We are pleased to invite you to the Seminar "Photovoice: Methodological, participatory and agency alternative", an initiative of the Migra Millennium Nucleus that seeks to explore and understand the Photovoice methodological alternative. This activity, which will take place on November 16 and 17, 2023 at 14:30 hours (Chilean time), aims to be a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a methodology that integrates active community participation and visual expression as tools for the analysis and promotion of social change.

Photovoice, conceptualized by Caroline Wang and Mary Ann Burris in "Photovoice: Concept, Methodology, and Use for Participatory Needs Assessment," is more than a technique; it is a means to empower communities through visual expression. This methodology allows participants to capture and share their experiences through photography, providing a unique platform for visual storytelling and promoting collective reflection. In this seminar, we will explore in depth how Photovoice can act as a catalyst for community voice, allowing images to not only communicate realities, but also serve as instruments of change and empowerment.

Mary Ann Burris exhibits on November 16.

Mary Ann Burris, founder of the Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH), is a leading figure with a rich background in development studies and an exceptional dedication to linking culture and health. With a PhD from Stanford University, an MA from the University of Oregon and a BA from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Burris has lived and worked in diverse contexts, including 20 years in Kenya and 10 years in China.
Her vision for TICAH has been to create a space where traditional medicine and cultural ways are intertwined with health, enabling conditions for equitable relationships and healthy life choices. Mary Ann has pioneered the use of art, photography and ceremony for healing, activism and community building.

On November 17, Mieko Yoshihama and Luis Fernandez-Pacheco Saez will be exhibiting.

Mieko Yoshihama

Mieko Yoshihama holds a PhD in Social Work from the University of California (Los Angeles), a Masters in Social Work from the same institution and a BA in Literature and Linguistics from Sophia University in 1984. Her research interests focus on violence against women, migrants, mental health and community organizing. For the past 25 years, she has combined research and social action at local, state, national and international levels. Her focus is on preventing gender-based violence and promoting the safety and well-being of marginalized populations and communities.

Luis Fernandez-Pacheco Saez

D. in Sociology with a thesis entitled "Local Development Strategies to face the crisis in vulnerable rural environments: a comparative case study between South Africa and Spain", Dr. Fernandez-Pacheco Saez will bring his experience in Local Community Development and participation in European and international initiatives. His academic background includes a Master's degree in Social Science Research Methodology: Innovation and Applications and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. With an extensive experience in International Cooperation projects (Morocco, Senegal and South Africa), he has actively participated in programs such as INTERREG IIIC and Horizon2020. With teaching experience since 2002, Dr. Fernandez-Pacheco Saez is a board member and technician of "Economías Bioregionales" (EBR) and collaborator of the Institute of Social Currencies (IMS).

Luis Fenández-Pacheco Sáez together with Mieko Yoshihama and other researchers have studied and systematized the contributions that the photovoice methodology can make to the dynamization of community development processes, the construction of collective identity and the strengthening of resilience processes in the face of crisis contexts.

The Seminar will have the participation as commentators of three outstanding academics: Gabriela Rubilar, Alejandra Rasse and Daniela Bolivar; who have a solid academic background and experience in their respective fields, which will enrich the discussions and contribute significantly to the analysis of the topics addressed in the seminar.
From the Migra Millennium Nucleus, we conceive the Photovoice methodology as an invaluable tool for the study of migration in Chile. Currently, our thesis student Grace Amigo , directed by researcher Olaya Grau, is conducting a research process using this methodology with young migrants in Alto Hospicio. This approach gives us the opportunity to explore in a deep and participatory way the experiences and perspectives of this specific population, allowing a richer and more contextualized understanding of their experiences in the migration process.

We look forward to your active participation in this enriching event!

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