Its feels weird to say but now my video work is in a book by Routledge! In April 2012, I was invited by Stephanie Buechler and Anne-Marie S. Hanson to talk at the America Geographer’s Association (AAG) about the 2009 climate change video work we did in Tajikistan. After presenting our post-colonial collaborative video methodologies, I was invited to submit a paper, and today the book A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change has been launched. I will again be at this year’s AAG in Chicago to launch it.
Our chapter titled “Pamiri Women and the Melting Glaciers of Tajikistan: A Visual Knowledge Exchange for Improved Environmental Governance Citt Williams and Ivan Golovnev” explores cross-cultural understandings of environmental change through the collaborative use of audio-visual methdologies. Ivan Golovnev (Russian Visual Ethnographer and creative collaborator) and I outline some of the challenges associated with the co-creation of the work on location in the remote Pamir mountains in Tajikistan. We also take the opportunity to articulate a series of collaborative ‘international development communications’ protocols. Similar to the processes I learnt at CAAMA years ago, here are some of the protocols now in print for the consideration of others.
“The work outlined a set of guiding principles for collaborative knowledge production and researcher accountability. These principles include:
- recognition of co-production ownership and full participation;
- co-creation of visual script and study parameters;
- non-exclusive licensing of specific cultural materials respecting custodial and intellectual property;
- first person community storytelling and language translation;
- analysis and report editing on location with various community screening approvals;
- local language versioning;
- final community consent event;
- provision of a back-up hard disk copy of all materials created;
- regular feedbacks about report dissemination and
- the support and involvement of local representatives in international climate discussions.
If you would like to read the chapter, please let me know.
Pamir Women and the Melting Glaciers of Tajikistan: A Visual Knoweldge Exchange for Improved Environmental Governance. Citt Williams, United nations University, Tokyo, Japan and Ivan Golovnev, Institute of History and Archeology, Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Understanding and adapting to climate change requires recognition of the diversity of knowledge sources. Western climate science-to-policy paradigms paralyze public agency through elitist mechanistic science, market-driven governance decisions, and consumer skewed media networks. Such environmental governance is oppressive for peoples with different cultural configurations. The rise of Indigenous media has been a powerful repurposing of media instruments towards self-determination, dominant discourse resistance, and survival. We applied collaborative visual methods towards environmental change and activated marginalized knowledge systems and indigenous women’s voices. Our visual research (available at http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/tajikistan-women) argues a multiplicity of cultural narratives improves human agency and equitable environmental governance.