Visiting Researcher Feature: Anna Przybylska

We’d like to welcome Anna Przybylska, Assistant Professor and Head of the Center for Deliberation at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. She is a visiting researcher in the Department of Communications and New Media under the Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship [IMMF] Scheme from 5 to 19 June 2017. Having studied social sciences with the scope of sociology and social policy at the University of Warsaw and of media and communication at the University of Amsterdam, her academic interests include:

  • the communication in decision-making
  • the methodology of public consultations
  • the deliberation in applied projects
  • the ICT supported deliberation and public consultations

Besides co-editing with Stephen Coleman and Yves Sintomer a book Deliberation and Democracy: Innovative Processes and Institutions, Anna is also the manager of the applied project New perspectives for dialogue: the model of deliberation and ICT for the social inclusion in decision-making (2014-2017).

Keep Sungei Road Thieves’ Market, you say? NUS students have an app for that

Singapore’s daily newspaper, TodayOnline, featured Dr Jude Yew’s award-winning project to help the traders at the now-defunct Sungei Road Flea Market.

It was at the Sungei Road flea market that Dr Jude Yew got his first turntable in the 1980s as an aspiring DJ at the age of 14.


Over the years, the bargain paradise with a history just a decade shy of a century continued to be his regular haunt.


“I hung out there a lot because my secondary school was around there … This was where I acquired most of my equipment to work as a part-time mobile DJ,” said the 45-year-old…


Source: TodayOnline: Keep Sungei Road Thieves’ Market, you say? NUS students have an app for that

Discovery Channel Features Discovery A to Z With Prof Andy Quitmeyer

Discovery Channel features Communications and New Media’s faculty, Prof Andy Quitmeyer in an amusing video DiscoveryAtoZ. Prepare for the premiere of Andy’s Hacking The Wild series on #DiscoveryChannelSoutheastAsia tonight!

A – Z with Andy Quitmeyer

#DiscoveryAtoZ with Andy Quitmeyer. He is more than just a quirky, adventurous tech-geek. Watch as he goes into the wild with nothing but technology. Will he survive? Catch HACKING THE WILD premiering tomorrow at 9:55PM (SEA/MY) and 8:55PM (BKK/JKT) on Discovery Channel. #DiscoverySEA #HackingTheWild #AndyQuitmeyer

Posted by Discovery Channel Southeast Asia on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Random Blends 2017 Interceptions- A Fond Epilogue

On 24th March, the ninth installation of Random Blends opened to roaring success. Filmmaker and Guest-of-Honour Tan Pin Pin graced the opening ceremony, and the exhibition saw a total of 2,651 visitors over the weekend.

Random Blends 2017

Guest-of-Honour Tan Pin Pin (left) with CNM Head of Department Professor Mohan J. Dutta (right)

The theme for this year was Interceptions -which challenged visitors to invert alternative or silenced discourses and integrate fresh perspectives into the public consciousness. With that aim in mind, the Random Blends team put together an exhibition featuring thought-provoking artworks that used digital media to highlight social issues.

Random Blends 2017

Experimental Augmented Reality Game by CNM students ArtScience Museum

The exhibition also featured a dynamic programme of performances and presentations each day. For instance, visitors had the opportunity interact with projects helmed by students from NM4225 Design Fiction module, by combining elements of speculative thinking and science fiction to explore ideas related to emergent technologies and future scenarios. Audience interaction and experience with students’ prototypes challenged and stimulate new thought patterns, as well as to generate conversation and awareness about pertinent issues both present and emerging in society.

Experimental Augmented Reality Game by CNM students ArtScience Museum

On Sunday, a concert by migrant workers of Banglar Kantha- Dibrasham Cultural & Literary Forum was a captivating recital of poetry, music and dance. These performances gave the audience an insightful glimpse into the culture of the migrant workers in Singapore. By placing the workers in a space where they are not typically encountered this invigorating act shifted audience’s perceptions and empowered them to consider the social roles of these migrant workers in Singapore.

Banglar Kantha- Dibrasham Cultural & Literary Forum Performance at ArtScience Museum

The meaningful theme and curation behind the exhibition met with positive responses from visitors. NUS student Elysia Goh (22) said, “I believe that (Random Blends) was a good platform to showcase students’ talent. I was very impressed at their creativity in showcasing meaningful social issues behind every artwork and I also liked how we were able to engage and interact with the many of the art pieces.”

Working professional Tan Bing Yuan, 27, said, “The exhibition provided a space that allowed us to reflect on the marginalized and often forgotten population groups. My favourite exhibit was Cracks, the interactive game about a soldier who wakes up in an enemy camp. It provided the perspective of a depressed person through a plot twist, which could often be greatly alleviated if we could just show more concern towards them.” Random Blends 2017 would not be possible without the guidance of our artistic director Dr Marcia Nancy Mauro-Flude, production manager Eve Yeo, general manager Wayne Ng and mentors Tracey Hamilton, Dr Alexander König and Nick Smithies. We would also like to thank the CNM Department for their kind support throughout the journey.

We hope you enjoyed Random Blends as much as we enjoyed putting it together. See you next year!

For more information about Random Blends, visit our Facebook page and 2017 website .

Not enough of Random Blends? Check out CNM’s Official Gallery!

Research Talk – Social Marketing in India and Afghanistan: A Comparison

Dr. Sandeep Ghiya will be giving a research talk titled “Social Marketing in India and Afghanistan: A Comparison”, on 18 April 2017 (Tuesday). The talk will be held at the CNM Meeting Room, from 10 AM to 11 AM.

Abstract: The proposed talk will focus on experiences with Project Saksham in Uttar Pradesh, India and a consultancy with ASMO in Afghanistan.

Project Saksham was a four year project implemented by DKT India for the Futures Group led ITAP Project for USAID. The project aimed to promote oral contraceptive pills and condoms in rural villages, with a focus on C and D category villages with population between 1,000 and 4,999.

The Afghan Social Marketing Organization (ASMO) is a USAID supported Afghan managed organization operating across Afghanistan, promoting oral contraceptive pills, condoms, injectable contraceptives, oral rehydration salts, iron folic acid tablets and chlorine safe water solution.

The talk will provide brief overviews of the two projects, followed by a detailed discussion on the various means of interpersonal and mass communications that were employed to reach out to the target population in both projects. The similarities in approaches will be pointed out, along with a discussion on the differences. The challenges and drawbacks of both projects will be highlighted, along with a comparison of the geopolitical and other challenges faced in the two projects, inclusive of the difficulties in logistics and sales operations.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Sandeep Ghiya has been working on reproductive health issues with a focus on contraception for over 18 years. He has been especially interested in the marketing and usage of provider-dependent contraceptives and the promotion of all forms of contraception in rural areas. Dr. Ghiya has worked on the design, implementation and documentation of various projects to promote family planning at international, national and regional levels with projects focused on India, Afghanistan, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia and Burkina Faso. He has provided consultancy to projects for clients ranging from Family Planning Association of India, DFID, USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Concept Foundation, Palladium and Abt Associates. With post graduate degrees in public health and marketing management, he has been an active participant in the marketing of contraception in India. Dr. Sandeep Ghiya has also been a visiting faculty member at management colleges for marketing and general management related subjects.

Venue: AS6, 03-33, CNM Meeting Room
Date:  18 April 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 10 AM – 11 AM

The Citizen: The Two Faces of Developmentalism and Communalism Threaten Indian Pluralism

Prof Mohan J Dutta, Head of NUS Communications and New Media and Director of C.A.R.E, argues in this op-ed that for a large cross-section of India’s educated middle classes, trained in the enticements of the free market as a source for economic growth, and employed in the tech-finance-industries that promise to catalyze the transformation of India as a growth-hub, development as economic growth is the catchphrase that holds sway on emotions. The dogma of economic growth as development organizes both the spheres of rational engagements and heuristic affinities.

More at The Citizen

Student Showcase: Speaking from the Heart

Since 2014, the media has reported on rising anti-foreigner sentiments in Singapore. Migrant construction workers bear the brunt of such xenophobia. Through a recent trip to HealthServe– a non-profit organisation that campaigns for migrant workers in Singapore- a group of CNM students discovered many migrant workers who were attempting to learn English and Mandarin, to better understand their Singaporean employers and the community.

The students started a campaign called Heart Speak (@HeartSpeakNUS), which aims to empower migrant workers by inviting them to teach and share their language with Singaporeans instead. In this way, Heart Speak strives to forge deeper integration between Singaporeans and migrant workers through…language.

Bengali language workshops- the Sekha Sessions– were developed. They provide Singaporeans with a free platform to learn conversational Bengali from the migrant workers themselves.

The next Sekha Session will be held on 5th April 2017 (Wednesday), at HealthServe Tai Seng Centre. Engage our cause by following these social media pages at Facebook and Instagram.

This is part of the SocialMedia+SocialGood+SocialChange series, where students from the Social Media module (NM4881A) facilitated by NUS’ Department of Communications and New Media (CNM) were tasked with developing creative, compelling and socially-conscious campaigns. We charts the extraordinary journeys of six groups who share a common dream for social good and social change.

Prof. Mohan Dutta at the National Communication Association Opening Session

On 10 November 2016, Prof Mohan J. Dutta attended the 2016 National Communication Association (NCA) 102nd Annual Convention Opening Session. Together with various other panelists (Lisa A. Flores, University of Colorado, Boulder; Bryant Keith Alexander, Loyola Marymount; University & Billie Murray, Villanova University), he presented the opening talk titled “Putting Bodies on the Line and Words into Action – Celebrating the Joys of, Challenges in, and Opportunities for Civic Engagement.”

Dr. Bryant Keith Alexander has built a career thinking about and embracing queer black bodies moving through the vectors of racism and homophobia; Dr. Mohan Jyoti Dutta has spent the past decade advocating for health care justice in developing nations; Dr. Billie Murray has chronicled her participation in movements for social justice in the wake of Confederate memorializing and in the face of hate speech. A Dean, a Chair, and an Assistant Professor; a colleague from LA, another from Singapore, a third from Philadelphia. While our speakers embody diversity in terms of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and methodology and area expertise, they are united in their commitment to using communication activism for the common good. Come hear their stories from the front lines of change; listen as they engage in spirited dialogue about why communication matters, and how, and to whom; and please lend your voice to our collective celebration of those who put their bodies on the line and words into action. – Source

Watch the 2016 NCA Opening Session talk below:

From Dadri To Kansas, Countering the Politics of Hate

From Dadri To Kansas, Countering the Politics of Hate

In this article, Prof Mohan J. Dutta offers insight into the racist climate that has found new moral fuel in the US, as well as the rising tide of anti-Muslim sentiments among Hindus in India.

“Xenophobia and religious bigotry reproduce themselves on the power of othering. Strategies of identification, categorisation and segregation are deeply embedded in racialised imaginaries. Therefore, to counter these radicalised imaginaries, we must begin by recognising the humanity in the “other,” in recognising the ‘other’ in the ‘us’.”

Read Prof Dutta’s Article Here: