(Nov 1) A/P Jeff Peterson on “Visually communicating lived experience: The utility of photovoice as community-based participatory research”


Visually communicating lived experience: The utility of photovoice as community-based participatory research
A/P Jeffery C. Peterson 

Nov 1 (Fri), 1.30 – 2.30pm
CNM Meeting Room AS6 #03-33


In this presentation, we will explore the usefulness of conducting a community-based participatory research method called “photovoice.” In photovoice, participants are asked to represent their community point of view by taking photos, discussing them together, developing narratives to go with their photos, and conducting action to address issues of community concern.

In this presentation, I will present parts of several photovoice projects I have conducted for discussion though we will focus mainly on the “SNAP photovoice project.” In this project, formerly homeless individuals were approached and asked to document both the aspects of their lives that threaten to send them “back to the streets” as well as the resources that they draw upon to help them navigate the process of “home stability.”

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(Oct 22) Prof. Mohan Dutta on “Interrogating Development: Mining and Corporate Social Responsibility in India”


Interrogating Development: Mining and Corporate Social Responsibility in India
Prof. Mohan Dutta 

Oct 22 (Tue), 3.00 – 5.00pm
Library Theatrette 1, Central Library


In this talk, Prof. Mohan Dutta will critically examine the story of development constructed by Vedanta, a multinational mining company in the face of organized resistance to the mining operations being developed by Vedanta in the Niyamgiri Hills of Odisha, India.
Through a close reading of the key arguments made by Vedanta, attention will be paid to the key narratives of development and the ways in which these narratives work toward consolidating powers in the hands of transnational capital.
For more on the resistance movement against Vedanta, please see www.foilvedanta.org.



Mohan J. Dutta (PhD, University of Minnesota, B. Tech (Honors), IIT Kharagpur) is the Director of CARE. He is also the Head of the Department of Communications and New Media (CNM), National University of Singapore (NUS), and an adjunct Professor with the Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University, and the Center for Poverty and Health Inequities.

His research examines marginalization in contemporary health/healthcare, health care inequalities, the intersections of poverty and health experiences at the margins, political economy of global health policies, the mobilization of cultural tropes for the justification of neo-colonial health development projects, the meanings of health in the realms of marginalized experiences in highly underserved communities in the global South, and the ways in which participatory culture-centered processes and strategies are organized in marginalized contexts to bring about changes in neo-colonial structures of global oppression and exploitation. At the center of this work is the impetus on provincializing Eurocentric knowledge structures and developing locally-based health solutions through the participation of communities from the global margins in processes of change.