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Participatory Action Research : The Persistence of Utopias

Title data

Banguero Velasco, Rigoberto ; Gruber, Valerie V. V.:
Participatory Action Research : The Persistence of Utopias.
Event: Participatory Action Research Workshop at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies - BIGSAS , 14.-15. Okt. 2021 , Bayreuth, Deutschland.
(Conference item: Workshop , Speech )

Project information

Project title:
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

Abstract in another language

To stimulate social change beyond the academic field, Participatory Action Research (PAR) integrates local communities into a collaborative knowledge production. This emancipatory research methodology developed by Colombian sociologist Orlando Fals Borda and other Latin American thinkers aims at minimizing power hierarchies between the researchers and the researched, while overcoming rigid distinctions between theory, methodology and practice. During the workshop, we will share hands-on experience in adopting the PAR approach with Afro-descendant and indigenous communities in Colombia, and discuss its applicability in Africa and beyond. In an interactive setting, we will address the following questions: Why is the subject-object relation problematic in PAR? How is knowledge produced in PAR (under which conditions and in which contexts)? How can we promote a dialogue of academic and popular knowledges? What are the differences between PAR and militant research? What are the gnoseological bases of PAR? Which strategies are used to carry out a systematic return of knowledge to the communities? We will also discuss how to ensure that the committed research process meets academic quality requirements of reflexive knowledge production. In this way, the participants will gain theoretical and practical skills enabling them to apply the PAR approach in their own research projects.

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Item Type: Conference item (Speech)
Refereed: No
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Social and Population Geography
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: 04 Oct 2022 09:53
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2022 09:53
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/72267