Cartagena 2017: Mecca of Participatory Action Research?

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Both of us made a pilgrimage to Cartagena for the Action Research of the America’s conference and the First Global Assembly of Knowledge Democracy, June 12-17, 2017. For Budd it was a third visit to Cartagena having been there for Orlando Fals Borda’s first time 1977. The 1977 event was billed as the first international […]

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Epistemic Justice & Knowledge Democracy

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Continuing the Cartagena Journey Colombian sociologist Orlando Fals Borda had convened the first dialogue on Action Research in Cartagena Colombia in April 1977. Nearly 130 delegates attended the four days of dialogue. Budd Hall, UNESCO Co-chair & Normando Suares were there. Prof Budd Hall Prof Normando Suares Orlando chose this part of Colombia because of […]

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Take Risk, Engage with Peace

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Opportunities for Universities in Colombia “I do not know if I can make this commitment? My family and my university may not support such engagement?” “This is a historic opportunity to contribute to creation of a new Colombian society; universities must come forward to engage.” Such ambivalences and dilemmas were expressed by dozens of academics […]

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Towards Social & Epistemic Justice

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Community engagement in universities has typically been narrowly defined to imply service learning by students. Engagement in teaching and research has been rarely institutionalized in most Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Recognising engagement as a value to address social and epistemic injustice, therefore, is an unknown. Durban University of Technology and Rhodes University organized a South […]

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Mulembe Mutinze Cuusansi – The Great Turning: Confluence 2017 “Exceeds Expectations”

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The Mpambo African Multiversity in partnership with the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research, Inclusion Press and the Victoria International Development Association (VIDEA) concluded a week’s events called Confluence 2017 with the installation of the Saaba Kabona (the highest spiritual leader) Jumba Aligaweza of Tondism on May 24, 2017 in ceremonies held in the sacred […]

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Is there a Canadian Approach to Knowledge Democracy?

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C2UExpo, Vancouver, May 1-5, 2017 Elder Margaret George of the Squamish First Nation and President Andrew Petter of Simon Fraser University Opening C2UExpo on May 2, 2017 The C2UExpo (Community Campus University Exposition) is ending today, May 5th, 2017. It is the 7th of these Canadian organised spaces where knowledge workers in communities, colleges and […]

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Rethinking Research Partnerships

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Evidence and the Politics of Participation in Academic-INGO Research Partnerships A Conversation on Knowledge Democracy On Monday of March 27th in London, UK, I had the opportunity to attend a day of the two-day workshop jointly organized by a wide range of academics involved in international development and researchers from international NGOs, mostly based in […]

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Participatory Research, Cognitive Justice and Knowledge Democracy in French-Speaking Countries of the Global South: The Open Science in Haiti and Africa (SOHA) Project

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We have recently received a book curated by Florence Piron, an anthropologist and ethicist at the Université Laval in Quebec, Samuel Regulus, a Haitian anthropologist who is now professor at the Université d’État d’Haïti and Marie Sophie Dibounje Madiba, chief documentalist of the CERDOTOLA (International Center for Research and Documentation on African Tradition and Languages) […]

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