SAGE Open (Feb 2016)

Relational Accountability in Indigenizing Visual Research for Participatory Communication

  • Verena Thomas,
  • Joys Eggins,
  • Evangelia Papoutsaki

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 6


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This article argues that an indigenous approach to communication research allows us to re-think academic approaches of engaging in and evaluating participatory communication research. It takes as its case study the Komuniti Tok Piksa project undertaken in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. The project explores ways in which visual methods when paired with a community action approach embedded within an indigenous framework can be used to facilitate social change through meaningful participation. It involves communities to narrate their experiences in regard to HIV and AIDS and assists them in designing and recording their own messages. Local researchers are trained in using visual tools to facilitate this engagement with the communities.