Migrant mothers: family photographs and the intra-active fashioning of a visual-material ethics

Pitt-Alizadeh, Penelope 2013, Migrant mothers: family photographs and the intra-active fashioning of a visual-material ethics, in IVSA 2013 : The Public Image : Program of the International Visual Sociology Association 2013 Annual Conference, IVSA, London, England, pp. 79-79.

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Title Migrant mothers: family photographs and the intra-active fashioning of a visual-material ethics
Author(s) Pitt-Alizadeh, Penelope
Conference name International Visual Sociology Association conference (2013 : London, England)
Conference location London, England
Conference dates 8-10 July 2013
Title of proceedings IVSA 2013 : The Public Image : Program of the International Visual Sociology Association 2013 Annual Conference
Editor(s) unknown
Publication date 2013
Conference series International Visual Sociology Association annual conference
Start page 79
End page 79
Total pages 1
Publisher IVSA
Place of publication London, England
Keyword(s) migrant mother
photographs
family
ethics
Summary Migrant mothers play crucial roles within the social landscape of schools, particularly in providing care, education and a transition between home and school for their children. My research considers the relevance of theories of space, place, temporality and mobility in Iranian migrant mothers’ production of subjectivity for themselves and their children in and through their family photograph collections. Gillian Rose’s anthropological approach to visual objects is put to use in an exploration of the co-constitution of migrant women and their photographs. In this paper, I trace the shaping of a visual-material ethics within the research context and appropriate to the sensibilities and needs of the participant women who each moved from Iran to Australia with their children. Karen Barad’s notion of a posthumanist ‘ethics of mattering’ is drawn upon in conceptualising a visual-material ethics as fashioned in the intra-actions of people and visual objects. Specific ethical issues considered include the collaborative process of producing a family photograph, and the shaping and reshaping of images from photograph to line drawing to hybridised photograph-line drawing. A research ethics committee’s application of a liberal individualist, utilitarian and positivist biomedical paradigm in considering the research project is discussed as not only inadequate but also incompatible with the fashioning of a visual-material ethics in concert with the participant women and their photographs.
Language eng
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057026

Document type: Conference Paper
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