Emily Horton was invited to present at the "Art-science Collaboration for Ecology and Conservation" symposium held at the U.S. International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) meeting in Fort Collins, Colorado. The symposium was organized by postdocs from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and explored current art-science initiatives in conservation and potential future innovations. Emily shared how she employed visual ethnography methods (photography) during fieldwork to answer research questions, inform federal policy discussions, and disseminate findings to study communities via photography exhibits. The inspiring exchange reinforced Emily's desire to continue exploring the art-science interface in her work.
This May in Quixeramobim, Ceará, and as a part of her ongoing collaborative work with FUNCEME, Cydney Seigerman conducted fieldwork with PhD student Hela Guesmi and research fellow Mariana Macahdo Rios, supervised by Dr. Julien Burte (FUNCEME/CIRAD- UMR G-EAU, France). The fieldwork was part of an on-going multi-institution project to assess strategies for sustainable multi-use of small water resources in semi-arid areas. Over two days, the team used GIS methods to assess landscape features, conducted semi-structured interviews, held a focus group, and did participatory mapping with members of a rural community in the region. They also met with the directors of the regional headquarters of COGERH, the State Water Company of Ceará of Quixeramobim.
During her May fieldwork in Ceará, Cydney Seigerman participated in a performance arts directing workshop organized by the Escola Porto Iracema das Artes in Fortaleza. The meeting was part of the ongoing work by the study group “Dramaturgia: o que quer e o que pode o corpo” grupo de estudos (Directing: what the body wants and can”), led by Dr. Thereza Rocha, professor of Dance at the Federal University of Ceará (UFC). During the two-hour workshop, Cydney engaged with local directors in discussions that used critical social theory to explore the role of the director in a production.
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