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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