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    DSH - Masterclasses: International and Intercultural Communication / Diaspora, migration and the media

    Tuesday, 29 October, 2019 - 10:00
    Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus
    Master Class

    Name(s) of the organizer(s)
    Yazan Badran (yazan.badran@vub.be)

    Kevin Smets (Kevin.smets@vub.be)

    Research group: SCOM

    Inter-university activity? UGent

    Name and affiliation of external member(s) (if applicable):

    Melis Mevsimler, Utrecht University

    David Ongenaert, Gent University

    Elke Mahieu, Gent University

    Contact person:
    Yazan Badran
    Email of contact person: Yazan.Badran@vub.be


    The two masterclasses are organized in collaboration between the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Ghent University with support from ECREA sections International and Intercultural Communication (IIC) and Diaspora, migration and the media (DMM). The two masterclasses precede and will take place in the context of the international conference, “Digital Fortress Europe: Exploring Boundaries between Media, Migration and Technology”, to be held in Brussels the following day.

    The first masterclass is organized and supported by DMM and the VUB. It will be chaired by Prof. dr. Myria Georgious (London School of Economics, United Kingdom) and Dr. Donya Alinejad (Utrecht University, Netherlands).

    The second masterclass is organized and supported by IIC, UGent and the VUB. It will be chaired by Dr. Kate Wright (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom).


    The aim of the masterclasses is for young scholars to find their own voice and mark their urgent contributions to the fields of International and Intercultural Communication and Diaspora, migration and the media. The interdisciplinary themes discussed will be of great interest to many PhD students from the VUB and beyond. Considering the young and interdisciplinary nature of these fields and the changing landscape of media and communication technologies, it is crucial for young researchers to situate themselves in relation to existing literature and research, as well as to explore new ways of thinking about our respective research topics. This year’s activity does not only give young scholars an opportunity to get feedback from internationally acclaimed scholars and peers, but it also aims to provide them with a set of tools which will help to think thoroughly about their own unique contribution to the field.

    Each masterclass is open for ten participants. The general schedule for each masterclass is as follows:

    1.         Morning session:  An introduction by the chair(s). Participants present their research project and get feedback from the chairs. Overall, the session aims to help the researchers to identify their strengths and weaknesses, situate themselves better within the field and be more precise about the main outcome and contribution of their research.

    2.         Afternoon session: Remaining presentations by participants. Followed by group activities which will focus on the most effective ways to address limitations of our research, to present our findings/analysis and to think together about how we can ensure that our research projects are relevant and distinctive.

    Description of the activity: Two parallel masterclasses, with PhD feedback and group activities

    Practical information:

    When: Tue, 29/10/2019 from 09:00 to 17:00

    Location: Campus Etterbeek, Pleinlaan 2, room to be confirmed

    Maximum number of participants: 25

    Suggested credits for participation: 1 credit for active participation

    !! Attention: Participation in this training will NOT automatically appear in your online PhD portfolio, fill out this form and let it sign by the instructor as proof of participation.