Stop killing us!

Monday, August 26th.

The body of a woman who was missing since last Friday was finally found this afternoon. It is on the news everywhere.

The disappearance of Letícia Sousa, 26 years-old, was commented everywhere, from social media to friends gatherings during the weekend. It was impossible not to hear about her. She was young, beautiful and her pictures were widely shared.

Now she will become another number, the 17th (woman victim of feminicide in 2019 only in Brasília (but this number can be even higher). A report reveals that more women are being killed in the country. Only in Sao Paulo, the biggest Brazilian city, in the first trimester, 37 women were victims of feminicide, against 21 in the same period of 2018. These are women who dared to say no, who dared just to be a woman, in a country that denies its sexism.

Numbers across for the whole country are hard to find, however, in 2018 an average of 922 women were granted protective measures per day. And these are only the 336.555 women who went to justice against their tormentors. Some cannot access such measures or are too afraid to do so.

Letícia was waiting for a bus to get to work, when at 7:40am the man stopped his car and offered a lift, claiming he was offering alternative transport to where she was headed. In his confession, he said that when she denied having sex with him, he strangled her.

The pattern is well known. Men get upset when hearing a ‘no’ from a woman, they don’t accept not being the ones making the decisions, some will perform some online harassment, some will get nasty, some will make threats, and some will kill.

So men, it is okay to hear a ‘no’ from a woman now and then. Get your shit together and educate your fellow colleagues. Let’s make the world safer for women.

Brasil 1 – first impressions

So, here I come Brasil.

First time in a little over two years. 34 hours trip, a lot to bring back in memories and luggage. A lot to absorve. A lot to relearn. A lot to achieve. My head full of expectations and hope.

As usual, coming back to my home country is always a mix of feelings, part of me embrace my older home, part of me misses the new home abroad. And, in this mess, I try to make connections, and exist in this ‘inbetweeness’.

My first impressions were regarding things related to my research. Like, how connected everyone is, always on their smartphones and WhatsApp messages and groups. Even my mother, the most non technological person I know, is on WhatsApp all day.

Another observation was how different I feel here in Brazil, comparing to all other countries I lived, especially the latest, Australia. It is like you switch a button or something inside you, or you swap lens, and you see everything under another light.

I decided to take it slow, and give myself a break before anything.

And that’s what I will write about next.

My days in a community surrounded by nature, indigenous peoples and peace.

Not yet…

Want a doctorate.

Why?

Not really sure. I have always held this as a goal.

Why?

I want to be able to be an effective educational leader.

Ok. So what are you interested in studying?

Umm . . . well . . . how leaders affect what happens in schools.

What do you like to read?

Yes, umm, yes, my Miller’s Analogies Scores weren’t very good (Why did I say that?).

Tell us about that.

I guess it’s because, my vocabulary is, well, I guess it’s because I haven’t read a lot of really difficult texts—I mean it’s not what I do in my leisure time, I mean I read for particular purposes . . . I didn’t grow up reading difficult texts. I grew up in a really small town, and I guess I wasn’t surrounded by . . . I guess I need to work on that.

So, what do you like to read in your leisure time?

Well, again, I read for particular purposes, to accomplish goals and tasks and once in a while read a John Grisham novel.

That pause.

That look.

(They don’t want me . . . I am not ready . . . I can’t do this . . .)

Not Yet . . .

Driving away, knowing I failed

Pit in my stomach, grows to a tightening in my throat

If only I had been more . . . careful

More certain, more polished

More scholarly, more refined

Not Yet . . .

Feeling ashamed, knowing I failed

Wondering why I lacked confidence

Why I mentioned my test scores

My vocabulary

Feel small, very small

Like my small town

Not Yet . . .

Growing angry and deeply sad, knowing I failed

Pretending I didn’t really want it

That it wasn’t necessary

Defending where I was from

Despising who I wanted to become

Not Yet . . .

Four years later I was admitted into a doctoral program and have now ascended through the ranks to full professor—and have since read more “challenging texts” than I can count. I now sit in judgment of others like me—wanting to be accepted into a doctoral program, wanting to pass preliminary exams, wanting to successfully defend dissertations. I wonder what pauses and looks I enact, embody, and give.

Mark D. Vagle, 2018 p. 27

Crafting Phenomenological Research

Connecting dots… and people

Last week we had our Higher Degree Research Conference, a place for researchers in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS to show their work and connect with colleagues. 

As a newbie in this academic world, this was my first conference. I was in the organizing committee, but more important than helping to organize this event was to see so many possibilities of research inside my faculty.  

Research and PhD life is a lonely endeavour and more often than not we find ourselves so immersed in our own struggles that we don’t have the time or even the motivation to see what is going on around us, what our colleagues are doing. I find myself on this spot a lot! But it is when I allow myself to see and hear what others are doing that I feel more inspired and excited about my own research. 

Seeing so many different works made me realize that it is possible to research in so many ways, from so diverse standpoints. It is amazing. And a conference is the best place to see this diversity in a short period of time.

Research with a heart 

All the projects I saw during the conference helped me in some way to figure out something on my own research, even when it was a research on education or what topic not related to my own in any way, and all were interesting and inspiring. But, two of them made me think a little more how our personal experiences can be used as a strength in research. 

Life on the Edge, by Sinead Roarty, was a great surprise to me – as I didn’t know her and hadn’t heard about her research before, and we are in the same faculty… She is using walking methodologies to understand the relationships the community form with a place known as a place for suicides in Australia – The Gap.  

Her presentation begins with her memories of the place, that she used to visit during her childhood. Besides the research around traumascapes, she is also writing a novella, as a creative outcome. 

What made this presentation so special to me, was her engaging storytelling and her personal relationship with the research. You could see that she was deeply present in her research and this made it all so much more powerful.


Scripting for screen and space: how alternative exhibition formats such as virtual reality are impacting poetic documentary practice by Renée Brack sounds (and it is) incredibly technical and sophisticated but it was also filled with her personal story. Personal archive and her relationship with dementia (experienced by her father) were used to produce a Virtual Reality video and a poetic documentary to help the public to have a grasp of what it is to live with dementia and, hopefully, bring more awareness and empathy to this illness. 

Renée’s presentation made me realize that our stories are our strength, they are what make each one of us unique in the competitive academic world and that we (me) should explore this more.  

Both projects showed me how our personal stories can lead to exceptional research work and make our projects even stronger. And made me proud and grateful to be part of such inspiring team of researchers.

Life After the PHD 

There should be life after PhD, right? So, on the first day, we heard  The Thesis Whisperer, Inger Mewburn, on work possibilities for PhD graduates. She brought data about employment in Australia for graduate researchers. And, believe it or not, there are many jobs out there for us! Yeah! 

What I’ve got from her talk is that we have to connect the dots and use all things we do during the PhD to show the recruiters we have the skills for such jobs – most of them don’t know exactly what a PhD involves and we should translate our skills to their vocabulary.  For example, when they ask about time management, budget management, project management etc. 

Also, we shouldn’t only focus on our research (this is hard, I know) and try to engage in courses or events (such as organizing a conference, box ticked for me!) to have a more diverse CV and more connections. And be aware of all the course our universities offer and other opportunities to make our CVs juicier and looking great. I also think these courses can help my research. What about you? 

For me, Inger’s talk was about being practical and thinking ahead, as there will be a life after the PhD, and we will gonna rock it! 

In sum, a research conference, besides being a place to show your work, make connections with colleagues, can bring a wide range of inspirations and insights for our careers as researchers. I am eager to participate in the next one, maybe next time, dealing with my fears and anxieties to present something (really scary!!!).

objETHOS entrevista Cláudia Nonato

Interesting to see this economic aspect of alternative media – or media of the outskirts – the term Claudia Nonato uses.
“We are past the ‘independence glamour’. Now it is an issue of survival.”

objETHOS

Produção e edição: Dairan Paul e Juliana Freire

O Observatório de Ética Jornalística inicia mais uma série de entrevistas com pesquisadores para discutir questões contemporâneas do jornalismo e suas implicações éticas. Deserto de notícias, uso de robôs nas rotinas produtivas, contribuições marxistas para uma prática contra-hegemônica e as relações do jornalismo com a democracia e os direitos humanos são alguns dos assuntos que pautaram as conversas.

A primeira entrevistada da série é Cláudia Nonato, professora do Mestrado Profissional em Jornalismo do FIAM-FAAM Centro Universitário, em São Paulo. Nonato também é pesquisadora do Centro de Pesquisa em Comunicação e Trabalho (CPCT-ECA/USP), coordenado pela profa. Dra. Roseli Figaro. Lá, desenvolve pesquisas sobre novos arranjos econômicos no jornalismo, especialmente aqueles organizados em coletivos.

Durante sua participação no 41º Congresso Brasileiro de Ciências da Comunicação (Intercom), em Joinville, Nonato apresentou dados da pesquisa que coordena atualmente no FIAM-FAAM, voltada ao perfil de jornalistas que…

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Techno optimism?

After all, no one can dispute that in the 20th century more advances were made in technology than in all the previous centuries put together. How, then, can we account for the fact that more people were slaughtered in the 20th century, including as many as ten million children, by wars and mayhem than in all the previous centuries? How can we account for the fact that the three most influential ideologies of the 20th century were Nazism, Fascism, and Communism, each of which reduced the significance of the human spirit so that people fled from them whenever they could? Is it not possible that behind the noon-day brightness of technological ingenuity there lurks something dark and sinister, something that casts a terrible shadow over the better angels of our nature?

Postman, N. (2000). The humanism of media ecology. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the Media Ecology Association.