SSAMIC Conference 2018 by Thomas Groves

The 5th Social Sciences, Arts and Media International Conference

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I recently participated in the 5th Social Sciences, Arts and Media International Conference, 14-15 June 2018 (www.ssamic.com). The conference was hosted by Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok and organized in collaboration with Burapha University, Ubon Ratchathani University, College of the Holy Spirit Manila (Philippines), Dali University (China), Illinois State University (USA), Indonesia Institute of the Arts - Yogyakarta (Indonesia), University of Essex (UK), University of Missouri - St. Louis (USA) and Virginia Tech University (USA). Every year the objective of SSAMIC is to bring together academics, artists and culture industry specialists and to provide them with a platform for discussions and cultural exchange.

On the second day the “Creative Work Exhibition” section counted well over forty visual art presentations and art performances. I presented his photographic art work entitled “Long Wa: The Last of the Head Hunters” to a crowd of appreciative conference attendees. He explained a series of his photographs that document the last living head hunters of Nagaland (North-East India), whereby the medium used was intended to capture a moment in time to help preserve a disappearing culture.

This opportunity to network with researchers and artists from Thailand and abroad and to engage in thought-provoking discussions. Their papers are currently undergoing peer review and will be published in the proceedings made available on the conference website in September.

Skate Soccer - Ghana by Thomas Groves

One of the exciting aspects of being a university professor is the ability to explore, discuss, and debate multiple topics with students all over the world. While many opportunities have been presented to me I was extremely excited when I was awarded the the Sverdrup Global Teaching Fellowship. This allowed me to pick campuses in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa to continue my teaching for a period of three months. I quickly selected the dream location to teach in Accra, Ghana. While conducting my research in preparation for my trip, I came across a unique story of an organization with the goal to raise awareness of polio through the sport of football (soccer). This immediately caught my attention and became one of my main goals to witness while I passed my time in Ghana.

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PechaKucha Accra by Thomas Groves

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It has been a busy September! I have been invited to participate at PechaKucha Accra!!! The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in February, 2003 and encourages creativity and sharing of ideas. PechaKucha now takes place in 900 cities around the world.

Vol. 3 PechaKucha Accra will be their Photography Edition and I have been invited to share my work of the Headhunters of Nagaland. 

To read more about the event click the link below:

http://www.pechakucha.org/cities/accra/events/59bfc80f3c70ef2dcb000603

 

Campus Thought Leadership Seminar by Thomas Groves

Had a great session discussing social media pros and cons for businesses at the recent Campus Thought Leadership Seminar. ‘Evolution of WhatsApp as a business Tool’ was our main topic but the discussion ventured off into all forms of new media. It was a great please to talk with speakers Francis Kofigah, CEO Dough Man Foods, and Kojo Nyame Biney, Co-Head, Online Digital Marketing, Ringier Ghana(Pulse.com.gh). Very interesting to see how new media is used in other countries. A special thank you to the outstanding moderator Desmond Frimpong, Writer (Business Insider SSA), for the great follow up topics and often keeping us inline. 

Webster Talks @ Webster Ghana by Thomas Groves

I was very excited to be invited to lead Webster University Ghana's very first Webster Talks. Webster Talks is an event which invites experts in particular fields to discuss topics with the student body and takes place at all of Webster University's campuses world wide.

I was invited on the topic of Internet and Social Media Safety and Responsibility. What was meant to be a 30 minute discussion turned out to be a 1 hour and half talk and debate. It is always interesting to talk with young students about the long term factors of social media posts and the immediate dangers of posting content. We also discussed the positive aspects and how to harvest this powerful tool. 

I am currently teaching at the Webster University Ghana campus in Accra for 8 weeks. I was recently awarded the Leif J. Sverdrup Global Teaching Fellowship to teach abroad. I have only been here for three weeks but it has been a very exciting and busy three weeks. 

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