“The principle of love guides an approach that connects reason with the senses. Raquel Paiva emphasizes the cultural nature of Freire’s pedagogy whereby he places the value of relationships over the rigor of discipline. It is a method that acknowledges the Other in plenitude and all forms of knowledge. Overall, it is a model of development based on collective ties including all beings, humans or not.” (Suzina & Tufte, 2020, p.414-415, accessible here)
Karin Gwinn Wilkins (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is Dean of the School of Communication at the University of Miami. Previously, she was Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement and Strategic Initiatives with the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. She was awarded the Cale McDowell Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Studies, for creating a certificate in global studies, programs in Middle East studies, and a degree in Communication and Leadership. Wilkins is also a recognized fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA), and has concluded her term as Editor-in-Chief of Communication Theory. She has won numerous awards for her research, service and teaching, currently serving as Vice-President of the Arab-US Association for Communication Education and having chaired the ICA Intercultural/Development Division. Her work addresses scholarship in the fields of development communication, gender and global communication. Her upcoming book with University of California Press, Prisms of Prejudice: Mediating the Middle East from the United States, will be released in 2021.
Xavier Carbonell (Cuba, 1995). Writer and journalist. Graduated in Hispanic Philology, from the Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas, in Cuba. He has acquired a Diploma in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and a Laudato Si’ Certificate in Compassion and Social Communication, from the Xavier University of Bhubaneshwar, India. He works as a correspondent for SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication, and participated in the SIGNIS Communication Laboratory based in Quito, Ecuador. He worked as a researcher and teacher for the “Manuel García-Garófalo” Diocesan Library in Santa Clara, Cuba, where he founded the Academic Project Humanitas. His novel El libro de mis muertos won the Foundation Award of the City of Santa Clara, in Cuba. Recently, the AISGE Foundation in Madrid granted him the Paco Rabal Award of Cultural Journalism for his article “Cuba in seven films”, published in Brussels.
Lawrence John Sinniah aka eLJay is currently serving his second term as vice-president of SIGNIS world and heads the Communications Lab. He holds the position as Executive Director with Public Media Agency, an NGO based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Eljay studied advertising in 1986 in Kuala Lumpur and graduated magna cum laude in Mass Communications from Waldorf University, IA, USA in 1998.
Moderator: Amalia Sabiescu, Loughborough University London