Event 1: Understanding Marginality, UK

This first event of e-Voices: Redressing Marginality will be held in Bournemouth, UK, from January 16 to January 18. The event is structured in two days of team working and one day dedicated to an open symposium. Key objective for Event 1 is introducing the key themes and issues with a view to moving forward on these in subsequent network events.

An Open Event will be held on January 17, hosting interactive sessions from academics and practitioners working with digital media and issues of marginalisation.

:: Have a look at the PROGRAM

:: REGISTER to the open event

The following speakers will present during the day:

Dr. Paula Callus is a senior lecturer at the National Centre of Computer Animation at Bournemouth University. She holds a PHD in "Sub-Saharan African Animation" from The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and has published on animation from this region. Previous experience includes educational consultancy and training for UNESCO's “Africa Animated” projects and compiling animation programs for various festivals such as Africa in Motion (Edinburgh), Cambridge African Film Festival, Meknes Animation Festival (Morroco), Africa at the Pictures (London).  ​

Mr Nabil Eid, TCF/Sparklab: is a strategic leader with a successful record of accomplishments and experiences by using (ICTs), with a great deal of dedication and vision. A public administration education background, he has held a variety of ICT4D positions in different sectors - Education, Capacity Building, Training Approach and Social Entrepreneurship. He has contributed in many national regional and global initiatives with the global organizations. Author of several books related to the use of ICT4D disadvantaged communities.

Dr Andrea Medrado is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Communication and at the Postgraduate Programme in Media and Everyday life of Federal Fluminense University (UFF), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Community Communication and Alternative Media Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). She has extensive experience conducting research in Brazilian favelas, analysing the impacts of the recent mega events on marginalised communities. Prior to returning to her native Brazil, she has also worked as a lecturer and researcher at various universities in the UK.

Ms Elettra Pellanda joined PositiveNegatives in early 2017, after completing her MA in Arts and Archaeology at SOAS, University of London. She is currently training as the PositiveNegatives manager and is involved in production and coordination of the organisational portfolio. Elettra also develops educational content to be used in conjunction with PositiveNegatives' comics and animations for Why Comics? Education Charity.

Mr Miguel Raimilla, TCF/Sparklab: Innovator and social entrepreneur. An experienced consultant, executive director, facilitator, and mentor. Founder of several international technology-internet projects, social enterprises, and multilateral partnerships.

Dr Renata Souza is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Postgraduate Programme in Media and Everyday life of Federal Fluminense University, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has earned her Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She currently works as the Chief of Staff for a City Councillor in Rio de Janeiro. Renata has extensive experience as a human rights activist and as a community journalist. She was born and is a resident of Favela da Maré in Rio de Janeiro.

Prof Jo Tacchi is Professor of Media and Creative Industries and Associate Dean Research at Loughborough University in London. She is a media anthropologist interested in issues of voice, listening and engagement. Her recent co-authored books are Evaluating Communication for Development: A Framework for Social Change (2013, Routledge) and Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practice (2016, Sage).

Prof Tim Unwin is UNESCO Chair in ICT4D and Emeritus Professor of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London.  Between 2011 and 2015 he served as Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, and he was appointed Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by the Queen in 2016 in recognition of his work for and in Commonwealth countries.

Ms Eve Wagema is a Project Manager whose experience in Development Management is spread across various fields, her current focus being in Artivism with PAWA254; an Art and Media hub in Nairobi. Her current role focuses on livelihood development of creatives and the use of their diverse art forms to speak into governance, constitutionalism and service delivery in Kenya. She is a LSE PfAL fellow whose current research interest is focussed on measuring the Creative Economy in East Africa.

Ms Sara Wong joined the PositiveNegatives team in October 2016. She has just completed her Master's degree in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, with a dissertation on collective culture/the arts and social change. Sara is engaged in fieldwork, research and impact, and she also contributes to creation and update of educational resources for Why Comics? Education Charity.

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