DocNet Seminar 2018 - Doing diversity/interculturality/decoloniality in development research

UniPID DocNet organizes its next annual academic get-together in Tvärminne Research Station on 27-28 September 2018. This will be a two day retreat, which includes both plenary and workshop sessions. The seminar aims at bringing together the doctoral candidate and supervisor members* of UniPID DocNet. This is to facilitate networking and the exchange of knowledge and experiences between the network members.

The topic of this years’ seminar is Doing diversity/interculturality/decoloniality in development research. The academic objective is to bring into development research and academic writing different forms of knowledge, sources and studies that go beyond the subjectivity of the researcher. The proposed approach goes beyond the most-consolidated practices of participatory methodologies where involvement of local participants is often reduced to the collection of factual data and phenomena without the recognition of deeper cultural and structural contexts in which that information is gathered. More profoundly, we aim to discuss the ethics of the research process; to engage participants with literature informing of epistemologies and ontologies of non-Western subjects; and to exchange ideas on methodologies and practices that can make alternative knowledges arise.

In addition to plenary presentations and discussions, small group work will enable comments from a variety of development scholars to the participating PhD researchers’ short texts, which shall be submitted as pre-assignments.

As in previous years, the programme will be planned in a way that should enable travelling to and from Tvärminne during the seminar days from around Finland. UniPID will organize joint transportations Helsinki-Tvärminne-Helsinki, and cover other reasonable travel costs, meals and accommodation for the participating doctoral candidates.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Deadline for registrations is 27 August 2018. Please note that the seminar is for members of UniPID DocNet only.

* see here for a list of DocNet members, including both candidates and supervisors. If you would like to have your information removed, please contact Johanna Kivimäki by e-mail.