Document Actions

STIBET | Decolonizing Fieldwork Practice: a Reflective and Practical Session

Rescheduled from 27.06.22.


Nov 15, 2022 from 02:00 to 06:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100)


GCSC (SR 126)

Contact Name

Add event to calendar


Decolonizing fieldwork practice becomes a needed step when working under the frameworks of decolonial theory, trying to develop a decolonial praxis, and relating with people in the created ‘field’. Lately, ‘decolonial’, ‘post-colonial’, and ‘anti-colonial’ appear as recurrent words in academic articles and academic discussion spheres. This fashion has shown to have a stronger focus in relation to theoretical frameworks, and the advancement of some key concepts within social sciences, which are a great contribution to co-creating a more coherent discipline. However, developments around methodologies have not been as prolific as what has happened with the theory.
This workshop proposes working towards an in-depth approach to decolonize our fieldwork practice and research. The first part is an initial moment for sharing our own experiences with colonial differences. Then we will review some concepts on decoloniality to develop a common theoretical ground. We will analyse the idea of the ‘field’ and the implications that this have for conducting fieldwork. In the second part, we will relate to the work of some scholars working on decolonial methodologies. After this, will move towards our own practices as researchers and encounters in the ‘field’. Later, the explorative part will be held through thinking together on proposed fictional uncomfortable situations that might emerge during fieldwork.

Preparatory readings:
Kovach, M. (2009). Indigenous research methods and interpretation. Indigenous methodologies: Characteristics, conversations, and contexts, (pp. 121-140). University of Toronto Press.
 Walsh, C. (2018). Ch. 1: The Decolonial For. In: Mignolo, W., & Walsh, C. On decoloniality (pp. 15-32). Duke University Press.


// Paola Solís Huertas (GCSC) is an anthropologist specialized in food systems and agroecology. She is a first-year Ph.D. candidate in Sociology researching more-than-human agricultural care. Her areas of interest are Feminist Political Ecology and Decolonial theory.


Registration notice: Your registration is binding and commits you to full participation in the respective course. If you are not able to attend a course, please cancel your registration by email (and on StudIP) at least 7 days prior to the start of the course. You can find more information here