Humanitarian communication in a mediatized, post-factual world

Joint seminar Danish Institute for Study Abroad & ComDev New Media, ICT & Development course, 14 September 2017


  1. Tobias Denskus, DPhil., Senior Lecturer Communication for Development, Malmö University, Sweden
  2. Michael Krona, PhD., Senior Lecturer Media and Communication Studies, Malmö University, Sweden
  3. Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen, Denmark (founded in 1959)
  4. Development & humanitarian communication is changing...

  5. ...from colonial documentaries in 1944...
  6. contemporary advocacy campaigns in 2014...
  8. From the academic macro view...
  9. the complex realities of daily news
  10. “When things are familiar, like the back of an ambulance, it brings the event right up to our nose. When we focus on a detail, we can process it. This photo isolates a moment. One moment that we are shocked by because of its stillness. He is not looking at anything. He is in shock. It is almost worse that he does not appear seriously injured. What it says is that he was pulled out of hell and that others were not. He experienced something that did this to him. Not tears or screams but shock. No response. It is personal. There is no cultural barrier, no space between this boy and us. At the same time, he is a symbol. We know he is not unique, that there are terrible things happening all over.” (NYT Insider)
  11. Refugees, journalists & activists in Idomeni at the Greek-Macedonian border, March 2016
  12. 1. Campaigning and advocacy

  13. "In complex systems, where organizations and ideas are constantly rising and falling, the best unit of analysis may not be the project, but the individual. Why don’t NGOs do more to support people not projects (scholarships, more investment in leadership)?"