The Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) will be holding three public events, as an extension of the CARE Conference which is from 6-8 January 2016 and titled “Communication for Social Change: Intersections of Theory and Praxis”. The events are open to public and no registration fee is required to participate.
If you are interested in participating in any of these events, please register at the following link and indicate which event(s) you will be attending: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yQua_6hKH60wy4JWZCATAa9L9qHT_Hif0Fod8-8uae4/viewform
For more details contact Ms Naomi Tan (CARE) at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE COMMUNITY MEDIA TRUST OF THE DECCAN DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY (DDS), INDIA: HOW DO NON-LITERATE AND SOCIOECONOMICALLY MARGINALIZED RURAL WOMEN IN INDIA FIND THEIR VOICE THROUGH COMMUNITY MEDIA?
This workshop by Community Media Trust of the Deccan Development Society will show how community video and radio has given voice to the non-literate and socio-economically marginalized rural women in India. The CMT started in October 2001 in direct response to the demands of thousands of very poor, Dalit women who wanted their unrecognized voices to be heard and acknowledged by the outside world. It works with women’s sanghams (voluntary village level associations of the poor) in about 75 villages of Medak District, Telangana, where the official media were seen to be dominated by commercial and political actors whose interests conflict with those of rural communities and their environments. In an initial experiment led by the DDS, efforts were made to equip a group of 10 women with the skills to handle video filmmaking. They have brought fresh perspectives into filmmaking. Today, through their films, radio programmes, and ways of working, the women of the CMT have engaged with their own communities and other actors in debates over food and seed sovereignty, and control over natural resources, the market, and the media.
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COMMUNICATIVE INVERSIONS: VIOLENCE, MARKETS, AND NEOLIBERALISM. A PHOTO NARRATIVE BY JULIO ETCHART & DR. MOHAN J. DUTTA
Communicative inversions are communication strategies that are deployed to achieve the exact opposite of what is articulated in the inversion. In this collection, through images and representations, we critically interrogate communicative inversions in symbolic representations of events that punctuate the crucial moments of neoliberalism. Whereas some of these moments are dramatic in their performance, other events are more mundane, parts of everyday living and everyday life. These communicative inversions are symbolically violent, in their disruption of truth claims and in the very act of achieving these distortions through inversion. The exhibits represented in this collection are drawn from ethnographic fieldwork accounts conducted at the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) accompanied by earlier photographic work conducted by the photojournalist Julio Etchart, who spent two years with CARE from 2014 to 2015. The narrative accounts presented here are drawn from fieldwork notes in the book “Neoliberal Health Organizing” by Dr. Dutta.
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BEYOND PARTICIPATION: MOVING TOWARDS PEOPLE’S VIDEO – CLOSING KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY MR P.V. SATHEESH, DIRECTOR OF THE DECCAN DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY (DDS)
Listening and engaging in dialogue with structurally and communicatively marginalized communities are considered central to communication for social change. Yet, several studies show that even in “participatory” projects, community voices are frequently appropriated to pursue agendas already set by knowledge gatekeepers to serve their interests. The voices of subaltern communities continue to be silenced and erased in these politics of social change. How then can we ensure that academics, social activists, and field practitioners authentically listen and privilege community voices in projects for social change? How can current participatory projects be reshaped so that they remain accountable and relevant to community members they serve? What are the challenges for, and ways to, building community-academic partnerships? Based on topics and issues raised in CARE’s three-day conference on Communication for Social Change: Intersections of Theory and Praxis, Mr P. V. Satheesh will deliver a closing keynote address tying together a wide range of dialogues and conversations between academics and practitioners, demonstrating how we can move towards a new politics of social change.
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