Tomas Borsa

Tomas Borsa

2017 – 2018

In November 2017 Tomas travelled to Vancouver to participate in the 2nd International Conference on Communication and Media Studies held at UBC Robson Square where 29 nationalities were represented among conference delegates. This year’s conference theme was ‘Rethinking the Mediascape – The Future of Media and Communication’, and plenary speeches were given by Professor Mario Minichiello (School of Design, Communication and Information Technology, University of Newcastle Australia) and Professor Caja Thimm (Chair, Media Studies and Intermediality, University of Bonn), who examined the growing pervasiveness of disinformation and misinformation in political campaign messaging. Tomas gave a presentation examining the framing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in Indigenous community media outlets, comparing this to the rather different account presented by the Crown which was very well-received. The presentation of his research in Vancouver was especially significant given the central role the city played during the public hearings phase of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He was also asked to chair a series of other panels, which provided him with useful experience in leading discussions. At the end of the conference, Tomas was presented with the Emerging Scholar Award.

Tomas also visited UBC’s Museum of Anthropology and Library and the VIVO Media Arts Centre, which house special collections relevant to his research. He was able to digitise the archives of a handful of Indigenous community newspapers, which are not normally available to scholars outside UBC. Tomas can now revisit his study and incorporate new findings including archives which will be used for the first time as source material in academic research. He plans to submit this for publication in the International Journal of Transitional Justice. Tomas is also planning a follow – up seminar series with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London.

Thanks to the Canada – UK Foundation’s award Tomas has since been invited to present a lecture at Mount Allison University in October, 2018. He has also made many contacts for future collaborations.