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2015 Public Ethnography Award recipients

October 14, 2015
Source: Crossroads

The 2015 recipients of the Public Ethnography Awards are Hingman Leung, Tanya Shewfelt, and a shared award for Frances Clarke and Tara Hansen. These awards are presented for noteworthy fieldwork-based projects that appeal directly to new audiences of scholarly research through the use of new media and new genres.

For the past five years at convocation, three meritorious Royal Roads University students who employed the research strategy of public ethnography have been awarded the Public Ethnography Award, valued at $1,000 each. These awards are made possible through funding from the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography. Public ethnography means scholarship for a new communication paradigm. It entails getting people involved in learning together, and new ways of disseminating knowledge across various platforms to share research with the public.

Hingman Leung’s thesis for her Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication program is a short film on attitudes towards food and food waste in China called No Doggy Bag Please.

Tanya Shewfelt’s thesis for her Master of Arts in Professional Communication program is an ethnographic study that provides an insider's look at being a victim of domestic violence, social issues such as victim blaming, and the theory of resistance: that victims employ strategies of resistance rather than passively responding to violence.

Frances Clarke and Tara Hansen are receiving the Public Ethnography award for their collaborative class project, "Our Friendly Vancouver", conducted for their public culture course in the Royal Roads Intercultural and International Communication program. For their project, they collected stories of kindness in Vancouver to offset unfair stereotypes of the city in order to shift how citizens engage with each other.

Read more about these students' projects here.