Doctoral student Satveer Kaur has recently been selected for the Fox International Fellowship Program (FIFP) at Yale University. The Fox International Fellowship is a graduate student exchange program between Yale and 19 world-renowned partner universities, including NUS. The Fellowship is awarded to graduate students who have the potential to become leaders in fields that are policy significant, historically informed, socially meaningful and interested in developing scholarly knowledge to respond to the world’s most pressing challenges. The Fellowship also seeks to enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries by promoting international scholarly exchanges and collaborations among the fellows.
“I am deeply honoured to have been nominated by the department to put in my application for the Yale Fox Fellowship and to have received news of my successful application thereafter. The program brings together scholars from different fields working on issues that impact society globally, by creating interdisciplinary spaces for intellection and dialogue. The Fox fellows have already started touching base, and what has been evident is the many scholars undertaking meaningful research that significantly impacts society. I look forward most to meeting different stakeholders, auditing relevant classes at Yale, and presenting my research on migration to my colleagues”, says Satveer.
CNM wishes you the very best, Satveer!
Students from the module NM4211- Online Journalism taught by Ms Tan Ee Lyn, are busy writing articles on Singapore’s first Olympic gold by Joseph Schooling. First up, is an article on Schooling’s return to Singapore and how he was greeted by excited Singaporeans.The article is written by Natasha Kleinman, who is an MOE Teaching Award scholar, and in her third year of studies majoring in Communications and New Media (and minoring in Theatre Studies).
“There was a very tight window to prepare and produce my article on Schooling’s homecoming, so this experience challenged me to think fast and have a clear focus. Amidst jostling with the crowd taking pictures and videos, through the interviews I conducted with people of different ages and backgrounds, I could see that they had a huge amount of respect for Schooling and his parents. They were genuinely inspired by his historic feat and were more than willing to sacrifice some sleep to show their support”, says Kleinman
“For this event, Ms. Tan encouraged me to prepare some material such as interview questions, be mentally prepared for the crowd, and always put my safety first”, she adds. Kleinman is looking forward to attending today’s press conference, and is excited about writing another article on this. Read Kleinman’s article here.
Prof Raka Shome has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society, Villanova University, Pennsylvania. The grant is awarded for Prof Shome’s research titled ‘Spectacular Nationalism and Contemporary India’.
Each year, the Waterhouse Family Institute funds research conducted by scholars across the world, based on the emphasis the research gives to communication and those that engage communication and its impact on the world and ability to create social change. The WFI Research Grants are selectively awarded and Prof Shome’s reserach has been awarded the maximum grant amount to support her research.
Prof Shome’s research attempts to understand the ways in which a spectacular nationalism is being produced in contemporary India and the ways in which it functions to produce a new national pride that is articulated in relation to the global while reifiying hardened logics of nagtionalism. Through a focus on many media campaigns as well as the circulation of commodities that are being rebranded through revivalist “Indian” logic, Prof Shome attempts to offer an extended theory of spectacular nationalism (as opposed to nationalism as just spectacle)– especially in the context of current India. She also attempts to trace the linkage between this spectacular nationalism and the overt and invisible discourses of Hindutva that are being normalized by the spectacular logic of contemporary Indian nationalism.
Congratulations, Prof Shome!
With the recent advances of mobile and ubiquitous computing technology, we are now having a number of opportunities to create novel interactive applications fit to people’s daily life and specific needs. In this talk, I will share my experiences in designing and implementing novel interactive systems and applications, including mobile hand gesture interaction platform, exergaming platform for swimmers, and games for anxiety reduction using living plants. This talk will highlight several lessons learned from these design, implementation and evaluation processes, from the perspectives of mobile systems and human-computer interaction (HCI).
About the Speaker
Taiwoo Park is an Assistant Professor in Department of Media and Information of Michigan State University. He received Ph.D. from Computer Science Department of KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) in 2014. Dr. Park explores mobile and ubiquitous interactive application and system design, from the viewpoint of user experience and motivation. He believes that true pervasive computing should begin from closely scrutinizing moments of people’s daily and social life, and among these moments, he enjoys to find ‘sweet spots’ to be interweaved with cutting-edge technologies. His recent works have been presented at several premier conferences including ACM CHI, MobiSys, SenSys, UbiComp, and CSCW.
Date: 1st July 2016 (Friday)
Venue: Blk. AS6, #-03-38 – CNM PLAY ROOM
Dr. Joyce Duckles (University of Rochester), Mr. George Moses and Mr. Ryan Van Alstyne from New York share about their research and work in the areas of community engagement and development.
Melody Lee’s video titled ‘Falling in Love with the Human Touch’, won a consolation prize in the video competition organised as part of the Sharing ASEAN Project. The competition was organised in late 2015, by the Ministry of Information and Communications of Vietnam and managed by the Media Development Authority of Singapore, with the aim of capturing the traditions, lifestyles and culture of ASEAN countries.
Melody was in her final semester of studies and studying the Photographic and Video Storytelling module, when the opportunity to take part in this competition came by. The knowledge she acquired from this module, helped her in putting the winning video together. “Beyond the technical skills of film production, I was able to explore social issues on the ground, by speaking directly to the people affected, such as single mothers and elderly workers. Although this video was not produced as a module deliverable, it was filmed with skills and opportunities garnered from the module. The module enabled me to feed my interest for on-the-ground social issues, as well as do something about them – in terms of being a voice, advocating for change, through our videos produced and published on Inconvenient Questions,” says Melody.
Her video submission was based on life on the island of Pulau Ubin, which is often dubbed as Singapore’s ‘dying town’. With only about 38 residents and physically disconnected from the modernised and digitally connected mainland, Melody felt that this quaint island depicted an alternate perspective to Singapore. She observed that although the island was far removed from the digital world, human connection was very strong. “You grab a taxi on through speaking to the locals, and not through booking one on your phone. You enter shops, not just to get your thirst and hunger quenched, but you ask after shipowner’s day, how they’ve been. Residents’ homes aren’t gated and padlocked, but doors lay wide open, beckoning you to drop by and have a chat. They say Ubin is a ‘dying town’, I’d say its alive with human connection,” adds Melody.
Watch Melody’s video here.
‘Roti for Homies’ a CNM student-led project recently won the “Kindred Spirits” certificate from the Singapore Kindness Movement, for being a kindness advocate. The project is the brain child of Honami Lam, who came up with the idea to reach out to homeless people in Singapore, after she listened to the woes of a homeless person one day.
Honami was a student in Asst Prof Elmie Nekmat’s class ‘Topics in Media Studies: Social Media’, which focuses on social media theories and strategies to carry out impactful projects aimed at addressing issues in the community. Honami and her group of classmates used crowdfunding and crowd sourcing strategies to raise donations and recruit volunteers. They campaigned for the project on Facebook and also used it to document their interactions and stories that were shared by the homeless people. The group used the donations to buy basic food and necessities that were delivered by volunteers to homeless people in various locations in Singapore, over a period of time.
Asst Prof Elmie (right), with some of the group members from Roti for Homies
Prof Mohan J. Dutta was awarded the International Communication Association (ICA) Applied/Public Policy Research Award, at this year’s ICA Annual Conference held in Fukuoka, Japan from 9th to 13th June. The ICA Applied/Public Policy Research Award honors a scholar or group of researchers who have produced a systematic body of research in communication studying a particular applied or policy problem for the betterment of society.
The award is a recognition of Prof Dutta’s decade-long collaborations with marginalized communities in developing the culture-centered approach as a framework for addressing needs voiced by members of marginalized communities, for developing participatory processes for structural transformation through grassroots-driven advocacy, for fostering communication infrastructures for listening to community voices, and for co-constructing knowledge claims from the global margins. Under the umbrella of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) that he directs at NUS, Prof Dutta has developed partnerships with communities that work toward addressing locally articulated and contextually constituted solutions such as building cultural resources of health and wellbeing, building healthcare services, building locally-based agricultural systems rooted in indigenous knowledge, developing culturally-centered communication campaigns, and creating policy advocacy tools that center the voices of marginalized community members in policy spaces.
Prof Dutta receiving the Award at the 66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association held in Fukuoka, Japan on 11 June 2016.
Prof Dutta (right, seated) with other CNM faculty members and graduate students at the ICA Conference 2016
The organising committee of CNM Camp 2016 is recruiting for OGLs and Councillors. Those interested can sign up here
Want to have a meaningful summer experience? Opportunity knocks! Sign up to be an OGL or a Councillor for our upcoming CNM Masters Camp 2016, and you’ll have the chance to forge new friendships and create unforgettable memories! The camp will be from 25-28 July 2016. All majors are welcome!
CNM-CARE invites you to the screening of the award-winning documentary film ‘Cotton for my Shroud’. The documentary focuses on the Agrarian crises in India and their Human Rights dimension. The film is one in the trilogy of films; the other two being ‘Candles in the wind’ and ‘I cannot give you my Forest’.
The films are the works of independent filmmakers and media-trainers Nandan Saxena & Kavita Bahl with over 40 films to their credit, many of them feature-length. After their Masters in World Literature and a diploma in journalism, they worked as journalists in print and television for seven years, in what they call their previous life. In 1996, they quit their jobs to follow their dreams. Over two decades into filmmaking, their films are poignant portraits of these times, often blurring the thin line between documentary and cinema. Do join us for the screening.
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