Exploring online spaces, narrative and audio with asylum communities in Europe

When: Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 12 pm

Where: DH Active Learning Space, Food Science Building 4.58

Presentations last ~30mins, followed by a short discussion

Kathy O’Hare (Digital Arts + Humanities, UCC)

Abstract

Community Radio Refugee Awareness Week 2019 aims to inspire conversations with European communities and audiences in the hope for critical engagement and reflection on issues of global migration and international displacement. The initiative sees groups of asylum seekers spanning Europe, collaborating online to create 3 hours of broadcast-quality multimedia content with 50 community radio broadcasting partners throughout Europe. Multicultural and multilingual, the projects pedagogical approach is rooted in situated learning & highlighting the potential of social media and considers participatory learning as an ideal for learners to discover ways of being global citizens through the medium of radio and 21st-century skills.

About the Speaker

Kathy O’ Hare is a youth and community worker and is in her third year of a PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities in University College Cork.  Her work is multidisciplinary in nature and sits at the intersection of digital cultures, radio studies and community development. Her work specifically examines how European border policy directly affects the ability to participate, integrate and socialise, outside of formal and informal refugee
camp settings in a European context.

Kathy was recently awarded a scholarship from the Irish research council for her research working with asylum/refugee and undocumented communities in Europe. Kathy has worked as a community radio documentary producer in Ireland for 10 years and her radio projects are funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

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