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Visual tools to empower participatory research 
Béatrice Bertho (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Faculty of Social Work, Lausanne (HETSL HES-SO))
Makia Christine Masong (Catholic University of Central Africa)
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Anthropology (x) Decoloniality & Knowledge Production (y)
Neues Seminargebäude, Tagungsraum/Stehkonvent
Friday 2 June, -, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

This panel looks at how methods which foster alternative forms of narration, particularly visual and digital, apply to participatory research, according it the possibility to investigate the past and the present, while imagining possible futures in Africa

Long Abstract:

Audio-visual methodologies such as digital storytelling, photovoice, participatory cartoons or documentary films, are changing the way social science research is conducted. They open up possibilities for participatory approaches that reposition participants as co-producers of knowledge and potentially as co-researchers.

The initial promise of these tools is the possibility and power, for people who are usually denied this by their marginal position in spaces of public expression, to express a point of view, and to speak out, in short to make themselves audible and visible. Moreover, the creative process, through the interactions it generates, itself becomes a site of observation and knowledge production.

This panel invites papers from researchers or research participants who have experienced such approaches in Africa to discuss its methodological or ethical aspects. What are the potentialities of these methods in terms of the co-creation of reciprocal knowledge? To what extent do they challenge the dominant posture of the researcher in the process of enquiry and allow for a democratisation of knowledge production?

Finally, while narratives are very often retrospective and linked to past experiences and memories, this panel would also like to explore the possibilities offered by these research methods for imagining, interrogating and planning desirable futures.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Friday 2 June, 2023, -
Session 3 Friday 2 June, 2023, -