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Fluid Fields : The Un/Making of the Research Field in Transdisciplinary Knowledge Co-Production

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Gruber, Valerie V. V.:
Fluid Fields : The Un/Making of the Research Field in Transdisciplinary Knowledge Co-Production.
Event: Workshop of the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research and the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence : Fielding the Field , 21.05.2021 , Johannesburg, Südafrika ; Bayreuth, Deutschland.
(Conference item: Workshop , Speech )

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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

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The quest for transdisciplinary research requires academics to collaborate with actors from heterogeneous fields, both inside and outside academia. In order to transcend disciplinary, social, symbolic or physical boundaries, co-producers of knowledge need to deal with multiple relations, theories and practices taken for granted in each field involved. This presentation explores how field alignments can be made between researchers, artists and activists in order to create synergies and produce knowledge collaboratively. It draws on a participatory research project developed with diverse actors from Brazil, Colombia, Mozambique, Cameroon and Germany, who share a common interest in understanding whether and how the arts can contribute to processes of transformation in communities afflicted by violence, racism and social exclusion. The reflection shows how the research field emerges as a fluid third space co-created by actors with specific knowledges and positionalities. Ultimately, this presentation raises fundamental questions on whose queries, assumptions, interests, theories and methodologies count as legitimate, giving them the power to (re)define a research field.

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Item Type: Conference item (Speech)
Refereed: No
Additional notes: online
Institutions of the University: Research Institutions > Collaborative Research Centers, Research Unit > EXC 2052 - Africa Multiple: Afrikastudien neu gestalten
Graduate Schools > BIGSAS
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Collaborative Research Centers, Research Unit
Graduate Schools
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 09:21
Last Modified: 25 May 2021 09:21