On 29 November, Aalto University, Finland, is hosting the Cluster Symposium on integrating entrepreneurship into engineering education. The symposium is also an event in the Finland 100 years independence celebrations.
Here’s a FAQ — if I left something out please ask away below as a comment!
As the title of the course depicts, we will focus on global feminism and the media. On Friday, I will discuss this in more detail and offer some definitions. At this point, I just want to note that we are focusing less on identity and gender than to (global) development questions pertaining to women, and the role (international) communication including digital and legacy media, and different forms from journalism to PR. Our scholarly framework is that of feminist media and communication studies.
That said, the course is not only about women. It is about sustainable development, information needs, issues of representation, and other questions that are important to our societies and the world as a whole.
We will take four outlooks on core issues and ideas of global feminism:
This is my personal blog. We will “meet” here every Tuesday and Thursday briefly for a lecture briefing and/or assignment briefing.
Tuesdays entail the theoretical and conceptual briefings and examples. Thursdays are dedicated to your research project.
New assignments — actually, reflections and fact finding missions — will be posted early afternoon and you will also receive an email to notify you about them. You can complete them at anytime within the following few days.
You will create your own blog or equivalent (an online platform that we can give you feedback on) for the duration of this course (or, if you want and have one, use your existing blog).
You can use any screen name, any title for the blog, any blogging platform or equivalent, and so on.
Just a (fictional) example – to show you how it works.
On Tues 6/6, you will be emailed a written lecture posted here. You will be asked to comment on a feminist theory: do you think it applies in today’s world.
By Thur 6/8 evening you have thought and researched about the question. You will post your reply as a comment below: I believe this theory is outdated because… When prompted by the comment function of this blog, you will use your St. John’s email address (that will be seen only by me, the admin). Then you will use any screen name, in this case, MH.
By the same Thur afternoon you have also received your research prompt-inspiration, here on this blog. It could be something like: Search for, read, and summarize 3 academic articles that relate to your research topic. What did you learn – what are some questions/points you need help with? Post the summaries on your blog as a blog post. You will work on this the following Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon and post your summaries by Tues 6/13 evening. At the same time, you will check the new research briefing of that Tuesday, and see what your colleagues have posted.
You will spend the next two days reviewing your colleagues’ work and completing the small research assignment. By Thur 6/15 midnight, you have helped your 5 colleagues by sharing your thoughts/tips with them as comments on their blogs, as well as completed the research mini-assignment.
IN ADDITION! Note that Wed 6/7 and Wed 6/14 would have been dedicated to inspiring examples of thinkers/doers: Blog posts from 4 of you.
If you are new to blogging, here’s a good tutorial about WordPress (this blog is a WordPress one):
Or, here’s a tutorial on how to make a Tumblr blog.
You can also create a Google Docs or Dropbox file — just give us rights to comment.
(More about this on Thursday 6/1. Let me know if you have any questions, below or via email.)
You will respond to the research assignments on your own blog, as a blog post.
Apart from Google Docs / Dropbox documents, these blogging platforms are public (although you can keep your identity from potential readers). Blogging is also a more informal and personal, inclusive way of communication, than academic writing. Perhaps you have heard the famous feminist saying: “The personal is political”. Here, we understand that slogan in terms of offering our views to everyone, and going beyond the format of a specific audience. While being scholarly and analytical in our thinking and referencing, we can now practice our own voice. Hence, my posts are on my own blog. I would encourage you to blog, but appreciate it if you want to keep your work just between us. In that case, create a shared Google Docs folder or a Dropbox repository (or equivalent) — just make sure we can comment your texts.
Some other principles that many feminist scholars practice are:
Please keep these in mind when completing your assignments.
Our course books are:
Current Perspectives in Feminist Media Studies
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 11, 2014)
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
For the past Fall, and still until March, I’ve been a part of a team researching Living Lab practices and options for an innovation-education incubator organization GESCI. We have created a blog to keep notes and share insights called The Sound of the City.
We have just launched a series of Expert Insights for the blog. The first Expert I interviewed is a dear friend, Sari Virta (PhD Candidate in Media Management at University of Tampere, Finland; Team Leader). At present, she is researching how innovation can be managed in creative organizations. Before, and in parallel to, her academic career, Sari has had a long career in innovative media organizations, as well as a team leader in multi-stakeholder contexts. I highly appreciate the way she condensed some hot topics related to managing creativity and innovation, so cross-posting her views here:
Sari’s Top 5 Recommendations for Effective, Empowering Innovation Leadership
Thoughts? Comments? Please post them below!