SAM Seminar: Radio, Conflict & Land Grabbing in Sierra Leone

When:23 May 2018, 3:30pm - 5pm
Venue:Cinema 327, Robert Webster Building
Who:Valentina Baú, UNSW

With a framework of entertainment education (edutainment), this presentation offers insights on the effects of radio drama in addressing conflict over land governance in Sierra Leone. Bush Wahala is a radio drama from international NGO Search for Common Ground that promotes popular education to land rights. Through interviews conducted by the author with rural farmers affected by this issue, this work reflects on the role of radio drama in providing listeners with alternatives to the use of violence and confrontation with the authorities in order to claim land rights. It thus contributes to research on edutainment in contexts of conflict, with specific focus on the increasingly complex issue of land grabbing in the developing world.

Valentina Baú is a lecturer and researcher in the School of the Arts & Media at UNSW. With a professional background in international development, Valentina's work focuses on the use of Communication for Development in peacebuilding. She has worked in different countries in the Global South and collaborated with international NGOs, the United Nations and the Italian Development Cooperation. Her experience involves the implementation of both research and media projects with victims and perpetrators of conflict, displaced people, refugees and people living in extreme poverty.

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