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Power and Methods (ARIN webinar)

5th March 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

14.30-16.30 (East Africa Time/Nairobi)
5 March 2021, online

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During 2021, the African Research and Impact Network (ARIN) are convening a series of events and engagements on Methods. The ARIN events explore the question of Decolonising Methodologies to Sustainability in Africa.

In the Global South, ‘coloniality’ has long been associated with political rule over subordinated countries. Struggles for ‘decoloniality’ have evolved from the undoing of colonial rule to the even more fundamental challenge of freeing knowledge, practice, and culture from deeper worldwide concentrations of incumbent power.

This webinar, on 5 March 2021, focused on how larger theories about methodologies have been applied to engage, challenge and shift power, and rein in hierarchical authorities (coloniality) associated with methods in Africa.

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Clips from the Webinar:

Dr Joel Onyango: Overview of Decolonising Sustainability Research

Kennedy Mbeva reflects on how he has engaged with power and methods.

Dr Laura Pereira: has her work challenged power/reinforced the idea of coloniality over decoloniality

Dr Mathew Mabefam shares his experience on how he creates the space to decolonise through research

Dr Joanes Atela: Why are we talking about decoloniality?

Resson Kantai Duff and Irene Amoke: Conservation, sustainability and decoloniality – how it looks in practice.

This event is linked to a series of events entitled Challenging Research, as part of the STEPS Centre’s theme for 2021: Methods.

About the Methods theme

methodsMany methods offer ways to link knowledge and action for sustainability. But there are intense pressures to close down and narrow the way knowledge is produced and used for instrumental ends. What methodological assemblages, frameworks, tools and associated ways of being could help challenge these pressures, open up to more perspectives and participation in research, and allow us to pursue more plural pathways to sustainability?

Our resources on Methods explore the theme through a series of events, real-life examples and publications.

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5th March 2021
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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