Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3pm
CNM Meeting Room, Level 3, AS6
In this week’s department’s talk, CNM Graduate Research Seminar students share their preliminary theoretical frameworks and findings.
Voices of Hunger: Negotiating health and everyday experiences of hunger among the food-insecure in Singapore
Despite Singapore’s reputation as a first world economic powerhouse, there exists a pocket of invisible poor that fall through the cracks. Their situation is made more complex by their experiences of food insecurity which affects their physical and mental health. This group of people are structurally, geographically, and communicatively erased from the dominant discourse. This study uses the culture-centered approach to engage in dialogue with the community of food-insecure individuals in Singapore, in order to develop a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of food insecurity. This participatory approach to communicating with the subaltern also creates an alternative space for them to articulate their everyday negotiations and to actively co-construct solutions that are meaningful to them.
Ahmed Abid (Rumee)
Alternative media and social change: A study on the plight of Rohingya minorities from Myanmar
The Rohingyas are Muslim minorities of North Arakan state of Burma (Myanmar). They are most marginalised as they do not have citizenship rights, freedom of movement and suffer from severe oppression by the state. By placing the ‘Rohingya’ stateless Muslim minorities from Burma (Myanmar) at the centre of the study, this research will try to find, whether alternative media could bring changes in their life. Here alternative media stand for non-mainstream press or news agency, social media, video data or film and indigenous performances. This study argues that through the intervention of alternative media based Culture Centered Approach (CCA) project, it is possible to politically empower and uphold the voice of subaltern community that will eventually lead to a transformation of their structural location.
Tan Ee Lyn
The unseen costs of economic might: Benzene poisoning in southern China
There has been a proliferation of benzene poisoning cases in China. In 2011, 510,000 people were left disabled due to work-related injuries and disease, up 22 percent from 2010. A prime example are cases of benzene poisoning, which come to light when workers fall ill and are later diagnosed with blood related diseases like leukaemia, leukopenia and severe anaemia. This qualitative study traces how 35 migrant Chinese workers came to be poisoned. Key research questions are: To what extent do migrant workers sacrifice their health to make a living? How do they describe their work environments? How do factories circumvent national work safety regulations?
Communicating stories of social violence for social change: The meanings of health among impoverished Punjabi women Post-Green Revolution
Punjab, India saw significant social, economic, and cultural changes Post-Green Revolution, which was a period of important historical disjuncture and transition in the rural, agrarian life of the Punjabis. Missing from this discourse were the health impacts of the rural Punjabi women who were further impoverished with the introduction of agricultural technology into the state. The silenced Punjabi woman is structurally, culturally, and communicatively disenfranchised amidst the capitalist and patriarchal structures present in everyday agrarian life. This thesis aims to re-narrate the oral histories on the violence of the Green Revolution, with the objective of encapsulating the health meanings of subaltern Punjabi women. The aim is to foster the creation of communicative spaces to co-construct dialogue on health, in a bid to minimize prevalent health disparities.