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Co-Creating Knowledge with Afro-Diasporic Communities : Reflections on a Participatory Research Process

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Gruber, Valerie V. V. ; Rothfuß, Eberhard:
Co-Creating Knowledge with Afro-Diasporic Communities : Reflections on a Participatory Research Process.
Event: Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence : Research Retreat , 05.-07.05.2021 , Bayreuth, Deutschland.
(Conference item: Workshop , Speech )

Project information

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Project's official titleProject's id
Moral Geographies of Re-Existence: Socio-cultural Practices and Visions of a Good Life in Afro-descendant Communities in Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) and Cartagena de Indias (Colombia)EXC 2052/1 – 390713894

Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
This presentation is the outcome of research conducted within the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) under Germany's Excellence Strategy – EXC 2052/1 – 390713894.

Abstract in another language

Whereas ethnographic and interview-based approaches tend to monopolize the power of definition in the hands of the scientist, Participatory Action Research (PAR) aims at reconfiguring knowledge production towards a collective, mutually beneficial process. To overcome objectifying hierarchies between the researcher and the researched is particularly significant in ‘traumatic places’ such as Salvador (Brazil) and Cartagena (Colombia), two major ports of arrival during the trade in enslaved Africans. In this presentation, we share insights into the PAR process developed with Afro-diasporic communities from both cities before and throughout the pandemic. We reflect on the potentialities and limitations of the transdisciplinary co-production of knowledge(s), in which research ethics, topics, methods, concepts and outcomes are co-created by relating academia, arts and community work. Finally, we discuss to what extent a ‘detachment process’ from the investigated social field is possible in participatory research, on the one hand, to abstract and theorize from the situated lifeworld, and on the other hand, to mirror the interpretations of the involved actors in the academic theorizations.

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Item Type: Conference item (Speech)
Refereed: No
Additional notes: online
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Social and Population Geography > Chair Social and Population Geography - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eberhard Rothfu�
Research Institutions > Collaborative Research Centers, Research Unit > EXC 2052 - Africa Multiple: Afrikastudien neu gestalten
Graduate Schools > BIGSAS
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
900 History and geography
Date Deposited: 25 May 2021 09:12
Last Modified: 25 May 2021 09:12
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/65310