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Academic Presentations

Research Communication:

Working with Photovoices

Forced migrants are not able to control how they are represented by journalists nor by researchers. They have little control of their own image. The idea of photovoice is to allow some of that control back and enhance community-based participatory research.

However, capturing photo voices is not simply handing over a camera and asking participants to take photos. Participants get together and discuss the topics that matter to them, and reflect their own reality within the research themes. The outputs can be discussed with the community and disseminated as appropriate - through a gallery show, at an academic conference, or online. Communities are able to take ownership of their image and outputs of research, as well as document their lived realities. 

Exhibited in Valorising Voices; Refugee Lives and Voices Exhibition, 

In September 2017 at the COST Action IS1306 conference New Speakers in A Multilingual Europe: Policies and Practices in Coimbra University, Portugal

In previous projects and my own research, photovoice has provided a way to connect with communities and discover how they themselves would like to be represented, show their lived experiences and speak directly on the changes they wish to have in their lives. 

With storytelling at the centre of the process, the role of the research is that of listener and facilitator, simply providing a safe space for dialogue.  Photovoice is used at all levels as a technique for sharing stories, for development, raising critical awareness, advocacy or part of monitoring aspects of a project. 

We are currently working on a Photo Voices in Kuala Lumpur project with the Living Refugee Archive, which will be updated from January 2021. 

Exhibited in Valorising Voices; Refugee Lives and Voices Exhibition, 

In September 2017 at the COST Action IS1306 conference New Speakers in A Multilingual Europe: Policies and Practices in Coimbra University, Portugal

Image by K. Mitch Hodge

Work Experience

Please take a look at my previous teaching experiences as well as community-related projects.

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