UoA25 Impact: CEMP awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship.

Congratulations to CEMP; initial scoping work funded by UoA25

CEMP awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship.

The Faculty of Media and Communication’s Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) has been awarded its first Marie Curie Fellowship. The Fellowship seeks to provide professional development opportunities for an early careers researcher, in an innovative research environment. The award is a recognition of CEMP’s recent activities, specifically its international conference, its two journals and its unique Doctor of Education (EdD) programme – which the Fellow will join as a tutor and supervisor.

To that end, Dr. Annamaria Naeg (currently at the University of Nottingham’s China campus) will join CEMP and the EdD programme in September 2017. Over the next two-years, Annamaria will work on an EU funded project: ‘MediaLitRefYouth’.

In 2015 alone, almost 9,000 unaccompanied minor asylum seekers registered in the EU. Mass media reported intensely on how smart phones became crucial tools for young people during their journey. Unaccompanied children and teenagers have to navigate through European public systems, cultures, languages and institutions. The ‘MediaLitRefYouth’ project aims to discover and aggregate how unaccompanied minor refugees are using digital technology after receiving asylum in their host countries. Moreover, the project will use the results of the study to design creative educational interventions aiming to develop young refugees’ media literacy; the EU has stressed media literacy’s vital importance for digital engagement, economic growth and job creation. To achieve this, Annamaria will collaborate with an NGO which works to combat “alienation and despair amongst young refugees” through creative arts and participatory action research (PAR). The tangible outputs of this project will be educational materials, which focus on civic engagement through media.

The project will draw on CEMP’s considerable expertise in media literacy and connect the Fellow with BU researchers who specialise & in designing effective educational interventions. It is expected that ‘MediaLitRefYouth’ will produce a series of UoA25 REF outputs, and could potentially become a REF Impact Case-study.

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