Posts Tagged ‘conference’

Call for papers: engaging communities

August 19, 2009

The International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University is announcing a two-day graduate / postgraduate conference on the theme of engaging communities, 3rd – 4th December 2009.

This conference will bring together research postgraduates and early-career researchers to share and discuss issues concerning the engagement of communities in relation to heritage, museums and galleries practice, including community-led initiatives.

Call for papers:

Papers may present, but are not limited to, research and / or case studies
concerning:

* engagement of communities through museum, galleries and heritage practice
* community-led projects
* local community involvement with archaeological site management
* projects initiated and steered by local communities
* internet community development and partnerships
* the role of engaging communities when representing difficult histories
* social history studies
* cultural policy-making with an emphasis on engaging communities
* education and learning
* cross-cultural communication
* safeguarding of communal cultural heritage, including intangible cultural expressions

By ‘engaging’ the research ‘community’, this conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on a range of issues, including the following:

The conference will question how, within the research community, do we go about researching ‘communities’ in the context of heritage, museums and galleries? What are the epistemological, theoretical, methodological and ethical issues that frame this field of study? How are current researchers tackling such issues and what can we learn from the different responses
coming out of the various contexts and academic backgrounds that are currently engaged with this research problem? How does the artificial division of fields and disciplines within academic research communities influence the ways in which ‘community’ / ‘communities’ is conceived, conceptualised and studied? How might improving communication and understanding of the range of theoretical and methodological approaches between different ‘disciplines’ in the research community move the field of
communities and heritage, museums and galleries forward?

Deadline for 200 word abstract: September 15th, 2009
Email abstract (word doc) to: engaging2009@googlemail.com

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Documenting diasporic identities: report on the CRONEM conference, 11 June 2009

June 12, 2009

Yesterday, I presented a poster about our work at the annual conference of the Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Migration (CRONEM) at the University of Surrey. The abstract for the poster is available here and the final version can be downloaded here. (Condensing it to A4 size did some funny things to the layout – sorry…).

The aim of our poster was to stimulate a discussion about future research challenges relating to the role of online ‘archives’ in constructing identities in diasporic communities. No one has as yet given us any pointers as to how we might design an appropriate research methodology, but there was a broad consensus that these are important future questions.

An additional reason for attending was to catch up on the latest debates about how societies ‘manage’ diversity. There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about the ‘backlash’ against multiculturalism, a phenomenon which has filtered through to the heritage sector (for example through the side-lining of the Heritage Diversity Task Force at the GLA). Ien Ang, the opening keynote speaker set the tone by taking on this issue right from the start.  She argued that the policy shift needs to be situated not just in the context of 9/11 and its aftermath, but also within the wider framework of neo-liberal globalisation, which has fuelled transnational flows whilst at the same time raising anxieties about diversity in many populations undergoing rapid change. She highlighted the need for social conditions to facilitate conversation and exchange between ‘different’ people, in order to contribute to the ‘normalisation’ of cultural diversity. But she also did not suggest that inter-cultural dialogue was any sort of panacaea: as she put it, “there is no definitive way of resolving the multicultural question,” only “ways of juggling multiple identities.”

This weary (although not necessarily pessimistic) realism seemed to me to characterise many of the arguments I heard, and this seems to me to be a shift from the tone of the discourse of few years back, when ‘cosmopolitanism’ and ‘inter-cultural dialogue’ were being touted as possible paths towards harmonious liberal democracies. Perhaps liberal democracies have also lost some of their sheen; certainly, the erasure of conflict around aspects of identity no longer seems either achievable or, to some, entirely desirable. Amanda Wise for example posed the very pertinent question, drawing on her research into interactions between Muslim and non-Muslim communities in Australia, of just what the best possible outcome looks like? Should we be worried if friendships across cultural divides remain rare, as long as people can find ways to ‘rub along together’ in the workplace, or civic spaces?

The theoretical thread was pursued by Floya Anthias, who offered a ‘thought piece’, rather than research findings. She made a number of useful points, including on the theme of ‘identity’, which she sees as an unhelpful category (as do many others). Instead, she argued, we should consider ‘claims’ people make on ‘representational or distributive resources’ (on the basis of a strategic identity) and the ‘attributions’ that are imposed on members of particular groups. Overall, the emphasis should not be on ‘difference’ per se, but the way ‘identities’ are mobilised to construct boundaries.

One of the most troubling sessions I attended was about citizenship, and specifically the introductin of citizenship ceremonies and education in the UK. Eleni Andreouli, Bridget Byrne and Charlotte Chadderton all seemed to confirm that in both registry offices and the classroom, an implicitly racialised, exclusive notion of ‘Britishness’ is being pushed by registrars and teachers, who have received minimal (if any) training in order to enable them to fulfil their new roles. This is partly because government guidelines have produced a Britishness that is negatively construed; in other words, it is a concept that is presented as having become necessary because our national ‘community’ is experiencing unprecedented threats (from terrorists, benefit cheats, illegal migrants etc.). There is nothing in this formulation to suggest everything that immigrants have contributed to Britain, or indeed that we are all, on some level, immigrants or descendants of immigrants.

The thing that concerned me most however in this respect is the extent to which there is a huge gap between academia and policy; very little of this critique seems to me to feed through to the government agencies in question. This discrepancy is most marked in the area of border controls. Over lunch I discussed this with Dama, a Madagascan musician who was performing that evening and who has been participating in Southampton’s fantastic TNMundi project. However much ‘transcultural capital’ individuals like himself may enjoy, travelling between Europe and Africa across networks of musicians, promoters, producers and so on none of this counts when he has to cross a border into the EU. His immense capital is immediately devalued; few border officials (and the policy-makers who instruct them) speak only the language of threat and control, very often with racist undertones. Social theorists need to work harder to engage a hostile and suspicious audience, it seems to me.

And finally, I experienced a disconcerting turning-of-the-tables when Suzanne Wessendorf presented a paper based on her ethnography of an area of London I know very well, and where I used to live. The tensions she observed across class divides (primarily, rather than ‘race’ or ethnicity) rang very true from my own experience, and I found myself thinking of endless episodes that could have constituted moments from her fieldwork. It is not always comfortable, being the observed rather than the observer, however remotely and it reminded me just how important it is to present findings in the form of a dialogue, rather than an academic judgement if they are to be at all well received.

Mary

Conference Report: Living Cultures: Contemporary Ethnographies of Culture

April 1, 2009

For the last two days I have been at this conference, organised by the Institute for Communication Studies at the University of Leeds. I was there to present a paper setting out how we are using ethnography as a research method for the study of community archives. My paper was entitled ‘Owning the past, imagining the future: towards an ethnography of heritage practices in a community context.’ One reason for presenting the paper was to road-test some ideas for a methodology paper, which we will use to make the case for the extension of ethnographic methods in heritage studies. In my paper I used the following quote from McKemmish et al.:

Archival ethnography could be used to study cultures of documentation, the forms of records and archives, the recordkeeping and archiving processes that shape them, the worldviews made manifest in their systems of classification, the power configurations they reflect, and associated memory and evidence paradigms. (Sue McKemmish, Anne Gilliland-Swetland and Eric Ketelaar, ‘“Communities of Memory”: Pluralising Archival Research and Education Agendas, Archives and Manuscripts 33 (2005): 146-174).

Whilst the agenda they set out is exciting, their statement continues to reflect a set of possibilities, rather than describe an existing research field.

Overall, I was disappointed by the fact not to find more people working on cultural heritage and the ways in which the past is mined by individuals and groups for its symbolic content. There was one paper on museums, but this dealt with visitor responses to contemporary art and the challenge of developing an ethnography of the senses (a theme of the conference, following Les Back’s exhortation in his opening address to a ‘sensuous scholarship’), rather than encounters with historic material. Moreover, my paper did not give rise to much discussion, possibly because there was too much contextual information and not enough of the ethnographic detail that tends to pique the interest of listeners, but also possibly because I spoke first in a panel of four and questions were left to the end… Surprisingly, perhaps the paper that mostly closely echoed my concerns was a paper on the way that nostalgia for a lost golden age of white working-class heroes is used to maintain rugby league as a space of hegemonic whiteness. The consequence, as Stan Timmins put it is a racism that is, “like the wind: you can feel it as a black person, but you can’t see it.” But the vast majority of papers were much more concerned with cultural experience and production in the here and now, rather than the use of the past as a resource.

There was however a lot to take away from a methodological point of view. Here are a few things that I picked up, in no particular order:

¨ No one has, as yet, come up with a satisfactory method for conducting ethnographies of online communities (it’s not just me not knowing where to look!). This wasn’t always explicit in people’s papers, but was discussed quite freely over coffee. Even multi-media scholars are by no means sure how to track web interactions, and are particularly troubled by how to account for ‘passive’ web use, that is to say, visiting pages without necessarily commenting on them (an activity which still fosters identity construction).

¨ The enormous range and potential of non-textual ethnographic output. Over the course of two days I saw photos, video, animation, stills from ‘ethno’-theatre productions and fragments of art installations that all seek to translate research data into new media to facilitate their communication. As a creative practice in its own right ethnography is clearly thriving. I’m not sure how I could use these kinds of methods myself, at least in our current project, where it seems to me that our research participants have certain expectations with regard to our outputs and want us to generate material that offers them some form of institutional legitimation. But it highlight the extent to which ethnographic methods can feed into creative outputs both inside and outside the academy; the only limiting factor is the imagination (and technical skills – I could never shoot photos as carefully lit and composed as some of those I saw) of the researcher.

¨ Ethnography, as a research tool, may only be able to offer limited responses to the question of the ‘social impact’ of culture. This partly derives from the multiple difficulties associated with defining and measuring ‘social impact’, but also from the lack of fit between criteria established by government and what participants themselves value, which is what ethnography seeks to format. A visitor to an exhibition or a gig-goer is not going to tell you what s/he learned or how the visit enhanced their social capital, unless prompted in some very artificial ways. They’re going to tell you how they felt, or what thoughts a performance or image triggered. And it’s hard to squeeze the diversity of these responses into the categories of formal ‘impact’ evaluation. Moreover, as Victoria Foster pointed out in an inspiring presentation on her use of drama with Sure Start families, to engage with ‘impact’ assessment often requires us to use the language of capital, which, even in the Bourdieusian sense, can be deeply uncomfortable, suggesting the reduction of human difference to sets of quantifiable attributes that allow individuals to be situated within a logic of capitalist production, or as “means to an end” rather than an end in themselves (a point Foster illustrated with reference to the work of Kathleen Lynch).

¨ Following on from this, the importance of ‘attentive listening’ (as characteristic of ethnography) was emphasized on several occasions (not least by Les Back). However, as we were reminded in the closing plenary session, attentive listening does not just mean sympathetic nodding in agreement; it also means opening up critique, both in the conventional sense of deconstructing the worldview of participants but also in terms of challenging academic colleagues and allowing contrasting interpretations not just to coexist but sometimes actively to clash.

¨ Through a commitment to listening ethnography may yet do something that, in Les Back’s view theories of ethnicity and difference have thus far spectacularly failed to do and that is “to provide robust descriptions” of how people live “across difference”, a point he illustrated with reference to a south-east London market trader, who happily reconciled his laments for a lost white working-class with his children’s marriages to foreigners and cheerful interactions with his customers from all over the world. (Back’s work I think will be essential holiday reading before I start with Eastside…)

¨ And finally, generating these descriptions, whatever form they may take, also needs, to be fun. As Victoria Foster, citing Peter Reason, noted, the questions we should be asking of our research are, fundamentally “What injustice and suffering does it address?” but also “What joy does it bring?”

In the plenary session mention was also made of the fact that few of the papers had referenced ethnographic precedents. I’m fairly confident I’ve read everything in archival ethnography (not hard!), and I’ve yet to read anything that matches Georgina Born’s Rationalizing Culture (see my post on it here) for sound empirical research linked to serious intellectual work (Born was sadly unable to make the conference due to ill health, to everyone’s great disappointment) but nevertheless, I came away with a number of ideas for reading, based on citations from papers:

Back, Les, New ethnicities and urban culture: racisms and multiculture in young lives. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 1996.

Burawoy, Michael eds, Global ethnography: forces, connections, and imaginations in a postmodern world, Berkeley, Calif. ; London : University of California Press, 2000.

eds Reason, Peter and Hilary Bradbury, The handbook of action research: participative inquiry and practice, London : SAGE, 2001.

Stewart, Kathleen, Ordinary affects, Durham, N.C.; London: Duke University Press, 2007.

A space on the side of the road : cultural poetics in an “other” America, Princeton: Princeton University Press,1996.

And for a long time I’ve been wanting to read Danny Miller’s latest book, The comfort of things, Cambridge: Polity, 2008. (Although in the current circumstances Miller, Daniel, Capitalism: an ethnographic approach, Oxford ; Washington, D.C : Berg , 1997 might be a better place to start…).

All additional suggestions gratefully received…

Call for papers: Well-being and Place

December 8, 2008

This call for papers does not explicitly mention heritage, but I image papers on this theme would be welcomed.

Well-being and Place: an International Conference

7th -9th April 2009, Durham University, United Kingdom

Organised and hosted by the Centre for the Study of Cities & Regions and the Social Wellbeing and Spatial Justice research cluster of the Department of Geography at Durham University in collaboration with the University’s Wolfson Research Institute.

Keynote speakers

Andrew Simms, Policy Director, New Economics Foundation

Professor Tim Blackman, Director, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University

Call for papers

Over the last ten years the targets of policy have expanded beyond the purely material and economic to embrace more subjective dimensions of human flourishing. Amongst a range of terms that have entered policy debates, ‘well-being’ has perhaps gained the greatest currency, incorporating both physical and cognitive elements and applied across individual and collective scales of analysis. It is clear that the definition, experience and determinants of well-being will vary in different kinds of places. However, the complex ways in which place and well-being interact remain relatively under-researched and under-theorised.

This conference will draw together research that explicitly links well-being and place. It will advance knowledge and stimulate future directions that are both creative intellectually and timely for contemporary policy debates. The organisers would like to include research from a range of different scales of analysis, across different substantive domains and from both policy-linked and more explorative approaches. The concept of place can be interpreted broadly from geographical locations (urban, rural, city, nation), everyday settings (home, work, school, street, leisure centres) and different scales (individual to international).

We welcome contributions from the academic and policy communities that focus on the relationship between well-being and place, broadly defined. The themes for the sessions will include:

· Home and well-being

· Theory, methods and ethics of well-being

· Transitions: well-being across this life course and the next

· Therapeutic places and unhealthy spaces

· Busy with a purpose; the importance of doing nothing

· Well-being in motion: flows, networks, relations

Abstracts (200 words) for paper presentations and proposals for panel discussions can be submitted up to 30th November 2008. Please send to Sara Fuller: s.k.fuller@durham.ac.uk. More details are available on the conference website.

Volunteers in Heritage Learning

October 17, 2008

Title: Volunteers in Heritage Learning
Location: British Museum
Description: From the Group for Education in Museums:

This conference will explore the wide range of ways that heritage organisations are working with volunteers of all ages and from all backgrounds on learning programmes. The day will be a mix of speakers, case studies and workshops with time for reflection, discussion and planning … and it is our aim to make it challenging.

Programme and more details here.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2008-10-30
End Time: 16:15

The Making and Remaking of Memory after 1945: symposium

October 13, 2008

Title: The Making and Remaking of Memory after 1945
Location: The Cinema, School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPD.
Description: From the Cultural Memory JISCmail. Sessions on oral history and memory in the museum may be of interest to readers of this blog:

Convenors:
Gabriel Koureas g.koureas@bbk.ac.uk
Sue Malvern s.b.malvern@reading.ac.uk

Programme

1.00 – 3.00 pm

Caroline Attan, North London Arts, Broken Lines of Communication

Isabel Schropper, IGRS, A question of reliability: The use of fragmented memories in Oral History

Katherina Hoffmann, Oldenburg, “After 88 years, the Red Baron is flying high again”: Myths and Forms of Remembering in Families.

Silke Arnold-de Simine, Birkbeck The boom of the Memory Museum

3.30 -6.00pm

Tom Allbeson, Durham, A Vision of Britain: Photographs of the City in Discourses of Post-War Reconstruction.

Dominic Williams, Reading and Leeds ‘A true image of my mind’: Wyndham Lewis’s Post-War Portrayal of his Pre-War Politics.

Jens Anderman, Birkbeck, Returning to the Sites of Horror: The Recovery of Clandestine Concentration Camps in Argentina.

Sue Malvern, Reading, Remembering protest

Gabriel Koureas, Birkbeck, Remembering war in the museum space

6- 6.30 pm Drinks and discussion
Respondents: Astrid Schmetterling, Goldsmiths and Gabriel Koureas

ALL WELCOME

For more information:
Gabriel Koureas, School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media, Birkbeck
Email: g.koureas@bbk.ac.uk
Telephone: 0207 6316129
Start Time: 13:00
Date: 2008-10-24
End Time: 18:30

Call for Papers: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Caribbean and its Diasporas

October 10, 2008

Seen on the BASA mailing list. There’s definitely potential for an interesting discussion on archives and identity, possibly even a panel, especially given the recent developments (e.g. Rivington Place, BCA etc.). Mary.

CALL FOR PAPERS

An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Caribbean and its Diasporas

MEMORY/POSTMEMORY, MUSIC & IDENTITY:
The Construction of a Diasporic Black West Indian Experience

Saturday 25th April, 2009

Centre for Translation & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Warwick
Coventry, United Kingdom

This is an interdisciplinary conference that seeks to analyze how the shifting boundaries, sense of dislocation, and loss of rootedness are grounded into the construction of the urban transnational Black West Indian identity. Yaad/Yard-Hip Hop characterizes this identity through the post-immigration generation, who found themselves “locked symbiotically in an antagonistic relationship” between their parent/s’ memories of home and their understanding of self within the socio-political context of Britain and the United States. The aim of this conference is to initiate a scholarly interchange between disciplines, in ways that will critically analyze the intersection of memory/rememory/postmemory and popular culture in the construction of the Black West Indian experience in Britain and the United States between the 1960s and the 1990s.
Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Geography and identity
  • Race/ethnicity/national/dual identities
  • Migration, ethnic diasporas, translocal communities
  • Place and space
  • Music-reggae/dancehall and rap/hip-hop
  • Popular culture
  • Memory/rememory/postmemory
  • Photography
  • Film
  • Music Videos
  • Dance
  • Gender, sexuality, and the Black body
  • Nation language
  • Politics of location

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION:

  • Please submit a working title and a brief abstract of 250-300 words
  • An abbreviated CV
  • Your institutional affiliation, phone number, and e-mail address
  • A statement of your audio/visual needs, if necessary
  • Send all materials electronically as attachments to the contact listed below;


Abstract Due: 31st December 2008 (250-300 words)

Essay Due: 16th March 2009 (MLA style, 8-10 pages)
Conference paper presentations are limited to 20 minutes.

Submit to: La Tasha Brown
Centre for Translation & Comparative Cultural Studies
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
Tele.: +44 (0) 24 7652 3655; Fax: +44 (0) 24 7652 4468
E-mail: LaTasha.Brown@warwick.ac.uk

The authors will be notified about their conference acceptance by February 2, 2009. The final copy of the essay will be due by March 16, 2009. Submissions and questions should be directed to LaTasha.Brown@warwick.ac.uk.

Study day on ‘immigration archives’ (in French)

October 3, 2008

Title: Study day on ‘immigration archives’ (in French)
Location: Archives et Bibliothèque départementales Gaston Defferre, 18-20 rue Mirès, Marseille
Description: I missed this study day but it’s interesting to note what’s going on in France. The terminology is particularly interesting. Rather than ‘community archives’ in France the focus is on ‘immigration archives’ i.e. archives that document the arrival and subsequent history in France of different communities. What would the consequences be if we applied this terminology in the UK? The problem of course is that it risks defining members of diverse communities permanently as ‘immigrants’ i.e. perpetual outsiders. It creates difficulties in talking about populations who held the nationality of the host nation at the time of their arrival, e.g. migrants from the Caribbean. What would the impact be on visual and performing arts archives?

The programme for the study day (in French) is available here.
Date: 2008-09-26

Mary

‘Curioser and Curioser’: 6th annual LGBT history and archives conference

October 1, 2008

Title: ‘Curioser and Curioser’: 6th annual LGBT history and archives conference
Location: London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HB
Description: CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER SATURDAY 6 DECEMBER 2008
9.30am – 4.30pm £10 / £7.50 London Metropolitan Archives, 40, Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HB

BOOKING: Call on 020 7332 3851 or send a cheque for the correct amount payable to the City of London to LMA Interpretation at the above address, clearly indicating the event for which you are booking and including contact details.

FURTHER INFORMATION: ask.lma@cityoflondon.gov.uk

LGBT history and heritage ideas are going from strength to strength. But what are the challenges around collecting, conserving and communicating the history of LBGT people and who and what is that history for? Come and join us for a day of talks, Q&A sessions and workshops and find out more.

Over the years LGBT communities have seen the development of a number of initiatives which set out to record, collect, celebrate and give access to important community histories. A lot of hard work has resulted in some highly successful projects, a number of which will be marked on the day. But there is always room for debate and this year’s conference sets out to open up some important questions.

Heritage Versus History. ‘Heritage’ is a term with real currency but do we want to be drawn into the ‘Heritage’ machine. Do modern heritage agendas reshape and distort history?

Preaching to the Converted? What are the histories for and who is being reached?

Why do you want my stuff? Approaches to gathering histories – can these help or hinder? Collection? What collection?

Raising Awareness or Provoking a Reaction? Have history based initiatives really changed things?

The day will explore a range of projects old and new and consider how different approaches to recording, collecting and making accessible meet the needs of the depositor, the community and those wanting to learn more from the material. Important debates will be raised about the effectiveness of the current use and exploitation of ‘heritage’ as a means of social engineering , information exchange and revisiting / reshaping the past and the impact such approaches might have on a more formal view of history.

CONTRIBUTORS:

Proud Heritage HOW PROUD ARE BRITAIN’S MUSEUMS, GALLERIES AND ARCHIVES?
Shropshire Archives Some People Are Gay. Get Over IT! LGBT History KS3 school project.
Brighton OurStory SODOMY AND SUFFRAGE – The joys and perils of preparing for an important new exhibition

Plas Newydd A MOST EXTRAORDINARY AFFAIR – Interpreting the legendary Ladies of Llangollen

Imperial War Museum North MILITARY PRIDE – Presenting personal experiences of military life.
Nottinghamshire’s Rainbow Heritage RUFUS WAINWRIGHT RELATED TO ROBIN HOOD…? – NHR\’s community heritage website

PLUS: The Women’s Library – Civil Partnership Project; rukus!Federation – SHARING TONGUES BLGBT HISTORIES; The National Archives / LMA – OUT THERE PORTAL; Kairos in Soho – BUILDING A SPACE; LGBT History Month / School’s Out – workshop; Hall-Carpenter Archives – PROJECT UPDATES; untoldlondon – STALL
Start Time: 09:30
Date: 2008-12-06
End Time: 16:30

Conference on digitial diasporas

August 4, 2008

I recently saw this conference advertised through the Media Anthropology Network. It’s taking place in Columbia in less than three weeks’ time (so it’s unrealistic to suggest that anyone reading this might go) but some of the papers looks very interesting. Although they all touch on the issue none of them seem to be discussing diasporic online community archives. It would be interesting I think to hear more about the role of social networking specifically around cultural heritage in the construction of identity.

Mary.

FIRST INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON DIGITAL DIASPORAS

We are living an historic moment in which the basic organization of relations in society has been enormously impacted by the possibility, for the first time in history, of establishing real-time communications across the world.

In this context, the circumstances of interaction, particularly those generated by Internet, have allowed “digital diasporas” to mushroom, as cyberspace configurations for social groups of people who are geographically scattered but sharing some common national background.

This makes it relevant to create an opportunity for reflection on the subject, approaching the construction of distance networks and communities, their relationships with the place of origin and impact on that place. This implies reflection on relations which transnational social networks have with ideas of culture, identity and development.

OBJECTIVES

Gain experiences from around the world in the engagement of migrants through the use of the Internet and hold an academic discussion on the subject. Provide tools to facilitate work in the construction of digital networks

in the country of origin and outside it. Disseminate the experience of RedEsColombia as a model for the management of a system of social networks and obtain inputs (theoretical and empirical) to orientate their development.

Further information

PROGRAM

THURSDAY 21 AUGUST

Place: Auditorio Mutis, Universidad del Rosario

7:00 Arrival and registration

8:00 Installation.

Speakers: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Head of Mission, IOM, Direction of Consular Affairs and Colombian communities abroad Coordinator of Colombia Nos Une

9:00 Presentation of the project RedEsColombia

10:15 Coffee

10:30 “Culture and policy in the use of ICTs: Nation, Community, and networks”

Speaker: Arturo Escobar

PANEL 1: Construction of the distance community and its relations with the place of origin

11:45 “Living in Cybernetic Space: electronic diaspora and individual identity”

Panelista: Ananda Mitra

12:30 Lunch (free)

Continuation of PANEL 1

14:30 “A bridge to home: Internet and New Forms of Interaction in Emigrant Communities”

Panelist: Celene Navarrete

15:15 “Linking Argentinians to the world: ICT community networks, civil society in the era of knowledge”.

Panelist: Alejandro Prince

16:00 Comentators: Gerardo Ardila and William Mejia

PANEL 2: The impact of the digital diaspora on the place of origin

17:00 “Diaspora, cyberspace and citizenship: new political times and places”.

Panelist: Victoria Bernal

18:00 Close of day’s sessions

FRIDAY 22 AUGUST

Place: Auditorio Mutis, Universidad del Rosario.

Continuation of PANEL 2: The impact of the digital diaspora on the place of origin

8:00 “Diasporas: threads of a new fabric curing the digital fracture”

Panelist: Jean Baptiste Meyer

8:45 “Marketing the Philippines as “Home” and Business: Solidifying the

Diasporic Identity and Economic Security through the Internet and Filipino Channel”

Panelist: Emily Noelle Ignacio

9:30 Comentators: Andrés Salcedo and Maria Claudia Duque

10:15 Coffee

10:30 Working group I (academic)

12:45 Lunch (free)

2:30 Working Group II (creation of networks)

4:30 Working Group III (international)

18:00 Close of symposium