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Seminar: Mascha Gugganig (TerreWEB Associate)

March 6, 2014

Education, Activism and ʻGMOs’: Environment-based learning between Hawaiian cultural education and civic engagement on Kauaʻi

 Thursday, March 20th,

 2:00pm – 3:00pm (3:30pm for TW scholars)

 Room MCML 154

 Everyone welcome!

Abstract

The Hawaiian Islands have been defined as space of timeless romanticism. The Terreweb community is invited to ‘paradise’ of 15 months fieldwork on the island of Kaua‘i where the presence of several biotech companies has provoked increasing awareness of land use and local/global food production. Both at a Hawaiian-focused charter school and in the public, ʻGMO’ has become a hotly debated issue, which culminated in a County Bill on the regulation of genetically engineered crops and pesticide use. In this talk, I will give a glimpse into my doctoral research on spheres of learning at a school and a wider public concerned with the biotechnology of genetic engineering. The presentation accompanies the exhibit ʻHawaiʻi Beyond the Wave, Hawaiʻi Beyond the Postcard,’ which will be shown in March 2014 at the Liu Institute. For more information please visit http://hawaiibeyond.wordpress.com/  

Bio

Mascha Gugganig is a PhD candidate in anthropology, and a scholar at the Liu Institute at UBC. Mascha’s interest in visual arts as communication tool is reflected in her current project, the traveling exhibit ʻHawaii Beyond the Wave, Hawaii Beyond the Postcard.’ Besides visual arts and anthropology, science, technology and society studies (STS) provide a medium to better understand social change, food production, and land use in the 21st century. Originally from Vienna, Austria, Mascha earned her Master’s Degree in anthropology at the University of Vienna in 2009. She has conducted research in Hawaiʻi on cultural and environmental education since 2007, and plans to continue these endeavours in the future.

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