The ‘researched’ as bearers of knowledge: breaking the barriers of colonial practices in ethnography

18 April 2024

Early anthropological research in Crete conducted by Anglo-Saxon researchers studying the local culture of mountain natives aimed to explain the subjects under study by meticulously doing ethnography with participant observation. Subsequent local researchers followed similar research motives, also adding document analysis into their research agendas for documenting the pattern of customary law in the Cretan context. Nonetheless, Indigenous research recommends conducting participatory research approaches for giving new insights into people’s experiences by highlighting the worldviews and ethical principles of the communities under study.

Drawing evidence from my doctoral research, this presentation aims to illustrate how the cultural temperament of the locals and the cultural norms within the research area positively affect the shaping of data collection methods and research approaches. It is concluded that in a local cultural context such as Mountain Crete, ‘living ethnography’ instead of simply ‘doing ethnography’ was a culturally appropriate approach for conducting ethical research and collecting raw evidence for understanding the local population and the reasons why they prefer their customary systems to justice with how they employ a restorative way of correcting a wrong.

Speaker: Leah Koumentaki

Moderator: Santiago Amietta

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Considering Collaboration: Lessons from the ‘Pathways to Work for Muslim Women’ project

13 June 2024

This session will explore the presenter’s experiences of working collaboratively with third-sector organisations to create impact from academic research projects. Dr Asma Khan will focus on a project in which she co-designed a workshop programme to encourage and motivate those Muslim women who want to join, or re-join, the labour market. The session will include reflections on the benefits and challenges of co-production in ways that will benefit other researchers who are thinking ahead to developing collaborative impact and engagement activities with third-sector organisations.

Speaker: Dr Asma Khan

Moderator: Emma Banister

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This is an online event via Zoom