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How relevant is it to teach conflict and post-conflict reporting in war-prone countries?

This reflection is based on a panel discussion held at the the annual conference of the East Africa Communication Association (EACA), held from October 29 to 31, 2023 in Rwanda – Kigali. I was one of the panelists invited to talk about “Teaching Journalism in Conflict and Post-conflict period”. In…

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Daniel Thilo Schroeder and Stefan Brenner talk about Digital Wildfires and their emergence at re:publica 2023

The idea that harmful electromagnetic radiation emanates from mobile networks is not new. While ionizing radiation, such as X-rays, alpha, beta, gamma, or neutron radiation, can pose a health risk, low doses of non-ionizing radiation, like that emitted from radio or mobile phones, are considered harmless. Nevertheless, their alleged dangers…

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Thriving on TikTok in Mali: The Generation of Influencers

Pour le français voir ci-dessous It is a bright afternoon as we arrive at the office of an NGO in Bamako, in a neighborhood known for its dense community of displaced. The site is quietly placed among the dazzling streets where the humming of engines merge with the trending tracks…

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Interview with Mirjam: “Influencers, X and WhatsApp: sociale media and the coup in Niger”

Tim Senden interviewed Mirjam de Bruijn about the military coup in Niger. In the article, Mirjam explains how the current situation in Niger resembles coups in Mali and Burkina Faso, where social media usage contributed to the exacerbartion of  anti-French and pro-Russian sentiments on amongst others TikTok and X (formerly…

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A workshop on participatory war and peace at the University of Sheffield

‘Participatory war and peace: How social media reshape public engagement in conflict’, was the provoking title of a workshop that was held at the University of Sheffield on July 6th, 2023. The workshop brought together scholars who combine the study of conflict and the study of digital environments to better…

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Political leaders in times of digitalization and conflict: looking back at ECAS’23

This year the European Conference on African Studies took place in Cologne. For four days, scholars attended the conference to discuss the pertinent theme African Futures. In light of this theme, DDMAC contributed with a panel on emerging socio-political leadership in times of conflict and digitalization. Due to the unfortunate…

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Contentious Entertainment on TikTok

An expanding group of Malian TikTok creators amuses its audiences with funny virals, made popular in particular by audio snippets. At the same time, the echoing of content is influenced by Mali’s fragmented context of destabilization and conflict. In this short essay, I question what contemporary audiovisual snapshots depicting war…

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Team meeting at Utrecht University

Right before the start of summer, team members Samba Dialimpa Badji, Daniel Thilo Schroeder, Bruce Mutsvairo, Mirjam de Bruijn, Modibo Galy Cissé, and Luca Bruls met up at Utrecht University to move publications and output forward. They discussed preliminary results of a survey on TikTok usage in Mali, theorized the…

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Samba Dialimpa Badji participates in a panel on disinformation

On Monday March 27th from 15:00-16:30, Samba Dialimpa Badji participates in a panel on the consequences of fake news and disinformation in relation to democracy during an international panel organized by the Sahel Institute of Democracy and Governance in partnership with Global Democracy Coalition. Subscribe

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