Excellence at Work | Dr. Nicole Pettitt

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — In this episode of “Excellence at Work,” Youngstown State University assistant professor of English and world languages, Dr. Nicole Pettitt, discusses her work with refugees, which she has pursued for over 20 years.

“One of the things that emerged that I wasn’t planning for was the use of cell phone photography by the refugee women,” says Pettitt.

Using the images Pettitt created a presentation, “Representing belonging: Refugee-background women’s personal photography.”

“I delved into research about how refugees are represented in the media, and I compared that to what I was noticing in my research,” she says.

The presentation was displayed at the “Imagining America 20th National Gathering: Mighty Dreams – Designing and Fostering Belonging in America,” event in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The photographs taken by the women, she posits, is a clear documentation of “settlement-in-place.”

“And I argue that that symbolically opens up more possibilities for belonging in their new communities.”

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