Although Rockwell painted and I’m photographing, and although I’m only documenting my family, I feel an odd channeling of Rockwellian (that’s a word?) Americana. At the same time, there are classic NE Ohio Italian-American tells on the table, including the “authentic” parmesan, salad, and a bbq chicken take on lasagna. Or maybe that’s just my […]Read more "Family dinner: Channeling Norman Rockwell in NE Ohio"
Photographing people where I don’t belong (as per a recent Photo assignment) reflected my own expectations of State College. The first location I scouted Sunday afternoon, near dusk, was the liquor store, just before closing, hoping to get a shot through the glass of them closing up. I don’t belong in a liquor store after […]Read more "“I’m use to it, I’m from here” – Photography where I don’t belong"
I feel as though I’m circling around my methodology for my dissertation. I have narrowed it to ethnography, of which I’m familiar from my background in anthropology. From there, I am looking at visual ethnography, because it allows me to use new (and kinda cool) tools to document and elicit. Plagens, in his article on […]Read more "What is documentary photography (and why am I so curious about it)"
For my first assignment for Photographic Narrative, I attended and photographed a course from the Osher Lifelong Institute and the Penn State Tea Institute about the history of tea. The below shots focus on the protagonist of my narrative, Ryan, who led the class through a short lecture, tea tasting, and extensive question and answer […]Read more "Photographic Narrative of a Stranger"
This blog post is for Photographic Narratives, a course I am auditing at Penn State. The assignment is to write a response to In Africa: The Art of Listening by Henning Makell. Makell begins his story speaking of his own journey to Mozambique, where he has settled for the past 25+ years. In light of […]Read more "Response to In Africa: The Art of Listening"
Since my work in Dadaab ended in August, I’ve been working on how to continue to support RET programming and to conduct further preliminary dissertation research. I learned a lot from my time working with the teams in Dadaab. I was using video to record training and then discuss it with trainers and learners, particularly […]Read more "Video Ethnography in Dadaab"
For the original posting and the rest of the Discussion series, click here. Conflict Sensitive Education for out-of-school and over-age youth in Dadaab, Kenya: Attempts to stabilise, rebuild or build the education system Even before the publication of the INEE Conflict Sensitive Education (CSE) manual in 2013, practitioners internationally were testing and proving different conflict […]Read more "INEE Discussion Post: CSE and Youth, Week 4: CSE for out-of-school and over-age youth in Dadaab"
So, I’ve got this Google Alert on all things Dadaab. Today’s news about MOOCs in Dadaab and a classic reminder that the camps are still here raise some interesting, and expected, dilemmas I’m struggling with here. First, the LA Times piece “He did not come here by choice. Nobody does.” Everyone who came to Dadaab had a […]Read more "In the news: Education and Dadaab"
When I’m jogging around the 2.5k path at the edge of the UN compound here in Dadaab, I often find myself thinking about all of the celebrities who have come here. This is probably caused by the mixture of the “This American Life” episodes I listen to and the best dance songs of 2012. Somewhere […]Read more "Celebrities in Dadaab"
I came to Dadaab with a research plan, to identify NGO sponsored trainings outside of formal education or accredited programming aimed at empowering learners with particular emphasis on women. I realize now that all NGO training aims to empower learners. Focusing on women has, unfortunately, proved problematic. Most training aims for a gender balance, and […]Read more "Research Progress and Roadblocks"