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Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) Postgraduate Forum - Save the date

(19 May 2017)

The third Postgraduate Forum for the 2016/17 academic year will be held on Wednesday, 14 June in W007, Geography between 12noon and 4pm. If you are interested to present your work or for more information please contact Hanna Ruszczyk, Postgraduate representative of the IHRR

Visual methods

• Have you used visual methods in your research? Can you share some of your best practices? Share some of your experiences, including failures?

• Are you interested to learn more about them

• Have you had any research impact with these forms?

• Have you been able to learn more about your research through the use of these tools?

• Share your work, best practices, lessons learnt

Confirmed postgraduate speakers

• Raihana Ferdous, PhD researcher and co producer of Off the Grid: a note from a Forgotten Island

• Nelli Stavropoulou, PhD researcher, Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, reflecting on the role of visual methods in facilitating alternative narratives around the refugee experience, from refugees and asylum seekers living in the UK.

• Hanna Ruszczyk PhD researcher and creator of Photo books

• Lucy Szablewski, PhD researcher / Pastoral Tutor, Department of Geography

If you are interested in presenting your work or for more information please contact Hanna Ruszczyk, Postgraduate representative of IHRR,

If you are interested in attending only, please register by email to with the below information:

1. Your name and department at Durham University

2. Any special dietary requirements you have

Zahra Hussain

Triggering memory through spatial-sequential inquiries; cartographing with IDP in Northern Pakistan Exploring spatial-sequential map making allows mundane details to be made part of the narrative of the map. In my 8-week field research with IDP in Hunza Valley, Northern Pakistan, I tried to understand how displaced community conceived the Attabad landslide disaster event and their own displacement. Whilst spatial-sequential maps surface details of land-use, spatial patterns, use of time and space, they also trigger memory and include a range of details that strengthen the narrative of map-maker, who in this case are the IDP from Attabad Landslide Disaster.

Nelli Stavropoulou

Negotiating Belonging: Digital Storytelling Practice with Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the North East

Visual methods such as digital storytelling offer new spaces of representation that invite individuals who have experienced forced displacement to creatively explore their own understandings of belonging, sanctuary and integration. Through a mixed-methodology of participant observation, digital stories and life narratives, my research seeks to create a safe space where participants are invited to share their experiences in such a way that challenges normative conceptions of refugees and allows them to become in charge of the process of re-presentation.

Hanna Ruszczyk

Learning through photobooks

Through the production of photobooks based on fieldwork trips, the process of choosing images to include and through which a story is created is explored. Utilising photobooks as a method to learn about risk perceptions is considered. Lastly, photobooks as a form of dissemination is also proposed.

Lucy Szablewski

It's ok to make mistakes - five valuable lessons learned from using visual materials with unintended consequences over the course of a PhD.