2. Ciann Wilson and Sarah Flicker (York University): Picturing Transactional $ex: Ethics, Challenges and Possibilities

Abstract: In this chapter, we explore the engagement of an iterative approach to participatory visual methodologies, which produced both qualitatively rich insights and unique ethical challenges around the issue of transactional sex among young people. Our project employed an iterative data collection and analysis process. At each step, we engaged in a variety of participatory arts-based data collection strategies to explore adolescent girls’ sexual health in the context of structural inequality. As we proceeded, we refined the questions we were asking, to develop more nuanced and situated understandings.  In particular, we became increasingly interested in the ways that research participants were depicting and talking about transactional sex. As we dug deeper into the issues, we continued to reflect on the ethical implications of our work. 

3. Cynthia Selin and Gretchen Gano (Arizona State University): Seeing Differently: Enticing Reflexivity through Mediated Participation in Place in the Futurescape City Tours

Abstract: The Futurescape City Tours experiment with new digital and visual methods to enhance the quality and depth of citizen engagement with the social and political dimensions of emerging technologies. By drawing in diverse viewpoints to reimagine sociotechnical pathways, our goal is to amplify citizens’ voices and foster a critical gaze. This case, a large-scale public deliberation created by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University, involved designing and conducting engagement experiences that invited city residents to join a walking tour where they reflect on the urban environment up close, interact with stakeholders and experts, capture their experiences using photography and examine those images in the context of past, present and future visions in image-based deliberative sessions. As a research project, Futurescape City Tours seek to better understand the value and functionality of public engagement activities that integrate diverse stakeholders and publics, tend to the politics of place, rigorously trigger imagination, and creatively use multi-media tools.

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