Twitter: #slas14


Birckbeck College



Conference admin: NomadIT NomadIT
Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict







Visual research, creative methodologies and the position of the subject: possibilities and limitations of creative experiences

Location Malet 354
Date and Start Time 04 April, 2014 at 09:30


Angélica Cabezas Pino (University of Manchester) email
Mail All Convenors

Short Abstract

This panel will explore the possibilities and limitations of collaborative and participatory media present for shifting the balance of power between researchers and subjects in Latin America.

Long Abstract

A significant body of contemporary research in Latin America aims to subvert the classic subject/object relation using visual and creative methods. In academic fields, these have included creative collaborations such as photo elicitation, applied theatre, docufiction, and others. These efforts make clear that participants may contribute as much or more to the final project as the researcher. Nevertheless, they leave unanswered an important question: are these participatory and collaborative projects sufficient to overcome the financial, structural and discursive barriers that marginalise research subjects throughout Latin America? This panel invites papers that address the possibilities and limitations that creative experiences present for shifting the balance of power between researchers and subjects.

Papers might address indigenous media, the role of NGO financing, challenges to normative discourses of identity, activist documentary, or other topics. We welcome written papers as well as other forms of media and presentations that combine the two.

Discussant: Johannes Sjoberg (The University of Manchester)

This panel is closed to new paper proposals.


Experiential role play: data games for social change in Colombia

Author: Lien Tran (University of Miami)  email

Short Abstract

An interdisciplinary team of designers, researchers and engagement specialist will work on the creation of a tabletop game with the primary focus of humanizing statistics and instilling a sense of urgency in the collection and use of child development data.

Long Abstract

In accordance with the shift in development work, social change is now viewed through a dialogic lens; individuals are no longer passive victims of a top-down system, but active participants of their empowerment. Engagement via participatory research has afforded researchers incredible insight into decision-making, socio-cultural norms, barriers to social change, and intergroup innovation. However, at times economic and technological constraints have impeded efforts. In Colombia the digital divide has continued to grow at exponential rates; specifically, the area of data collection, monitoring, and dissemination regarding child development seems to be lagging extensively. Local government and civic activists wishing to advocate for the disenfranchised find themselves with insufficient or inaccurate data to inform their decision-making. In partnership with Community System Foundation and UNICEF Colombia, an interdisciplinary team will work on the creation of a tabletop game. The primary focus of the game will be to humanize statistics through the lens of real life testimonials, thereby using narrative to instill a sense of urgency in the collection and use of child development data. Narrative will be based on stories collected during survey and in-depth interviews. In the current game concept, a player takes on the role of a Colombian child and makes choices that have systemic consequences on the character's chances for survival and personal advancement. Child well-being indicators identified using existing datasets will influence these in-game choices. To implement the game, the team will train organizations currently working with Colombian youth on how to use the game as a tool for advocacy and awareness of Colombian child livelihood issues.

This panel is closed to new paper proposals.