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 decolonial journey. This would be a therapeutic-open-ending space that will help us to build better relationships within our research and luckily, also in our lives. In the second part, reflections will be made, firstly, on what some scholars have already advanced in this regard. Secondly, reflections 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.
The workhop will not discuss the theory but focus on practical questions. However, it is helpful to prepare as 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.