History Research Colloquium Series: Participatory Action Research and Examining & Reporting Correspondence

Thursday, October 28, 2021 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The UCF History Department is proud to host its Fall 2021 Research Colloquium, a series of monthly presentations and conversations featuring faculty and student research. 

October's presentation features Dr. Yovanna Pineda, Associate Professor of History and Dr. Hakan Özoğlu, Professor of History.

Pineda will present Conducting Digital and Ethnographic/Participatory Action Research during COVID, which focuses on her research involving on-site fieldwork to examine the meanings that local people place on farm technology in Argentina. The research involves on-site fieldwork in Santa Fe province to observe ritual and myth-making in the design, maintenance, and repair of harvesters. In this presentation, she shares how she used communication apps, such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, to continue ethnographic research during COVID. Ultimately, the regular contact with townspeople via the apps permitted her to expand into participatory action research, an approach emphasizing participation and action by community members affected by that research. 

Özoğlu will discuss his latest book, The Decline of the Ottoman Empire and The Rise of the Turkish Republic: Observations of an American Diplomat, 1919-1927. In the immediate aftermath of World War I, Rear Admiral Mark L. Bristol was US High Commissioner in the Ottoman Empire and later the Turkish Republic (1919–27). In reporting and examining Bristol’s official correspondence to the State Department, Özoğlu’s presentation will center on some notable reports Bristol sent to Washington dealing with the collapse of the last Islamic empire and the rise of the secular Turkish Republic. 

This a virtual event and registration is required in order to access the Zoom link. 

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