PE02


Community knowledge in academic research: in pursuit of epistemic justice 
Convenors:
Daniela C Beltrame (SDI Slum Dwellers International)
Diana Mitlin (University of Manchester)
Smith Ouma (University of Manchester)
Beth Chitekwe-Biti (SDI Slum Dwellers International)
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Format :
Experimental format
Stream :
Rethinking development approaches & practice

Short Abstract:

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.

Long Abstract:

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:

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