Please join us for Change next Tuesday (Jan 22) at noon in *CSE 203*.

*Who:* Sara Vannini, UW Communication & Integrated Social Sciences
*What:* Visual methodologies in participatory ICT4D
*When:* Tuesday, Jan 22, 12-1pm
*Where:* CSE 203


In this talk, Sara Vannini will present the reflections from a published
article with colleagues Caitlin Bentley (Nanyang Technological University)
and David Nemer (University of Kentucky), which analyzes the use of visual
methodologies in participatory research in ICT4D. While new methods are
needed to shed light on unique and integrative concepts of ICT across
cultures, this presentation explores the use of visual methods to
facilitate critical engagement with ICT—defined as situational awareness,
reflexive ICT practice and power and control over ICT. This definition of
critical ICT engagement is informed by a cultural identity lens, and
intends to improve participatory methods in ICT for Development (ICT4D) and
community technology design and application. Three case studies will be
presented, each employing visual methods to shed light on concepts and
practices of ICT cross-culturally. The presentation aims to offer a way for
researchers and practitioners to engage with cultural issues in
community-based research and design using visual methodologies.


Sara Vannini is a Lecturer at the Department of Communication and at the
Integrated Social Sciences program at UW. Sara’s research is in the field
of Information and Communication Technologies for Development, focusing in
particular on issues of Public Access to ICTs, social appropriation of
technologies, information and migration, and participatory and visual
methodologies of inquiry. Sara holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from
the University of Lugano, Switzerland, and an M.A. in Latin American
Literatures from Bologna University, Italy.

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