Tomas Borsa is an independent researcher currently living and working in London, UK. Tomas holds a Double BA (Hons) in Political Studies & Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan, and an MSc in Politics & Communication (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics. His interests lie mostly in the domains of Indigenous (self) representation, public spheres, and the mediation of social movements. Prior to London, he lived in Vancouver and Saskatoon, where he was at various points a documentary film-maker, journalist, and Research Consultant at Emily Carr University.
Tatiana Gonçalves is an assistant professor in the department of Communication and Arts at the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, Portugal. She received her Masters degree at the University of Aveiro, Portugal and her PhD at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Her research interests span media and new technologies, with particular focus on the fields of audiovisual, news media, online journalism and human-computer interaction. She also worked inthe private sector from 2001 to 2008 at the Brazilian television network’s Rede Globo, where she acquired formal experience in news broadcasting as editor, producer, reporter and news presenter.
Nancy Brian Mbaya is an indigene of Borno state, North East Nigeria. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and Master Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. In her career as a journalist, spanning 27 years, she became Principal News Editor, Controller of News and Current Affairs, Director of News and Current Affairs all in the Borno Radio Television Corporation (BRTV). Nancy is currently a volunteer with the West Cheshire Foodband in Chester, UK.
Nancy is studying news media representation of women in conflicts: The Boko Haram Insurgency in Borno, Northeast Nigeria (2012-2015). Her work draws on postcolonial/feminist theories and argues that women representation in journalistic discourse is a reflection of patriarchal values fed by colonialism, religion, culture and tradition. She is also involved in teaching activities at the Department of Media studies.
Adepate Mustapha-Koiki is a PhD student in Media and Communication at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Her research interest is in Conflict Communication, specifically looking at Journalism and Risk in Nigeria - the challenges of reporting on Boko Haram and the impacts of the risks on reporting.
As an alumnus of the States Department, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) USA, coupled with her lecturing and research experiences, she aims to provide resources to journalists, public institutions and government agencies on effective methods of peace reporting and communication - all that was garnered through practical and global standards in research.
With a background in Communications, Chiemezie started her career in industry and worked her way into the lecture room. Her PhD research originates from both her industry and academic experiences, and is thoroughly interdisciplinary; juxtaposing communication, media, politics, and sociology studies, with anthropological methods. Chiemezie’s research interests include social media, political communication, African politics, and elections, and her current work examines the role of social media in elections.
When she is not doing research, talking about research, or teaching, she enjoys travelling, exploring cuisines (with a rule to try any food at least once), and engaging in diverse musical pursuits.
Ayesha Sadiqa is working as lecturer at School of Media and Communication Studies, University of the Central Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. She is also a PhD scholar from Punjab University (PU), Lahore. Both universities are the prominent and leading private and Public sector Universities respectively in Pakistan. She has earned her M.Phil. in mass communication with the spelization of research from PU. She got 1st division throughout her academic career including professional degrees of B.Ed., M.Ed. and TEFL. She has vast experience of teaching at private and public college and universities. She has expertise in research, communication theory, development communication and Women Studies in Media. She participated in conferences, seminars. She also conducted workshops as moderator.
Madison Snider is a graduate student at the University of Denver in International and Intercultural Communication. Her research interests are in the power of public discourse through street art, performance, and demonstrations. She is particularly interested in how unsanctioned communication in public space is of particular relevance to the ways in which this space is contested. Through ethnography of communication and critical theory, she explores the ways in which these actions are highly localized and grounded in a space and place, but simultaneously employ digital and social media to traverse space and the implications of this mode of dissemination.
Menychle M. Abebe is lecturer of journalism at the University of Gondar in Ethiopia. He recently finished his second master’s degree in Global Journalism at NLA University College in Norway. He is passionate about studying the relationships between media and politics in developing democracies. Previously, Menychle hold his M.A in Journalism and Communications and B.A degree in Print Journalism both at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
The Garden Conversation was a breath of fresh air. The "informal" orientation of the activity resulted in a more relaxed and spontaneous discourse unlike the usual question and answer format that I experienced from other conferences."
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