Ten Master of Arts students in the Professional Communication program at Royal Roads University worked together in various crew positions under the direction of their professor, Dr. Phillip Vannini, to create a 27-minute documentary about life in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia.
Four Royal Roads University students and alumni are the recipients of $2,000 grants for projects that blend ethnography, media, and the arts to tell a story that shows both the nature and culture of wildness.
Amber-Leigh Polowich and Ian Cooper’s multimedia-based ethnographic research explores tourist perspectives of wildness in Central and South American World Heritage sites.
Wanting to know more than just the names of the pilots who take him to and from his home in the Gulf Islands, Phillip Vannini reached out to commercial operators in the region to find out what it's like to be in their float plane seat and why they fly so low and so slow. Vannini’s article in The Tyee tells some of his and their stories.
Six Royal Roads University students and/or alumni will be given $2,000 for a student- or alumni-led project blending ethnography, media, and the arts to tell a story about wilderness and wild places. Interested individual or team applicants should submit a 1000-word proposal by April 15, 2016.
This spring, Life off Grid producer and Canada Research Chair Phillip Vannini will release his latest documentary about the art of floatplane flight: Low and Slow. Filmed in multiple locations throughout the coastal region in British Columbia—dockside and in the air—Low and Slow shows floatplane pilots’ skills, passion, sense of freedom, love of place, and the artful knowledge of their craft.
Watch the trailer.
Schooled on Fat: What Teens Tell Us About Gender, Body Image, and Obesity, written by Nicole Taylor, is an ethnographic exploration of how teens navigated fraught realities of body image within a high school culture that reinforced widespread beliefs about body size as a matter of personal responsibility while offering limited opportunity to exercise and an abundance of fattening junk foods.
We are pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of the Public Ethnography Awards: Hingman Leung, Tanya Shewfelt, and a shared award for Frances Clarke and Tara Hansen. The Public Ethnography Awards are presented for noteworthy fieldwork-based projects that appeal directly to new audiences of scholarly research through the use of new media and new genres.
Author Tyler Fyfe speaks to Phillip Vannini, producer of Life Off Grid, about the documentary and off-grid lifestyle choices for the online magainzine, The Plaid Zebra. The article elaborates on Vannini’s insights: “it’s not about just disconnecting, it’s about what you do after. It’s not just about changing your lifestyle. It’s about changing how you think.”