We are looking for co-presenters and a discussant to collaborate with us on a panel discussing qualitative, arts-based methods used in anthropological research for the upcoming conference in Cuba in 2018. Fitting with the conference theme, we would like to explore in our discussion the epistemological underpinnings of certain arts based methods and the potentials and limits for sharing arts-based work. Specifically, we focus on photo voice— as a visual method and ethnodrama. We would welcome presenters who use these or similar methods.
Below is a rough abstract that we will build upon for our final proposal.
Multimodal Methods in Applied Qualitative Research: Leveraging participation with arts-based methods
Social scientists increasingly look to novel research methods with the aim of gathering, analyzing and presenting data in more inclusive and egalitarian ways. Anthropologists have contributed valuable discussion on the virtues of visual data collection methods in ethnographic projects. In this symposium, we discuss how visual methods and multi-modal research dialogic strategies to foster communicative practice between researchers the researcher and her participants. We will focus on key methods, such as photovoice, which simultaneously for example, privileges/gives voice to the voices and perspectives of participants, while combatting the subjective nature of photographs. We also focus on ethnodrama and illustrate how this form of qualitative data analysis and presentation can transform data into more accessible, nuanced forms of writing and data sharing.
We draw from our respective research as examples of applied participatory projects and highlight current trends in the field, as well as to showcase our epistemology, axiology and dilemmas we face as researchers using arts-based methods. We aim to create a space for diverse scholars to discuss the challenges and ethical questions that often arise in collaborative and community-based research and to engage ideas on effective strategies for authentic participation in fieldwork, as well as to discuss the challenges and ethical questions that often arise in collaborative, visual/arts-based endeavors.
We are happy to hold a bilingual presentation in Spanish and English if that is of interest.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Anneliese Cannon, Ph.D. and Jamie Joanou, Ph.D.
Faculty of Education
1840 S 1300 E-Malouf 122