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2aug5:30 pm- 7:30 pmBook Launch: Communicating Development with Communities


(Wednesday) 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


RMIT School of Media and Commuications

Building 9, Level 4, staff lounge



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Dr. Linje Manyozo has released a new book , Communicating Development with Communities (Routledge, 2017) which will be launched at the RMIT School of Media and Communications.

About the Book

Development theory and practice are often taught in a manner that strips them of their historical context and obscures alternative intellectual assumptions and critical frameworks. This prevents students from acquiring a holistic understanding of the world and consequently, when it comes to development practice, most lack the skills to live and engage with people. It has become crucial to properly consider what it means to conceive and implement participatory development out in the field and not just in the boardroom.

Building on the work of Robert Chambers and Arturo Escobar, Communicating Development with Communities is an empirically grounded critical reflection on how the development industry defines, imagines and constructs development at the implementation level. Unpacking the dominant syntax in the theory and practice of development, the book advocates a move towards relational and indigenous models of living that celebrate local ontologies, spirituality, economies of solidarity and community-ness. It investigates how subaltern voices are produced and appropriated, and how well-meaning experts can easily become oppressors. The book propounds a pedagogy of listening as a pathway that offers a space for interest groups to collaboratively curate meaningful development with and alongside communities.

This is a valuable resource for academics and practitioners in the fields of Development Studies, Communication for Development, Communication for Social Change, Social Anthropology, Economic Development and Public Policy.

Foreword by Robin Mansell.

11aug4:30 pm- 6:00 pmDigital Footscray Pop Up Launch


(Friday) 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Inspire 9, Dream Factory

90 Maribyrnong, Footscray


RMIT Digital Ethnography Research Centre

Event Details

You are invited to the launch of the Digital Footscray Pop-Up Lab.

The Digital Footscray Pop-Up Lab pilots an embedded model of collaborative research. Researchers from the RMIT Digital Ethnography Research Centre will undertake co-investiga­tions around questions that matter to people and organisations living and working in Footscray with a focus on digital technologies, community resilience, innovation and social change.

The Pop-Up Lab is hosted by Inspire 9 at the Dream Factory in Footscray, and is funded by the RMIT Social Change Enabling Capability Platform.



4.30pm: Why the Pop-Up Lab?

Edgar Gómez-Cruz, Jessica Noske-Turner, Jolynna Sinanan

4.40pm: Panel conversation: Knowledge gaps and building community

5:15pm: Chat and drinks

6:00pm: Close

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