In a world in which knowledge shapes power and voices, and vice versa, the fundamental inequality in the production and use of knowledge about inequality itself must be addressed
Participatory visual methods (PVMs) such as body mapping, digital story telling, collective film-making, photo-booking, and applied drama support different and creative forms of communication and expression. Using these collaborative processes, participants and facilitators work together to produce powerful stories that open up fresh spaces for reflection, talking and learning. Because of their richness and granularity, the visual stories enable priority issues to be seen and understood from new perspectives. At the same time PVMs can help build up the participants’ skills to communicate their insights to others. These methods have been used successfully in the South African context to engage communities with science projects, especially in the health sector.
The Centre of Excellence for Food Security invites you to a conversation exploring PVMs and how they could be used to co-produce socially robust knowledge in South Africa. The conversation will be led by Gill Black from the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation and Camilla Adelle from the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation.
In the morning we invite PVM specialists to talk about how they apply these methodologies in their work, deal with ethical issues and overcome challenges. We also invite social and natural science researchers to reflect on how these methodologies might be useful in their work, for example to engage local communities, work in a transdisciplinary way, and/or to generate ‘thick’ contextual data. After lunch, those participants who wish to stay, are welcome to join a more focused discussion exploring the use of PVMs to co-design a transdisciplinary research project around local food governance.
We’re looking for researchers across the University and beyond to join the conversation!
Please RSVP with a few sentences on why this workshop is relevant for you and if you would be prepared to talk briefly about your experiences to Camilla Adelle: camilla.adelle@
“The humanities in food studies” is a mini-conference hosted by the Critical Food Studies Programme: Transdisciplinary Humanities Approaches
Farm workers are an integral component of the economy and the food system in South Africa. Yet they are invariably poor, food insecure, marginalised and vulnerable to exploitation. Pro-farm worker legislation since 1994 has provided some protection, but it has also been associated with violations of labour rights and an accelerating pace of evictions and casualisation. Moreover, because agricultural employment is concentrated at specific times of year, seasonal farm workers face an under-reported crisis of underemployment and seasonal hunger.