Representation & Knowledge Production

Representation and Knowledge Production

Concerned by the multiple intersecting factors associated with power and representation in research, this theme aims to experiment with different approaches to the study of migration including: photography and documentary projects; the mapping and visualisation of research data; ways of translating and communicating research; and, the contested connections between advocacy and research.

This theme involves the MoVE:Method:Visual:Explore project which focuses on the development of visual and other involved methodologies to research the lived experiences of migrants in southern Africa.  MoVE explores the co-production of knowledge through the development of partnerships with marginalized migrant groups, including LGBTIQ migrants and migrants who sell sex.  With the aim of developing improved ways to integrate social action with research, MoVE involves collaboration with migrant participants, existing social movements, facilitators and trainers, and research students engaged in participatory research methods.  Various visual methods – including photography, narrative writing, participatory theatre, collage, poetry – and other arts-based approaches are explored as ways of producing, analysing, and disseminating research data. See below for the most recent publications under this theme.


2017 publications

Hushke, S. (Ed). 2017. Know my story. MoVE and ACMS: Johannesburg

Oliveira, E. Vearey J. 2018. Making research and building knowledge with communities: Examining three participatory visual and narrative projects with migrants who sell sex in South Africa. In: Capous-Desyllas, M., Morgaine, K. (Eds) Creating Social Change Through Creativity. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Oliveira, E., Vearey, J. 2017. Beyond the single story: creative research approaches with migrant sex workers in South Africa. Families, Relationships and Societies, 6, 317-321

Ripero-Muñiz, N., Fayad, S. 2017. Metropolitan Nomads: A Journey through Joburg’s Little Mogadishu. MoVE and ACMS: Johannesburg.

2016 publications

Dill, L.J., Vearey, J., Oliveira, E., Castillo, G.M., 2016. “Son of the Soil… Daughters of the Land”: poetry writing as a strategy of citizen-making for lesbian, gay, and bisexual migrants and asylum seekers in Johannesburg. Agenda 30, 85–95.

Landau, L.B., Palmary, I., 2016. Legacies, Linkages and Limits: Teaching Migration Studies in a South African University. Migration Studies 4, 276–280.

Milne, E.-J., 2016. Critiquing participatory video: experiences from around the world. Area 48, 401–404.

Oliveira, E., 2016. Empowering, invasive or a little bit of both? A reflection on the use of visual and narrative methods in research with migrant sex workers in South Africa. Visual Studies 31, 260-278.

2015 publications

Oliveira, E., 2015. Marginalised Migrant Populations and the Use of Visual and Narrative Methodologies in South Africa. Refugee Review: Re-Conceptualizing Refugees and Forced Migration in the 21st Century 2.

Oliveira, E., Vearey, J., 2015. Images of place: visuals from migrant women sex workers in South Africa. Medical Anthropology 34, 305–318.

Wilson, S. and Milne, E. J., 2015. Visual activism and social justice: Using visual methods to make young people’s complex lives visible across ‘public and ‘private’ spaces. Current Sociology 64, 140-156.