Decolonising the Researcher - keynote and panel discussion
From Ruth Denton
Decolonisation has become a ubiquitous term in recent years and is in danger of being co-opted, diluted, and rebranded by the very institutions in need of radical reform. We often hear that “it is necessary to decolonise our institutions” but in practice, how do we as a community of researchers and students integrate decolonial methodologies in a meaningful way? How can we implement change in our own research and practice going forward?
Join Dr Awino Okech (SOAS), Dr Eka Ikpe (King’s), Dr Ian Calliou (Coventry University), Dr Andrea Espinoza Carvajal (King's) and Siseko H Kumalo (University of Pretoria) for a half-day workshop on what decolonisation can bring to the research process, sharing experiences and strategies on how they navigate issues such as positionality, ethics, power, and control. What are the methods they use to actively decolonise their work and the research field? The workshop structure will enable attendees to reflect on their own research projects with the aim to facilitate a space for progressive dialogue between academics and researchers, across career stages, on the practical ways in which we can engage with decolonising methodologies.
Workshops/ Breakout Rooms
1. Co-production and Participatory Research
What are the ways by which we can co - produce knowledge, what are the challenges that researchers face and how have they resolved these issues? This session aims to equip attendees with a better understanding of the principles and practices of co-research/co-produced knowledge.
Hana Riazuddin, King’s College London
Dr Andrea Espinoza Carvajal, King’s College London
2. Going into the field/e-fieldwork
How do we prepare to enter the field? How do we navigate the field and interact with participants in ways that endeavour to avoid reproducing power hierarchies or silencing particular voices? How do we create a research environment that enables participants to feel that their knowledge and contribution are valued/honoured? This breakout room session seeks to equip attendees with a better understanding of the critical steps to do prior to entering the field/e-field.
Dr David Mwambari, King's College London
Claire Crawford, King's College London
3. Coming back from the field: Decolonising methodologies and the write up.
What role does reflexivity play in the post-fieldwork phase? What can we do to give back to interviewed communities or groups from the field? What can we do in the writing-up phase to not silence the voice of research participants?
Dr Glorieuse Uwizeye, Dartmouth College
Dr Eva Nanopoulos, Queen Mary, University of London
4. Working with your own community
How do we navigate the insider/outsider perspective when working with our own community and applying decolonising methodologies? Does this create additional tensions that require deeper reflexivity?
5. Engaging with the Archive
How to apply decolonising methodologies to our study of archive material, in challenging the conventional narratives of the canon, addressing limitations and failures of data and subsequent real-world implications.
Dr Ana Laura Zavala Guillen, Queen Mary University
Dr Martha Avalos-Pelaez, Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla