9:30am-11:00am, November 19, Fri.
Seminar will be held online via Zoom. Please register below by 1:00 pm, November 18.
Multi-voiced and Multi-angle Reality of Disaster Risk Reduction Action Research
―Perspective of Chained Visual Ethnography
Assistant Prof. Genta NAKANO (Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University)
Disaster risk reduction action research involves various stakeholders such as researchers, government officers, community people, teachers and students. Stakeholders collaboratively carry out the action research, for example, making community plans, evacuation drills and educational activities. Since all the stakeholders are proactively involved in the action research, each stakeholder has their own way of looking/analyzing the action research progress and outcomes. In other words, a researcher has his/her own way of looking at the action research while community people have their own way of looking at the action research, thus there exists a multi-voiced and multi-angle reality of action research. However, evaluation of action research often reflects only the voice of researchers and is published in the form of academic paper and/or book chapters. The multi-voiced and multi-angle reality of action research remains as researcher's single-voice and single angle.
This presentation aims to propose chained visual ethnography of action research that depicts multi-voiced and a multi-angle reality. The visual ethnography (VE) that reflected the author’s reality was developed based on the disaster risk reduction practices in Mexico. The VE was viewed with the action research participants and their comment videos were developed. Thus, the multi-voiced and multi-angle reality of the practices from the standpoint of the researchers and the participants are visualized. The VE and videos are posted on a website to stimulate advanced practices which lead to further VE and comment videos as chained visual ethnography.