Going Public? Negotiating Ethics and Consent in Participatory Visual Research
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 June 2018.