Each year since the creation of the Center for Social Well Being field methods course, the program organizes annual conference sessions and round table discussions with international social science associations to provide forums for the presentation of research and analytical results of students and professionals involved with Participatory Action Research (PAR) theory and methods. We encourage our outstanding field school participants to take advantage of this opportunity for critical reflection, analysis and formal presentation of significant conclusions, thus bringing the field experience full circle.

Research 2013

Society for Applied Anthropology  
73rd Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado March 19th – 23rd 2013
Conference theme: Natural Resource Distribution and Development in the 21st Century

Session Organizer:
Patricia Jean Hammer
Center for Social Well Being
The Inseparability of Natural and Social Resources in the Andes:
From Field Experience to Cognitive Epiphany
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Research 2010

Society for Applied Anthropology ( “Vulnerabilities and Exclusion in Globalization”
Mérida, México 70th Annual Meeting, March 24-27 2010

Invulnerabilidad y desglobalización:
Cultural resilience in health, agriculture, religion, fiestas and development in the Andes

An important finding in exploring responses to “globalization” among “vulnerable” societies is the strength of cultural continuity and resurgence of ancestral practices in the face of imposed models of “first world” progress. This collection of presentations provide Andean examples of how transnational interventions provoke actions that reinforce Quechua regional identity based on a shared cosmovisión of the inseparability of humans with their environment. Such responses contest neoliberal exigencies of the commoditization of natural resources, agroindustrialization, technocolonialization of thought through media and education, etc. Participants will interpret their exploratory field experiences with rural Quechua community members in attempts to understand and analyze alternative conceptualizations of life and society in the contemporary Andes. Key words: cultural continuity, field work, the Andes 

Session organizers 

Patricia J. Hammer (Center for Social Well Being)
Flor de María Barreto Tosi (Center for Social Well Being)
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Research 2006

Society for Applied Anthropology 2006 Annual Conference (Vancouver, Canada)

Session title:

Teaching, Learning and Applying Participatory Action Research:
Challenges, Signs of Success and Further Questions Raised.
Parts I, II and III

Session organizers:

Patricia J. Hammer (Center for Social Well Being)
Joyce D. Hammond (Western Washington University)

Session abstract:
There is increasing interest by students to gain orientation to Participatory Action Research as a means to acquire practical abilities to facilitate reflection, analysis, planning and action among communities of research. However, there exist few formal guidelines for assembling PAR courses offered in related disciplines of psychology, public health and anthropology, as well as in non-academic training settings, such as non-profit and civic organizations. This three-part session presents perspectives of PAR teachers and learners who will share significant experiences, insights and approaches that aid in the conceptualization and practice of the methodology, as well as dilemmas, drawbacks and difficulties intrinsic to teaching, comprehension and application of PAR methods. Part two opens the floor to PAR practitioners who will discuss and demonstrate recommended techniques.

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Research 2005

Society for Applied Anthropology
April 2005 Annual Conference
Santa Fé, New México

Toward an Anthropology of Collaboration:
Applying Participatory Action Approaches
in Graduate Research

This session presents the experiences, reflections and proposals for the incorporation of Participatory Action Research (PAR) methods in the design and implementation of graduate projects. Students who share critical perspectives on traditional social science approaches are increasingly concerned with problems of ethics and power relations with regard to “how” research is performed. This discussion explores the instruments developed in PAR and their potential for enhancing consciousness raising and praxis among communities of research. The changing roles of anthropologists with study participants and the creation of collaborative relationships throughout the process of defining goals, data generation, analysis and reaching consensus on the application of results will be addressed. Issues of social justice, protection of intellectual property, empowerment and advocacy are taken into consideration as fundamental to build socially aware and effective community participatory endeavors. Presenters participated in the Center for Social Well Being field methods program in Peru.

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Research 2004

Participatory Action Research: Paths to Transformation

Participatory Action Research:
Discovering Paths to Social Transformation

The Center for Social Well Being organized the presentation of research and analytical results of professionals and graduate students involved in Participatory Action Research (PAR), for the joint conference of the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Society for Medical Anthropology held in Dallas, Texas, April 2004. Many of the panel members were participants in CSW’s 2002 and 2003 Ethnographic Field Methods programs in Peru, who are taking advantage of this opportunity to present their own field research conclusions.

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