Participatory visual methodologies for a more comprehensive approach towards engaging young people in policy dialogue and social change

Conference Highlights, Panels and Plenary, Regular Sessions
Visual Sociology and Methodologies

This session on visual sociology and methodologies for social change emerged from support for new scholars from the study “Networks for Change and Well-being: Girl-led ‘From the Ground Up’ Policymaking to Address Sexual Violence in Canada and South Africa”. Networks for Change is a 7-year SSHRC- and IDRC-funded study led by Claudia Mitchell (Canada) and Relebohile Moletsane (South Africa). The presenters examine how participatory arts-based research produces multiple ways of knowing for personal and social transformation and elaborate on how this work may help build a more comprehensive approach towards engaging young people in policy dialogue and social change.


Catherine Vanner, Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations in the Faculty of Education in the University of Windsor

Panelists and Presentations:

Pamela Lamb, McGill University

Pamela Lamb reflects on the significance of affect in learning from participatory media, which can leave audience members feeling motivated to respond to or retreat from the issues. Rather than disavowing difficult feelings, she argues that allowing for affective dissonance may afford opportunities for transformative learning and affective solidarity.

Hani Sadati, McGill University

Dr. Sadati utilized participatory arts-based game design to develop a digital serious game to address sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in agriculture colleges in Ethiopia. His research process and product aimed to build the college instructors’ capacity to combat campus-based SGBV. Instructors’ feedback confirmed the perceived effectiveness of the game.

Haleh Raissadat, McGill University

Dr. Raissadat conducted in-depth reflexive interviews with prominent scholars carrying-out participatory visual research with young people in the Global North and South. She developed a method of analysis, called ‘creating compositions’, to capture the nuances of the interactions among the researchers, participants, participatory visual research process, and desired change.

Organizer: Pamela Lamb, McGill University