CARE: ACTIVIST-IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM- Dr. James Gomez (ASIA CENTRE)

CARE is delighted to share our upcoming collaboration with Activist-In-Residence: Dr. James Gomez. He will collaborate with CARE on Communication, Democracy, and Freedom in Asia, highlighting the ‘Fake News’ challenge to democracy and co-produce a CARE White Paper with Prof. Mohan Dutta during his residency.

Dr. James Gomez is the Chair, Board of Directors of Asia Centre,  a not-for-profit organisation that  seeks to create human rights  impact in the South-east Asia region. Dr. James will be presenting on ‘Fake News’ and it’s impact on democracy. During his time with CARE, as an activist he will deliver a public talk,  conduct a workshop on a method  of social change communication, and  collaborate with the CARE team on developing a white paper. Dr. Gomez currently oversees its operations in both Thailand and Malaysia and is leading the partnerships for the Centre’s many activities in other parts of the region.

Dr. James Gomez brings to Asia Centre over 25 years of international and regional experience in leadership roles at universities, think-tanks, inter-governmental agencies and non- governmental organisations. He is the convener of Asia Centre’s upcoming  international conference on Fake News and  Elections in Asia, 10-12 July, Bangkok, Thailand.

KEY EVENT DATES:

23rd – WORKSHOP:  Developing an advocacy strategy for Rohingya refugees in Southeast Asia.

24th – PUBLIC TALK: Fake News, Digital Democracy and State Repression

25th – CARE RECEPTION

26th – WHITE PAPER LAUNCH:

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Sue Bradford takes up residence as Massey University’s activist at CARE

“Activists and academics are not typical bedfellows, but Sue Bradford is making sure the two parties can learn from each other.

The well-known activist and former Green Party MP is the activist in residence at Massey University in Palmerston North for a week. Bradford was asked about a month ago by professor Mohan Dutta​, who is the dean’s chair of communication for the new Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation, to take the position.

The two are producing a paper on the partnership between academics and activists in struggles of the oppressed.  Universities often have an artist in residence, but having an activist is not as common. “This question around the relationship between people who are active outside in grassroots organisations and how people inside the universities can work together is quite fraught and difficult because there are often problems,” Bradford said. “But there are also huge advantages to both. It has never been an easy path in this country.”

She said this week was an opportunity to explore the relationship between activists and academics.”Often, academics are seen as people that come in and do research on us, do their PhDs on us.” She wasn’t given any instruction about what she could do while being the activist in residence. Bradford said there wasn’t the same level of political activity in this generation of students as there had been in the past.

On Wednesday, she spoke to students about her background in the 1980s and 1990s working with an unemployment workers group and unions, and on Thursday she held a workshop with Manawatū activists and students. At 2pm on Friday she is speaking about social movements and her history in and out of Parliament, having previously been an MP for 10 years.

“It’s a completely new experience but at the same time I’m into new experiences and finding out about new people.”

Bradford said the CARE centre worked on transforming structures through communication, culture and community, and that’s what she had spent her life doing, so was keen to be involved. Bradford works for the Kotare Trust in Auckland, which does research in education for social change in Aotearoa.

Dutta brought the CARE centre with him to Massey from the National University of Singapore and he is a leading scholar for health communication and is a researcher of indigenous rights and activism. He said the work of CARE was about creating communication platforms for democratic spaces so communities in disenfranchised places had a voice. The centre also looks at poverty and health for migrants and refugees.”

Article Source: www.stuff.co.nz 

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CARE Activist in Residence: Public Talk by Dr. Sue Bradford- Live Streaming

Wednesday 3rd OCTOBER, 2018, 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

Public Talk: SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, PARTY POLITICS, AND STRUCTURAL TRANSFORMATION: NAVIGATING A PATH FORWARD IN CHALLENGING TIMES

GLB3.08 | Geography Building, Manawatu campus | MBS1.42 Massey Business School Seminar Room, Auckland campus | 5D12 Communication Lab, Wellington campus

Mediasite: https://webcast.massey.ac.nz/Mediasite/Play/491fa9258f244193a9172fb0fefc9f9c1d

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Activist-in-Residence at CARE: A collaboration with Dr. Sue Bradford

CARE is delighted to share our upcoming inaugural collaboration with activist-in-residence Dr. Sue Bradford at Massey University. She will collaborate with CARE on re-imagining academic-activist linkages and co-produce a white paper with Prof. Mohan Dutta during her residency.

Dr. Bradford has a lifelong background in street and community activism, and is a mother of five. Much of her work has been in unemployed  workers’ and beneficiaries’ organisations. She was a Green Member of Parliament for ten years (1999-2009) before going on to undertake a PhD  in public policy with Marilyn Waring at AUT, graduating in 2014.

During her time with CARE, as an activist she will deliver a public talk, conduct a workshop on a method of  social change communication, and collaborate with the CARE team on developing a white paper.

Dr. Bradford has a particular interest in the interface between radical community development, activism and the role of academics and universities. She is always searching for ways in which these spaces can be more productively navigated than is often the case.

She currently works for Kotare Research and Education for Social Change in Aotearoa Trust as well as picking up various speaking and writing engagements.

 

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