This panel will concentrate on collaborative research and knowledge co-production seeking epistemic justice. We welcome submissions in various mediums that explore emancipatory research practices that meaningfully engage low-income and marginalised communities.
The pursuit of epistemic justice is a key element of the more broad underpinning of social justice within development studies. Supporting counter-hegemonic inquiry means making real space for alternative and underexplored approaches to research. The task ahead is to lighten the burden communities face when having to stand their (epistemic) ground, by widely acknowledging their expertise and legitimacy. We propose a panel to concentrate on the challenges and opportunities that collaborative research and knowledge co-production present when seeking epistemic justice.
The proposed panel will be structured as a horizontal learning exchange, following one of Slum Dwellers International’s (SDI) main ritualised practices for emancipatory change. We seek submissions in varied mediums: papers, write-ups, presentations, video, voice montage, visual art, etc., that speak broadly to the question of contributing to epistemic justice through meaningful academic engagements between various epistemic communities including both community and academic researchers.
The session will have 3 moments. The first moment will be dedicated to flash presentations, and a collective virtual “walk through” a board with the submitted contributions, where all will be requested to leave at least a question or comment to each contribution through virtual post-it notes. Secondly, there will be a plenary discussion, to go through all comments and questions on the board, to highlight any overarching and emerging topics, and kick-start an open discussion. The final section will be devoted to creating and strengthening networks and next steps, aimed at linking colleagues who may be working on similar issues or from similar perspectives.
Accepted contributions:Session 1
Geoffrey Nwaka (Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria)
Thomas Karakadzai (Dialogue On Shelter Trust)
Alice Menya (Nuvoni Centre for Innovation Research) Beatrice Hati (International institute for social studies (ISS) Jan Fransen (Erasmus University Rotterdam) Caroline Archambault (Leiden University College) Stephen Nyagaya (Nuvoni Centre for Innovation Research)
Chongom Aron Aimol (University of Allahabad)
Duvan H. López M (UPC - Polytechnic University of Catalonia) Mathieu Feagan (University of Waterloo)
Sakhi Nitin Anita (SOAS University of London)
Priya Singh (Indian Institute for Human Settlements) Vikas John (Indian Institute for Human Settlements)
Dr. Claude Samaha (Basmeh Zeitooneh Organisation) Ralph Haddad (Basmeh Zeitooneh for Relief and Development)
Daniela C Beltrame (SDI Slum Dwellers International) Smith Ouma (University of Manchester) Diana Mitlin (University of Manchester) Beth Chitekwe-Biti (SDI Slum Dwellers International)
Kole Odutola Odutola (University of Florida)
Vanesha Manuturi (Kota Kita Foundation) Fildzah Husna Amalina (SOAS, University of London)