IVSA ESCAC Members
Ratan Kumar Roy
I am a research scholar at the Department of Sociology, South Asian University, New Delhi. I have conducted an ethnography of television in Bangladesh towards my doctoral research. I take an interest in visual media and culture in Bangladesh as well as contemporary South Asia. Visual research methods and theoretical underpinning of visual and media anthropology helped me in exploring the politics of culture and society.
Beatrice Tura is a PhD student in Area Studies at the University of Portsmouth, developing a project on ‘Visual Representations of Minority Groups, Activism and the Everyday’. She has a background in anthropology and visual sociology, having obtained a Social Anthropology BA degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies ( London, 2013) and an MA degree in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths University (London, 2016).
I’m currently a PhD student at the unit for Epidemiology and Global Health at Umeå University in Sweden but I’m also affiliated with the Umeå Centre for Gender Studies. My background is within gender studies, political science and global health. The overall aim of my doctoral thesis is to explore and understand how teenagers involved in various civic organizations and leisure activities (both online and offline) develop a collective capacity to influence their mental health. This ethnographic study, based on participatory observations and photo elicitation explores teens’ own perspectives, meanings and experiences on how social processes in the context of civic spaces influence social factors of youth mental health such as stress and achievement pressure. These social factors are shaped by intersecting social positions and power relations in terms of class, ethnicity, gender, dis/ability, rural/urban location and so on.
Lise Ostgard Rangnes
Currently, I am studying Scandinavian Studies, Visual and Gender Studies at Humboldt University of Berlin. Before I moved to Germany, I went three years to art school and afterwards studied for two years Sociology in Norway, the country of my birth. I used to work as a freelance journalist and photographer and have had several art exhibitions.
I am a PhD student with a background as a photographer and book publisher. In my dissertation project I explore how adolescent participation in the graffiti subculture influences the life courses of individual. One of several tracks I follow is how participants in subcultures construct collective memories and identities through social media. Departing in cultural sociology I employ mixed methods combining network analysis and visual sociology. My research interests include production of meaning, valuation, subcultures, the sociology of generations, intersectionality and masculinity, as well as the relation between art, economy, and criminality. I hold an MA in sociology from Stockholm University and a BA in philosophy from Södertörn university.