Exploring Ethics in Transnational Media Collaboration

The two-day online seminar “Exploring Ethics in Transnational Media Collaboration” will take place on May 30th and 31st. Speakers from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the UK, the USA, Canada, Germany, Africa, and Nigeria will discuss important topics such as storytelling, decolonizing feminism, and the challenges of transnational media research.

This is the second in a series of interdisciplinary knowledge exchange events towards a decolonial imaginary around ethics in north-south transnational media collaborations.

The seminar series is launched as part of a broader international research endeavour titled, Developing a Media-Decolonisation Imaginary (DMDI), a study which aims to​ advance new methodologies for transnational media research, Pedagogy and Practice. 

This UKRI-HEIF funded research project is led by the Centre for the Study of Conflict, Emotion and Social Justice (CESJ) of Bournemouth University, UK and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

Industry partners are Lanka Cine (Media) in Sri Lanka and Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange (WSICE), in Nigeria.

Official Poster of The Event

Community-Based Communication Model for Development: An Update 

Prof.  Jude William Genilo  

Pro Vice Chancellor, The University of Liberal Arts. Bangladesh

Opening Keynote (30th May 2024)

Official Poster of The Event

One World, One Pain? Transnational Literacy and Planetary Ethics 

Professor Nikita Dhawan

Professor of Political Theory & History of Ideas at the Technical University Dresden. Germany | Chair of Political Science with a focus on Political Theory and the History of Political Thought, Institute of Political Science, Technical University Dresden. Germany. 

Closing Keynote (31st May 2024)

The Chair for 30th May 2024 is Prof. George M. Bob-Milliar  

Associate Professor in African Studies, at the Department of History and Political Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi-Ghana.


The Chair for 31st May 2024 is Imruh Bakari

Filmmaker and Senior Fellow at the University of Winchester, UK. 

Official Poster of The Event

Decolonising the University: An Impossible Task? 

Dr. Nini Kerr

Lecturer in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences |School of Health in Social Science, The University of Edinburgh. UK

Official Poster of The Event

-Rabindranath Tagore's Education Policy: Exploring the Attempts to Decolonise Bengal Pedagogy 

Prof. Abu S.M. Dayen 

Department of Bangla [Language] at the Jahangirnagar University. Bangladesh

Official Poster of The Event

Tamil Theatre Practices, with Some Attention to its History and its Characteristics as a Style of Stage/Screen Performance

Dr. Rathitharan Kathiresu

Senior Lecturer, Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan Faculty of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Jaffna. Sri Lanka.

Official Poster of The Event

Exploring Pakistani Female Identities and How They Challenge Stereotypical Media Representations

Dr. Ayesha Siddiqua 

Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communication Studies at the National University of Modern Languages. Pakistan


Official Poster of The Event

Trouble in the Field

Asim Rafiqui 

Photojournalist and Ph.D., candidate in Social Anthropology at the TUDelft, Netherlands

Official Poster of The Event

Moving Beyond (Neo-)Colonial Paradigms: Centring Justice in Transnational Collaborations 

Prof. Sunny Singh

Professor of Creative Writing and Inclusion in the Arts at the London Metropolitan University. UK.

Official Poster of The Event

A Trajectory of Sri Lankan Critical Feminist Locales in Precolonial, Colonial, and Post-Colonial Moments

Dr. Kanchuka Darmasiri

Department of Fine Arts, University of Peradeniya. Sri Lanka.

Focus on Nigeria’s Financial Responsibilities in Transnational Media Collaborations. 

Santhus Aroh

Visiting Lecturer; Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University. Nigeria.


In Conversation with Kyari Bukar: Sustainable Africa-Funded Research - Visiting Possibilities.

Kyari Bukar 

Co-Founder, Trans Sahara Investment Corporation, Chairman (2015 - 2018): Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Nigeria


 Arts of the Peoples: Crafting Our Stories - from SARO! THE MUSICAL (2013), to FUNMILAYO (2024)

Bolanle Austin-Peters

Founder Terra Kulture, Nigerian Cultural Centre, Nigeria


 European Semi-Peripheral Media and Research Production

Prof. Aniko Imre

Professor of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. U.S.A



The Research Team

Principle Researcher

Dr Samantha Iwowo

Principal Academic, Directing Drama, Film & TV, Programme Leader: MA Directing, Film & TV, Chair, Industry to Academia Research Series, FMC BU, Faculty of Media & Communication at the Bournemouth University, UK  

South Asian Industry partner 

Lanka Bandaranayake

Award-winning filmmaker / Founder, Director and CEO of Lanka Cine (Media) Sri Lanka

Project manager (Africa) 

Marcia Abdul-Korah

Filmmaker, Ghana

From 30 May 2024
Until 31 May 2024
Bournemouth University