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Reciprocity in Diversity : Doing Collaborative Research with Afro-Diasporic Communities

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Gruber, Valerie V. V.:
Reciprocity in Diversity : Doing Collaborative Research with Afro-Diasporic Communities.
Event: Solidarity in Diversity : Highlighting Marginal Voices in Academia, Practice and Society , 19.-23. July 2021 , Melbourne, Australia (online).
(Conference item: Conference , Speech )

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Project's official title
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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.

Abstract in another language

Academic knowledge production continues to marginalize voices of minoritized majorities, while privileging those of majoritized minorities. At the core of this exclusionary practice are moral questions of whose knowledge counts as right, valid and legitimate. How can researchers share their power of definition with communities structurally excluded from academia, but directly affected by the results of academic knowledge production? Which kind of spaces and institutional settings allow for an inclusive and collaborative research process that enables mutual learning and empowerment? To provide some answers to these questions, I give insights into an ongoing process of participatory research-creation developed with Afro-diasporic communities from Brazil and Colombia. Thereby, an artistic meta-language co-created with different community actors and artists enables the participants to relate to each other through and beyond diversity. Although huge challenges arise with regard to institutional boundaries, impact measurement and translatability, the project confirms that it is possible to produce valid and mutually beneficial knowledge in collaboration with marginalized communities. Apart from solidarity, however, such a relational research process requires the co-creation of a space for mutual learning based on human equality, dignity and reciprocity.

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Item Type: Conference item (Speech)
Refereed: Yes
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: 18 Oct 2021 10:21
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2021 10:21