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Ashley Hobden, an MA student in Brock’s Child and Youth Studies program, led a presentation and discussion on February 4, 2013 as a part of International Development Week. She discussed her research on the conceptualization of the Brazilian Favela and her belief that there is a lot to be learned from the children in regards to their own interpretations of the social world and their place within it.
Ashley first went to Brazil in 2011 on a Solidarity Experiences Abroad trip with Brock’s Campus Ministries. With a keen interest in the lives of children, she then lived and volunteered in Rio de Janeiro for one year. During that year, she worked and lived with children in a Brazilian Favela. That experience motivated her to continue her research in the Brazilian Favela. In May, Ashley will be returning to Brazil to complete an ethnographic study of a Favela in Rio de Janeiro, as part of her thesis.
Ashley’s life experiences have motivated and shaped her educational and career goals. She said that she hopes to pursue a PhD degree and become a professor in the future, so that she is able to continue her childhood and cultural research in Brazil.