Research and the task of epistemic diversity

Doctor Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa
Doctor Sruti Bala
Monday 7 May 2018, 16:00 - 18:00
Aula A
International Institute of Social Studies
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Dr Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa

Research on diversity and inclusion in Higher Education is vast, but nonetheless few studies have dealt with the theoretical, ethical and methodological implications of conducting research that takes into account epistemic diversity.  In 2018, four expert seminars will be organized on this topic in the form of roundtables at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS).

The seminars will be an opportunity for the ISS community to listen and engage with experts from different disciplinary backgrounds (i.e. mathematics, arts, and pedagogy) who have conducted research that is attentive to epistemic diversity. The seminars will also be an opportunity to stimulate a collective reflection at ISS about what we have already done and what we can further develop in this area.

In our first seminar, Dr Olivia Rutazibwa (University of Portsmouth, UK) and Dr Sruti Bala (University of Amsterdam) will share their views and ideas on how you do research that considers epistemic diversity.

Dr Olivia Rutazibw

She is a Belgian/Rwandan political scientist and senior lecturer in European and International Development Studies at the University of Portsmouth in the UK. She researches ways to decolonise International Solidarity by recovering and reconnecting philosophies and practices of dignity and self-determination in the postcolony: autonomous recovery in Somaliland, Agaciro in Rwanda and Black Power in the US.

She has published in various academic journals and is the co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics (2018) and Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning (with Sara de Jong and Rosalba Icaza, Routledge, forthcoming 2018), and is associate editor of International Feminist Journal of Politics.

Sruti Bala

Dr Sruti Bala

She is Associate Professor at the Theatre Studies Department of the University of Amsterdam and Research Affiliate with the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies and Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis. Her research interests are at the crossroads of theatre and performance studies, cultural analysis, post- and decolonial thinking and feminist theory.

She has recently embarked on a Dutch Research Council funded research project in partnership with the University of Curaçao on cultural practices of citizenship in the Dutch Caribbean islands of Curaçao and Bonaire. She is the author of The Gestures of Participatory Art  and co-editor of many other books and journals.

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