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Second-year Hannah Bassett on fieldwork, language and decolonization

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Second-year Hannah Bassett on fieldwork, language and decolonization

As a Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) Fellow, second-year Hannah Bassett is currently in the Philippines where she is doing fieldwork for her thesis on Philippine dive fisheries and continuing her Tagalog and Filipino culture studies. In a blog piece posted today, Hannah shares some of her poignant experiences in the learning process and breaks down the often overlooked role that language can play in either continuing colonialism or, instead, working toward decolonization.

Published in the SMEA blog, "Currents: Navigating society & sea," which Hannah founded and leads as Editor-In-Chief, the full post can be read here.

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Hannah Russell returns from fieldwork in Ghana

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Hannah Russell returns from fieldwork in Ghana

Hannah spent fall quarter in Takoradi, Ghana where she worked with NGO Hen Mpoana. Her project aims to examine the potential for nutritional security in coastal communities where there have been decreased landings of the small pelagic stocks the artisinal fleet depend upon. Hannah's fieldwork included surveying female fish processors, sellers, and consumers in fishery-dependent communities and her resulting thesis will include discussion of feminist interviewing techniques and the Gender and Development framework.

To read more about Hannah's time in Ghana, her personal blog can be found at hannahisinghana.blogspot.com

 

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Russell Awarded Boeing Fellowship

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Russell Awarded Boeing Fellowship

First year Masters student, Hannah Russell, has been awarded the highly competitive Boeing Fellowship to support her fieldwork in Ghana this coming fall. Russell will be working with Ghanaian NGO Hen Mpoano to study food security amongst fish consumers in Takoradi, Ghana in conjunction with their ongoing Sustainable Fisheries Management Program, funded by USAID. Her fieldwork will span three months and primarily involve performing interviews to gather data on the demographics of the consumers of small pelagic fish caught by the artisanal canoe fishery. 

 "Working with Eddie Allison on the human rights aspects of Ghanaian fisheries has been my academic dream since a Political Ecology class I took at Cal [Berkeley] in 2008," Russell said. "I am very grateful to Boeing, the University of Washington, and the professors who have supported me with this endeavor."

Her work will be part of a body of work to address USAID's Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative goals in Ghana.  
 

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