About the Participatory Cultures Lab

The Participatory Cultures Lab was established in 2010 by Claudia Mitchell, a James McGill Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in the Faculty of Education of McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

The Participatory Cultures Lab is organized around the study and use of visual and other participatory approaches to research and social action, and involves the work of collaborators and research students engaged in the study of participatory research. Central to the interests of team, this work includes the study and use of such visual tools as digital storytelling, photovoice, participatory video, participatory archiving, cellphilms, objects and things, collage, and other arts-based approaches in the process of collecting, analyzing, and working with research data. It also links to memory work, self-study and to various autoethnographic approaches to research. The work links to issues of social justice, focusing on such areas as youth sexuality and HIV and AIDS, gender-based violence, food security, and poverty alleviation.

Much of the work of the PCL takes place in collaboration with The Centre for Visual Methodologies and Social Change at The University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the Visual Methodologies for Social Change Unit, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It is also part of the Global Education, Diversity and Policy Research Group of the Department of Integrated Studies in Education.

The Participatory Cultures Lab draws on the engagement of research collaborators working in a variety countries including Canada, the US, South Africa, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Liberia, Vietnam and Indonesia and across a range of disciplinary areas including Education, Health and Agriculture.

Where We Are Located:

The PCL is located on the top floor of the Coach House at McGill University, 3715 Peel.
Claudia and her students work at The Faculty of Education, 3700 McTavish Street, H3A 1Y2 Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

 Street view image of where the Participatory Cultures Lab is located

Contact Us: 

Claudia Mitchell | Department of Integrated Studies in Education | Faculty of Education, McGill University | 3700 McTavish Street | Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 1Y2 | Tel 514 398 4527 Ext 094461 | Fax 514 398 4529

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