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Andy Dearden <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:10:57 +0100
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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: One-day workshop on
Researching for Change in a Globalising, Asymmetric World

In conjunction with Critical Alternatives 2015

August 18th, 2015
Aarhus, Denmark

Workshop Website:

Submission deadline: Friday 29th May 2015


The field of ICTD Research is ripe for reframing. This workshop is an
opportunity to begin that effort.

This workshop aims to draft and articulate critical alternatives for
future research that is sufficiently emancipatory, inclusive and
oriented towards globally sustainable futures as to be described as ICT
for Development.

ICTD research aims to improve lives for billions of people, but vast
divides (culturally, geographically and financially) make mutual
understanding and shared purpose difficult to accomplish in practice.

Research actors, including research participants, researchers, funders
and other stakeholders have vastly different knowledge interests and are
often unaware of how different their agendas are. As a consequence,
people who might benefit from creative use of current and emerging
technologies (both in the North and the South) are often absent or
excluded from the social processes of innovation and knowledge production.

The ICTD research community’s widespread dissatisfaction with this
situation haunts ICTD gatherings.

Questions of how research in ICTD can be organised and practiced, and
how innovation can be stimulated towards more promising futures, need to
address the interplay between power, knowledge interests, technology
creation and quality of life.

Questions include (but are not restricted to):
--- How can research agendas and questions be framed in ways that
include the voices that are currently marginalised?

--- How can research be designed, structured and practiced to create the
kind of knowledge that instigates and supports emancipatory social change?

--- How do responsive and transformatory research processes allow for
participation in, and gain recognition in, the various discourses of
answerability, accountability and research quality?

--- How can the intentionalities and aspirations of all the research
actors (including researchers, research participants, funders, and other
stakeholders) be made transparent, shared and negotiated with justice?

--- How can radically different knowledge perspectives be integrated in
the research ecosystem?

--- How can researchers and practitioners position themselves in
relation to manifestly unequal power relations (ethnicity, gender,
religion, age, sexuality etc.) in contexts where we are working?

--- How do we become aware of the issues in ourselves and our
environments that need to be seen and addressed to in order to design
for or work towards better quality of life on a personal and a global scale?

--- How can practices of self-care and self-knowledge support
researchers in dealing with the challenges and stresses the research
process will present them with?

---- How can researchers’ processes of personal change contribute to
research quality and impact?

Since the purpose of the workshop is to draft a frame of reference for
future ICT4D research we invite applicants to submit

---- A short statement describing their experience in this area;

---- Their ideas about components that should form part of this framework;

---- A written commitment to the other workshop participants to read all
the accepted submissions before arriving on the day.

This position paper (maximum 2 pages) needs to be submitted before:
29th May 2015.

We will share these submissions online, prior to the workshop and read
each other’s work.

We hope that, after the workshop, participants will join forces to write
an article that can ground and guide ICT for Development research that
is emancipatory, inclusive and oriented towards a sustainable global future.

Because many participants may not be able to attend the Aarhus 2015
conference, we will organise the possibility of remote participation on
the basis that participants attend for the whole workshop and engage in
all the activities.


Enquiries to: Andy Dearden, [log in to unmask]

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