Mind the Gap - Mend the Gap
Southeast Asian perspectives on the role of academia in promoting intercultural communication for social inclusion
What role can academia play in fostering intercultural communication for social inclusion?
- Dr Kamolrat Intaratat: Meeting rural challenges in Southeast Asia: Promoting ICT skills among Rural and Disadvantaged Citizens for Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development.
- Dr Piyachat Lomchavakarn: Sharing Pain, Pleasure and Rage with the Citizens: Building Urban Partnerships for Social Change
In this seminar we analyze the work of two Thai academic centers towards this end: The Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM) based at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University; and the Urban Research Plaza (URP) based at Chulalongkorn University.
The CCDKM has been instrumental in creating networks and partnerships for implementing a holistic program for transforming rural Thailand, including a model of extending ICT literacy to ever new population groups in a combined and integrated program. The URP aims to create a communicative platform for joint research and communal action to address Bangkok’s grave social problems, focusing on research and activism related to urban culture and urban management. While their work has been focused mainly on the Thai context, the experience of CCDKM and URP, the lessons learned will resonate with other Asian contexts, both urban and rural.
The event is free and open to all.