasting and sustainable development. Through a range of qualitative research methods, the project seeks to develop an in-depth understanding of the Pacific media environment, including policy and legislation, capacity building, content and media distribution systems. Through this work we identify key trends, major opportunities and constraints or challenges to a free, well-functioning and independent media sector which can be employed to determine priority areas for media development in the Pacific region.
The research for this project was undertaken between 2012 and 2013 by the Pacific Media and Communication Research Consortium, which is a partnership between Jo Tacchi (RMIT University, Australia); Heather A. Horst (RMIT University, Australia); Evangelia Papoutsaki (UNITEC, New Zealand); Verena Thomas (University of Goroka, Papua New Guinea); and Joys Eggins (University of Goroka, Papua New Guinea). Researchers on the project include Felicity Cull (RMIT University, Australia); Martha Ginau (Australian National University, Australia); Usha Harris (Macquarie University, Australia); Sandra Kailahi (UNITEC, New Zealand); Josephine Mann (University of Goroka, Papua New Guinea); Marion Muliaumaseali’i (UNITEC, New Zealand and RMIT University, Australia); Jessica Noske-Turner (RMIT University, Australia and Queensland University of Technology, Australia); Lawrencia Pipir (University of Goroka, Papua New Guinea); Christine Schmidt (RMIT University, Australia); and Naomi Strickland (UNITEC, New Zealand).
Project Blog: http://pacmas.org/subject/baseline-study
Featured Publication: Evaluating Communication for Development
This book, by DERC core member Jo Tacchi, with June Lennie, presents a comprehensive framework for evaluating communication for development (C4D). This framework combines the latest thinking from a number of fields in new ways. It critiques dominant instrumental, accountability-based approaches to development and evaluation and offers an alternative holistic, participatory, mixed methods approach based on systems and complexity thinking and other key concepts. It maintains a focus on power, gender and other differences and social norms. The authors have designed the framework as a way to focus on achieving sustainable social change and to continually improve and develop C4D initiatives. The benefits and rigour of this approach are supported by examples and case studies from a number of action research and evaluation capacity development projects undertaken by the authors over the past fifteen years.
Building on current arguments within the fields of C4D and development, the authors reinforce the case for effective communication being a central and vital component of participatory forms of development, something that needs to be appreciated by decision makers. They also consider ways of increasing the effectiveness of evaluation capacity development from grassroots to management level in the development context, an issue of growing importance to improving the quality, effectiveness and utilisation of monitoring and evaluation studies in this field.