CFEE Joint Seminar on Contemporary Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa (2016-2017)
With the Department of Social Anthropology of Addis Ababa University
Use of Visual Media in Research and Dissemination of Research on Gender Issues in North-Western Tigray, Ethiopia
By Thera Mjaaland (PhD), UiB Global, University of Bergen, and Center for Gender Studies, AAU.
Friday, December 30, 2016, 3:00–5:00 pm
Venue: Room NCR 119, College of Social Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Sidist Kilo Campus
Dr. Thera Mjaaland is a Norwegian photographer and social anthropologist. Her study area in Ethiopia is Asgede Tsimbla Wereda in north-western Tegray, where she has done research on women in the aftermath of struggle, girls’ education and under-age marriage in the context of social reproduction and change. Currently, she is researching competing discourses on youth sexual and reproductive health and the lack of focus on sexuality when early marriage is addressed as well as boys’ responsibility, and the consequent influence this has on girls’ success in and through education. In this presentation, she will reflect on her own work and show examples of using visual media both as a research method and for disseminating research.
Trained as an art photographer at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, UK (1977–80), Dr. Thera Mjaaland was exhibiting frequently in Norway and abroad until the mid-1990s. She then lectured in photography at Bergen Academy of Art and Design, and headed its Department of Specialized Arts for two years (1999-2000). She has a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology (2004) and a Ph.D. in Gender and Development (2013) from the University of Bergen, Norway, where she also served as an associate professor on the M.Phil. program in Gender and Development for two years. She is now an independent researcher affiliated to UiB Global, a center for research on development-related issues and global challenges at University of Bergen. She is also affiliated to Center for Gender Studies, Addis Ababa University.