Call for papers: Indigenous Research Methodologies in the Modern Age

A recurring theme on the Genuine Evaluation blog has been the need for methodologies that adequately articulate and investigate the conceptual and values frameworks of participants and intended users – including the use of Indigenous Research Methodologies.

Next year’s International Conference on Social Science methodology, to be held in Sydney July 9-13 , will have a session focusing on ‘Indigenous Methodologies in the Modern Age’.

Proposals for papers for this session should be submitted by 1 December 2011.

The RC33 Eighth International Conference on Social Science Methodology
will be at the
University of Sydney, Australia, July 9 – 13, 2012.

A session focusing on ‘Indigenous Research Methodologies in the Modern Age’ has been convened by Bagele Chilisa (University of Botswana); Fiona Cram (Kaota Ltd, New Zealand), and Donna M Mertens (Gallaudet University, USA).

The main themes of the session include:
РRecovering, valuing and internationalizing of postcolonial indigenous  epistemologies, methodologies, and methods.
– Exploration and critique of the dominant paradigms, using arguments based on the philosophies of the researched, as well as their ways of knowing and their experiences with colonization, imperialism, and globalization.
– Presentation of postcolonial indigenous research paradigms as frameworks to explore the philosophical assumptions that undergird the use of postcolonial indigenous methodologies.
– Theorizing postcolonial indigenous ways of doing research, exploring the application of these methodologies through examples of such research.
– Examining the implications of interconnectedness and relational epistemologies as frameworks within which to discuss postcolonial indigenous methodologies from across the globe.
– Critically examining power dynamics within the context of research in postcolonial and indigenous communities.

The intended audience includes: Transnational and international researchers who work in indigenous communities, either as outsiders or insiders to the community. Also researchers who work in communities that are marginalized on the basis of other dimensions of diversity, such as those in poverty, the disabled community, and women. Faculty, students, and researchers in postcolonial studies and cultural studies programs, indigenous education programs, community-based research, and international development will be invited as well.

Proposals can be submitted to the attention of specific tracks or session themes. The tracks and session themes can be found by clicking on the tracks and sessions link on the right side of the conference web page.

You are invited to submit an abstract for this session, by 1 December 2011.

For further information, contact:

Fiona Cram, PhD
Katoa Ltd
T: +64-9-550 2231
M: +64-21-774 690

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