The 2012 ISCRAM Summer School Program Directors are Dr. Paulo Goncalves(University of
Lugano, Switzerland) and Dr. Bartel Van de Walle(Tilburg University, the Netherlands).
Dr. Paulo GoncalvesDr. Bartel Van de Walle The 2012 edition of the Summer School is hosted by Tilburg University on its campus in Tilburg.
Summer School Program
This year’s theme: The role of social media in response and relief
At the Summer School, we will discuss the role of social media in humanitarian crisis responseand relief. Social Media experts from academia and practice will provide their experiences andviews, looking back at recent humanitarian crises and reflecting on future use and impact.“Social media” are often identified with the communication tools that enable global socialinteraction: Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and many others. Through the use of these socialmedia tools, especially over mobiles, individuals, regardless of organisational membership,location, or authority, can make information more easily accessible, hence allowing for unprecedented collaboration on a global scale. The apparent power of social media in recent humanitarian crises to mobilize people and createchange has attracted worldwide attention, if not admiration. This phenomenal impact attributedto social media however also increasingly meets criticism: was the role of social media reallythat critical, and if so, in what specific cases? Were social media really useful to, and used by,those who make humanitarian response decisions - and if so: do we have documented casesthat can be used for better understanding why?
2012 ISCRAM Summer School Call for Participants