Humanitarian Communication Thesis Prize 2018
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We are very pleased to invite you all to attend the Humanitarian Communication Thesis Prize 2018 on Thursday November 29th in CREA Amsterdam. Come and join the award ceremony for the best MA thesis written on the representation of the Global South, including Pecha Kucha presentations of the nominated students and the screening of Gifts from Babylon, a short film on the psychological impact of illegal Africa-EU migration through the eyes of a Gambian return-migrant. The event is free of charge and open for all to join!


Jury reports (Emma and Miriam)
Event photos (by Franck Doho)
Aftermovie (by Elsie Vermeer)


INTRODUCTION (17.00 hrs, doors open: 16:45 hrs)
Welcome in the Theaterzaal of CREA Amsterdam by IDleaks board.


Gifts from Babylon (2018, ’24) is a short narrative film exploring the psychological impact of Africa-EU migration through the lens of a Gambian return-migrant. The film captures the personal conflicts that arise when Modou, a deported refugee, returns to his home country after having lived illegally in Europe for five years. Suffering from intense flashbacks of his illegal migrant journey, he wonders what has become of him…

Gifts from Babylon, a Dutch-Gambian co-production, received its world premiere at the Nederlands Film Festival in September 2018 and is now entering the international film festival run. The film’s producer, Dr. Emiel Martens (IDleaksUniversity of Amsterdam / Universiteit van AmsterdamErasmus University Rotterdam), will be present to introduce the film and do a brief Q&A.


THESIS PRIZE CEREMONY (17.40-19.00 hrs)
With Pecha Kucha presentations by the 8 nominees!


1. Gabriel Ramirez Acevedo with his thesis ‘Shifting Dutch Priorities: Changes in Discourse, Financing and Decision-making for International Development in the Netherlands’ (University of Amsterdam / Universiteit van Amsterdam)


2. Miriam Adelina Ocadiz Arriaga with her thesis ‘(E)motion of Saudade: The Embodiment of Solidarity in the Cuban Medical Cooperation in Mozambique’ (Universiteit Leiden / Leiden University / African Studies Centre)


3. Louise Burrows with her thesis ‘Keep it in the Ground: The Role of UK Development Cooperation in Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Use’ (University of Amsterdam / Universiteit van Amsterdam)


4. Muhammad Mahmud with his thesis ‘Uncovering Development: Exploration of Land Control, Livelihood Impact, and Political Reactions to the Rampal Power Plant in Bangladesh’ (Wageningen University & Research)


5. Tjeerd Rienstra with his thesis ‘Translating the Virtual to the Real On the Influence of Social Class on Facebook Use in Brazilian Environmentalism’ (University of Amsterdam / Universiteit van Amsterdam / CEDLA: Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation)


6. Marleen Spieker with her thesis ‘Migrants’ Experiences and Stories: A Gender Analysis of Urban Poverty among Young Rural-Urban Migrants in Addis Ababa’ (Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University)


7. Emma Vogt with her thesis ‘Engendering Empowerment of Women Garment Workers?’ (Wageningen University & Research)


8. Shuai Zhang with his thesis ‘Lost in Digital World: Chinese Tourists in Morocco’ (Erasmus University Rotterdam)


The award for the best thesis as well as the award for the best Pecha Kucha presentation will be decided by the 3-headed jury consisting of Wouter Oomen (IDleaksUniversiteit Utrecht), Johannes von Engelhardt (UvA) and Alana Osbourne (UvA).


DRINKS (19.00-20.00 hrs)
(A few free) drinks, bites and networking at the CREA Café.


This event is free of charge and open for all to join!


Thursday 29 November, 2018, 5-7pm


CREA Amsterdam (Theaterzaal)
Nieuwe Achtergracht 170, 1018 WV Amsterdam




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