Within urban geography there is a strong interest in decolonizing knowledge production and reframing, retheorizing and deprivileging Western and hegemonic ways of knowing. The call for greater attention to multiple and diverse ways of knowing offers the opportunity for a more explicit focus on decolonial methodologies. Bringing together early career scholars in urban geography and urban studies across a range of methodological expertise (and epistemologies), this Urban Geography Specialty Group panel seeks to reflect on just how well existing geographic research methodologies and methods in urban research are addressing decolonial challenges – i.e., issues of power, ideology, justice, socio-spatial dispossession, difference, etc., and what we can do better. We are particularly interested in generating a rich discussion addressing the challenges of reworking methodologies and their associated methods in the 'urban' that are cognizant of historical and ongoing colonial power relations embedded within the research process in cities across the globe.
Potential topics include:
- Methodological challenges and opportunities of decentering ‘damage narratives‘ (Tuck, 2009) in social-science research
- Co-production of knowledge
- Reclaiming, refusing, reworking conventional methods/ ‘masters tools’ (Lorde, 1983) of geographical research – i.e., the map, the field site, the archive, etc.
- Politics of visibility and invisibility
- Tension in objects v subjects of research
- Practicing reflexivity in the research process
|Introduction||Rachel Bok University of British Columbia||5|
|Panelist||Maria Khristine Alvarez||10|
|Panelist||Hung-Ying Chen Durham University||10|
|Panelist||Zac Taylor KU Leuven||10|
|Panelist||Akira Rodriguez PennDesign||10|
|Panelist||Caroline Ponder University of British Columbia||10|
|Panelist||Dillon Mahmoudi University of Maryland - Baltimore County||10|
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