Going Public? Negotiating Ethics and Consent in Participatory Visual Research

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC57 Visual Sociology (host committee)

Language: English

In recent years there has been an increasing number of visual, arts-based and participatory research projects for example, Oliveira and & Vearey’s MoVE [methods.visual.explore] Project in South Africa, Mitchell's Culture Lab in Canada, and Material Stories in the UK, to name a few. It has been argued that these methods can facilitate wider engagement; that they offer everyone involved (researchers, participants, and the wider publics) an opportunity to reflect on what the images/stories are revealing (Leavy 2009).

The aim of this panel is to critically interrogate these assumptions and discuss how ethics and consent are negotiated when sharing participant artefacts that are created during such projects. Papers submitted are invited to think critically about how these process are managed, for example:

  • How does public dissemination expand understandings of marginalised groups e.g., indigenous and First Nation peoples, migrants and refugees, non-conforming genders and sexualities, etc.

  • What are ‘difficult examples of research collaborations with  photographers/ filmmakers/ research funders/ museums/ art galleries?

  • What are the ethical considerations of such endeavours?

  • What are the issues visual researchers need to consider when understaking collaborations with professional photographers and artists?

  • Who owns the intellectual property of public outputs?

This panel is a regular session, which will consist of 3-5 papers of 12-20 minutes. Panelists are encouraged to use visual materials to complement the written part of their paper. All papers accepted must be submitted in full to elsa.alexandra.oliveira@gmail.com by 1 June 2018.
Session Organizer:
Elsa OLIVEIRA, African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Elsa OLIVEIRA, African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Milka NYARIRO, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, Canada
Oral Presentations
A Critical Discussion of Participatory Research Projects with Young People Which Use Film: Stories, Narratives, Authorship and Ownership
Alastair ROY, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom; Cath LARKINS, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom; Jacqueline KENNELLY, Carleton University, Canada; Harriet ROWLEY, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
Reflections on Socially Engaged Practice: Between Community Participants and Gallery Spaces
Gary BRATCHFORD, The University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom
Who Is Going Public? Ethical Perspectives through a Decolonizing Framework
Naydene DE LANGE, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa
When Collaboration Stops and Vulnerability Takes Power: Intentions and Unexpected Outcomes in a Participatory Project of Visual Methods with Sex Workers in Ethiopia
Ida SABELIS, Vrije Universiteit - Faculty of Social Sciences, Netherlands; Lorraine NENCEL, Vrije Universiteit - Faculty of Social Sciences, Netherlands
On the Ethics of Ownership in Participatory Visual Research
Claudia MITCHELL, McGill University, Canada
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