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  • Erick Oduor PhD Defense
    9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    May 28, 2015
    Erick Oduor PhD Candidate SIAT Title " Family Communication Technology Design in Rural and Low Income Parts of Kenya " Abstract This dissertation focuses on understanding how families communicate over distance when using technology in Kenya, and how we should think about designing technology to support family communication over distance between rural and urban settings of the country. The dissertation is divided in two parts. The first part explores family communication practices in rural and urban Kenya, while the second part uses the results from the first part to inform the design of communication technology for these families. Results from the first part of this dissertation reveal that family communication focuses on economic support, well-being, life advice, and everyday coordination of activities. However, Infrastructure challenges and social factors such gender and reduced access to technology complicates family connection efforts using technology. As a result, families living in rural and low income urban regions of Kenya are not able to share experiences beyond phone and textual exchanges. I help address this problem in the second part of the dissertation by using findings from the first part of this dissertation to I inform the design of a photo-sharing application and service called TumaPicha. TumaPicha supports rural and low income urban families to share common experiences and feel connected with each other using intermediaries to overcome connectivity and literacy issues. TumaPicha also supports rural families in using technology to capture activities in the village and share these experiences with relatives who live in urban areas. The results presented in this dissertation highlight new opportunities for technology design. I also highlight six design guidelines and articulate the opportunities that designers will face if creating or deploying family communication technologies in rural and low income urban areas of Kenya. This dissertation presents findings that show promise for simple media sharing applications in Kenya that rely on a mixture of technology opportunities and existing social processes. Examining Committee Chair - Rob Woodbury Senior Supervisor - Carman Neustaedter Supervisor - Kate Hennessy Internal Examiner - Halil Erhan External Examiner - Nicola Bidwell, Professor, Information Systems, University of Namibia
  • Daniel Gladstone MA Thesis Defense
    12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    May 28, 2015
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  • Meagan Simon, MA Thesis Defence, Sociology & Anthropology
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    June 1, 2015
    A MA Candidate in Sociology, Meagan Simon will be defending her thesis: Trans/gender Sincerities: A Dialogic Analysis of Four Young People’s Embodied Subjectivities on Monday June 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in AQ 5067 (Ellen Gee Common Room), Burnaby Campus. Abstract This thesis combines dialogic theory, intersectionality, and transfeminism in an interpretive case study of how four young people make sense of and negotiate their trans/gender embodied subjectivities. Between January and August 2014 , I gathered data using narrative, walking, and art-based interviews, and a focus group. Using dialogical data analysis, I construct three layers of argument that cumulatively contend trans/gender sincerities – subjective realities – are multi-voiced and emergent in dialogic relations with others. First, I interpret the multiple ways participants’ sense their embodied selves, and how they negotiate processes of (mis)gendering. Second, I analyze the contested meanings of trans and cis within participants’ utterances, emphasizing the transformative potential of espousing multiple trans/gender sincerities. Third, I conduct an intersectional analysis of class, race, settler colonialism, sexuality and gender, arguing that trans/gender sincerity is ‘not enough.’ Rather, it must coincide with a critique of how intersecting systems of power mutually constitute trans/gender embodied subjectivities. Chair: Dr. Wendy Chan, Professor Senior Supervisor: Dr. Ann Travers, Associate Professor, Sociology & Anthropology Supervisor: Dr. Marina Morrow, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences Supervisor: Dr. Sharalyn Jordan, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education External Examiner: Dr. Helen Hok-Sze Leung, Associate Professor, Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies
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