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Venue: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
The processes of conducting research, collecting evidence for advocacy and framing and generating knowledge have traditionally remained within rigid and hierarchical forms of scholarship, across both science and social science. Such processes are typically contained within institutional settings that foster top-down research and processes of exclusion. However, in recent years, there has been a growing interest and strong efforts to conceptualize, and practice forms of research and knowledge-building which rely on community processes, deliberation, collaboration, transformation and grassroots participation. The main idea is to flip the dominant script to ensure a truly collaborative and enriching process of producing knowledge and action. One of the common core aims of these efforts is to redefine the paradigm of knowledge building and sharing to truly involve all stakeholders in the research process and outcomes. Such forms of research commit to and prioritize the knowledge-producers, those using the knowledge and those whose lives will be influenced by the use of this knowledge, simultaneously.
These forms of knowledge building and sharing have proved versatile and adaptable, having been applied to the social sector (for eg., encompassing gender, disability, health, sustainable livelihoods, agriculture, education,) the fields of art and craft (new material, designs and technology informing traditional forms) and cultural forms (such as participatory theatre). Inclusive and collaborative knowledge-building and research have also found a place within mainstream policy and research institutions as well as within the corporate and market spheres. These varied knowledge-building processes and methodologies have been classified as participatory, deliberative, action, facilitative, community-based, inclusive, dialogical, co-productive, emancipatory, affirmative enquiry, rights-based, democratic and protagonistic research. Across this proliferation of approaches, methods and perspectives, there is a high degree of cross-fertilization and convergence. There is much to be examined, explored and understood in these endeavours.
Space to Share
Challenges to conducting such research or co-creation of knowledge involve thinking more deeply about how to ensure a truly inclusive space free of power imbalance and marginalisation, how to ensure robust and reliable research, how to balance locally specific knowledge with the imperative of generalizable findings, and how to ensure a high quality of participant engagement. Accordingly, TISS along with CORO is organizing a three day workshop from 26 - 28 February 2018 to explore some of the critical questions emerging in thisarena, by bringing together practitioners, academics and participants who can share their experiences and methodological insights with regard to collective grassroots knowledge creation and transformation. One of the broad aims of such a workshop is to create an ecosystem of allies and grassroots agents of transformation across India to pioneer collective knowledge creation and initiate, enact and sustain societal transformation from the grassroots.
The following key themes have been identified for exploration in the workshop:
The workshop is designed as an integral transformative journey of knowledge creation. Instead of conventional speeches and powerpoint presentations, participants are expected to share personal experiences of knowledge creation and transformation, the limitations and obstacles faced during this process, the impact of conducting such research and the corresponding impact of transformation, advocacy or engagement both at the individual and community level. Thus, the workshop seeks to offer a transformative and collaborative experience itself, relying on the active contribution and experiential learning opportunities offered by its participants and an interactive and creative presentation format.
Concept Notes & Abstracts
Organisations and individuals interested in participating and presenting their work/experience are encouraged to write a concept note or an abstract of about 500 words detailing the initiative/work/experience and indicating to which sub-theme it may form part of. The note can either be in English or Hindi, however, the presentation can be in a vernacular language
Please fill the participation form and submit. Click here to fill the form.
Please send your concept note/ abstract as an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st January 2018 . Confirmations by email will be sent by 5 th February 2018.
The workshop will take place on 26th - 28th February 2018 at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences campus in Mumbai. Outstation participants will be provided accommodation in the Institute guesthouse based on the availability and early confirmations. Domestic Travel support can be provided only for a limited number.
Key Organisers and Supporters:
Ms. Sujata Khandekar , Founder-Director, CORO, Mumbai will also be co-anchoring the workshop. Sujata has received a MacArthurFellowship, authored a book in Marathi, and represented CORO’s community-related approach in national and international forums. She is currently pursuing her PhD, ‘Meanings of Women Empowerment,’ on collective knowledge building from the grassroots.
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