We learn in many ways, not least socially; our development of skills, values and identity traits given context by our interactions and relationships with others. This can be argued to be true for our genders as much as our jobs and without a critical eye on the structures, hierarchies and power involved in these processes we risk perpetually reproducing oppression, even (especially?!) in social justice work. I'm concerned with the relationship between situated learning and knowledge and the practice of gender in NGO work, especially in situations of violent conflict.
I am in the fourth and final year of a self-funded PhD. To date I have recieved no grants or awards from any academic body or charity. I have worked throughout the programme in order to support my own education. In January I am conducting a month of field research with the civilian protection NGO Nonviolent Peaceforce in Mindanao, Philippines. Data collected during this period will form the basis of my final thesis on gender and learning. I believe that this research will be of interest and use to both practioners and academics (or people who, like me, are a bit of both) and I am seeking support toward the costs of this research trip including
-International Flights £350
-Internal transportation within the philippines £250
-A data recorder £150
-Secure hard drive for backing up information in transit £50
-A first aid kit and other travel essentials £50
-Contingency funds £200
Any support would be very much appreciated and even if you don't contribute, I'd be delighted to discuss the research with you further if you drop me a line. In the mean time I'm blogging about the experience at praxiscommunitarian.tumblr.com . See you on the other side.
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