CNM welcomes Dr. Taberez Ahmed Neyazi from Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI)

Taberez Ahmed NeyaziCNM welcomes Dr. Taberez Ahmed Neyazi from Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), New Delhi, India. Dr. Neyazi is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance at JMI.

Before JMI, he held numerous fellowships including: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow at Kyoto University; Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore; and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) fellow at Erfurt University.

His research focuses on political communication, journalism and comparative media, campaigns, digital media, political marketing, survey research and content analysis. He has contributed to several edited volumes and his articles have appeared in International Journal of Press/Politics, Media, Culture and Society, Asian Journal of Political Science, Economic and Political Weekly among others. He co-edited Democratic Transformation and the Vernacular Public Arena in India (Routledge, London, 2014). He also publishes in newspapers and magazines.

Dr. Neyazi is visiting until mid-July 2015

CNM Faculty attend 65th ICA Annual Conference

The International Communication Association (ICA) organised its 65th ICA Annual Conference titled “Communication Across the Life Span”, from 21 – 25 May 2015 at San Juan, Puerto Rico. ICA is an international academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication, with more than 4,500 members in 80 countries. Since 2003, ICA has also been officially associated with the United Nations as a non-governmental association (NGO).

The 4 day conference saw academics from across the world come together to discuss communication related issues and concepts, with the theme of “Communication Across the Life Span” interweaved into the conference programme. CNM’s Associate Professor and Assistant Dean (Research), Lim Sun Sun, was part of the conference’s opening plenary, “Do Communication Technologies Define a Generation”? to discuss ‘whether and how communication technologies shape the contours, capacities, and connections of a generation’. CNM Head and Provost’s Chair Professor, Mohan J.Dutta, Assistant Professor Julian Lin, Assistant Professor Leanne Chang and visiting fellow Dr. Debalina Dutta, were also present at the conference. Apart, from being a platform for academics to exchange and discuss ideas, the conference also provides an opportunity to increase awareness about CNM and NUS at a global level, through faculty representation and contributions.

One more CNM student enters final round of the The Culture Trip Award

Anna Villarica_A0099990EAnna Villarica is a graduating student from CNM who is in the final round of The Culture Trip Award, an international competition run by the travel and culture website The Culture Trip. Anna’s submission to the competition is a short article on her hometown, Philippines.

Anna says that her article is “a love letter to a beautiful place – my hometown, The Philippines.” She hopes that it will inspire people to travel this summer. She adds that “ she would love to spend the rest of her life writing pieces like this, and hopes that readers will help her make that dream come true by viewing her entry. She also encourages readers to comment and share it and conveys her thanks in advance.

Anna’s article will be judged on the number of views received before 20 June 2015. So go ahead, read her article here and show her some support.

New Ways of Thinking about Food Sustainability

CNM graduate student Markéta Dolejšová is documenting a growing interest in food sustainability in the region. In recent months, she co-organized a series of workshops, talks and field trips titled “Squat & Grow” that was focused on DIY food production and alternative ways of food consumption. The series drew food scientists, artists, designers, anthropologists, tinkerers and other food devotees from various cultural and professional backgrounds and was open to the public. There will be a string of initiatives in coming months. One that was just launched in mid-April was the Fermentation GutHub project.

Markéta Dolejšová speaking at “Waving the Banana Talks”, a public discussion held at Edible Gardens Singapore on Freeganism and alternative food systems across cultures

Markéta Dolejšová speaking at “Waving the Banana Talks”, a public discussion held at Edible Gardens Singapore on Freeganism and alternative food systems across cultures

Adeline Seah speaking at “DIYbio and genetic surveillance”, a public discussion and workshop on GMO foods and DIY genetic sequencing at Edible Gardens Singapore

Adeline Seah speaking at “DIYbio and genetic surveillance”, a public discussion and workshop on GMO foods and DIY genetic sequencing at Edible Gardens Singapore

Squat & Grow is an initiative started by NUS students Markéta Dolejšová and Cindy Lin Kaiying, and DIYbio Singapore founding member Adeline Seah. The initiative is supported by Edible Garden City Singapore and Hackerspace SG.

More info at: http://www.facebook.com/events/774736155927468
Contact: squatandgrow@gmail.com

Links to abovementioned initiatives:
DIYbio Singapore (http://diybiosingapore.wordpress.com/)
Edible Garden City Singapore (http://www.ediblegardencity.com/)
Hackerspace SG (http://hackerspace.sg/)
Fermentation GutHub (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1606102762957274/)

A Focus on Foreign Domestic Workers in Singapore

The Center for Cultured-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) held its first ethnographic production, “Respect Our Rights” at the Ngee Ann Kongsi auditorium (U-Town, NUS) on 5 February, 2015. Drawing upon the notion of participatory social change grounded in cultural stories created by participants, the “Respect Our Rights” documentary was produced with 27 foreign domestic workers (FDWs) from the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) and researchers at CARE. The documentary was part of a larger national campaign to raise awareness on domestic worker rights in Singapore.

Professor Dutta in a discussion with the advisory board of FDWs

Professor Dutta in a discussion with the advisory board of FDWs

An image captured through Photovoice, a participatory image-making workshop with FDWs in Singapore

An image captured through Photovoice, a participatory image-making workshop with FDWs in Singapore

Impact: Under the direction of Provost’s Chair Professor Mohan Dutta, CARE has been conducting ethnographic research with FDWs sheltered by HOME, and seeks to understand what they consider to be health and wellbeing during their employment in Singapore. This project stresses the importance of placing the voices of domestic workers at the heart of decision-making. Key problems emphasized served as the impetus for campaign objectives and messaging strategies developed by an advisory board of foreign domestic workers in collaboration with the research and creative team at CARE. The “Respect Our Rights” campaign emerged through the participation of FDWs who wanted to reach out to current and potential employers and policy makers with messages regarding their fundamental human rights.

“Central-Local Government Relations in Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Theory and Evidence from West Bengal, India”

The Department of Political Science’s Lunch Time Series presents the talk “Central-Local Government Relations in Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Theory and Evidence from West Bengal, India”. The speakers are Dr Subhasish Ray, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Professor Mohan J Dutta is Provost’s Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Communications and New Media.

Date:               Tuesday, 12th May 2015

Time:              12.30pm to 2.00pm (Light Refreshments is available at 12.15pm)

Venue:            Block AS1-04-01, PS Staff Meeting Room Department of Political Science

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Do register via email to polsba@nus.edu.sg so that we can cater for food

Synopsis

The role of central-local government relations in post-conflict reconstruction has not been studied systematically in the literature on civil war. We argue that decentralization may be a necessary and unavoidable aspect of any successful program of reconstruction. Our findings are based on an ethnographic study of the emerging political order in a village in the West Midnapore district of the state of West Bengal in India, one of the major “Left Wing Extremism-affected” districts of the country.

Speakers

Dr Subhasish Ray is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at NUS. His research interests fall broadly in the area of ethnic politics. This paper is  part of a collaborative study on the role of local government in post-conflict reconstruction in the so-called Left Wing Extremism-affected regions of India. The project views ethnic identity as a dependent variable and examines how insurgency and counter-insurgency  affects who identifies with whom, when, and why.

Professor Mohan J Dutta is Provost’s Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Adjunct Professor at the Interactive Digital Media Institute (IDMI) at NUS, and Courtesy Professor of Communication at Purdue University. At NUS, he is the Founding Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), directing research on culturally-centered, community-based projects of social change. He teaches and conducts research in international health communication, critical cultural theory, poverty in healthcare, health activism in globalization politics, indigenous cosmologies of health, subaltern studies and dialogue, and public policy and participatory social change.