Elizabeth Hagestedt

Elizabeth Hagestedt

PhD candidate


Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier


Inequality, culture and health
Indigenous peoples
Visual anthropology and materiality

I am a PhD Candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier. My research focuses on the online presence of La Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador (CONAIE), a national indigenous organization in Ecuador. Based out of Quito, I am currently investigating the representational choices made by the organization, their communication aims, and the ways in which these approaches reflect the diversity of the organization.

Part of my research consists of a photovoice project designed to incorporate the perspectives of youth into the communicative practices of CONAIE. The photovoice workshops are funded by a Freya Milne Memorial Award from the Centre for Youth and Society at UVic. I will also be incorporating my own visual materials into the research process with a focus on photography.

Originally from Oregon, I received a joint BA in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Oregon in 2008, studying abroad in Rosario, Argentina during the second year. I then completed a MA of Research Methods in Anthropology at Durham University in the UK, completing a thesis comparing the representational text used on the websites of CONAIE and two other large-scale South American indigenous organizations, which my current work builds on.

My broader research interests include new technologies, perception and representation of self, social inequalities, online community, connections between online and offline experience, and new, visual, and cross-disciplinary research methods.

I currently hold a Graduate Fellowship from the University of Victoria, and received the 2016 Andy Farquharson Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. In 2015 I completed the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education certificate.

You can find more information about me and my research on my website and blog

To see photos from my travels visit my Flickr page