Participatory photography project helps immigrants document, reflect upon, and share their experiences as newcomers to Nova Scotia.

Open Doors 2013

On Thursday, November 14, the Mount will showcase the lives of newcomers to Nova Scotia through a pop-up gallery of their own photos and stories. The gallery features photographs taken through an ongoing community-based project titled, Refugees Learning and Storytelling through Participatory Photography.

Participatory photography is a practice allowing participants to contribute to research through images. This creates a unique opportunity to overcome language barriers and cultural differences to preserve and showcase their first-hand perspectives.

“This project has given us the chance to engage our immigrant and refugee communities in building a greater understanding of their lives,” said Dr. Susan Brigham, Principal Investigator and Associate Professor of Education. “By being actively involved in the research process, our participants share in a unique learning experience in close collaboration with our team of researchers.”

As part of the gallery showcase, Dr. Brigham will discuss how community engagement fuels this research initiative and the important learning opportunities it creates for students, researchers and participants alike. Research participants will also be in attendance to share their experiences.

Event Details

When: Thursday, November 14

Official Remarks: 2:30 p.m.

Gallery Display: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Where: Seton Academic Centre 404
Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Presented as part of Open Doors, Open Knowledge, a national series of university open houses, this event celebrates the value of community engagement. By working with community partners, the Mount’s research centres facilitate critical advancements in the fields of education, nutrition, gerontology, childhood development, and more. These relationships allow our students to access diverse learning experiences while sharing the direct benefits of our teaching and research with the community.

About Mount Saint Vincent University

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For more information:

Ben Boudreau, Public Affairs
t: (902) 457-6439 c: (902) 441-0505