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#LRF2019 keynote by @evetuck on Research On Our Terms. Featuring many pictures of seals.
And wisdom that burns. A thread from a listener:
: Decolonial and participatory research is not inherently more ethical.
Research as it is isn’t viable for just Indigenous futures.
These trends are bringing more and more researchers, more contact, to our doorsteps. That’s a tension. #LRF2019
: Beware of success stories where youth have to leave their home communities. (Including education, I assume. Research ‘opportunities’ can be part of this ‘success’ narrative) #LRF2019
: “we live here. We are experts too”
We have institutions too. Calling attention to experience rather than damage.
And here’s some seals and relatives. Seals are some of the most researched animals in the world. #LRF2019
: seal harvesting was linked to ... these stories aren’t for sharing, I don’t think. Next tweet.
: The crisis between the colonial and violent legacies and norms of Resesrch and having those legacies be part of our communities AS researchers who are also Indigenous is never resolved.
: I am ambivalent about research. (Hells yes) #LRF2019
: EDFECTIVELY DOCUMENTING HARM AND DAMAGE AS ASSUMED TO LEAD TO CHANGE AND JUSTICE. this is a colonial theory of change. See: “Suspending damage” by Eve Tuck for full argument #LRF2019
: Basically: documentation about how we are broken is supposed to convince those in power/ who benefit from power to change.
This just makes us damaged. Defeated. Broken. #LRF2019
: Colonial concepts of power = power is scarce. It’s is for being used against others. But indigenous stories about power are about abundance. #LRF2019
: awareness theories of change assumes that change hasn’t happened b/c of a lack of knowledge.
Ask ourselves: what if settlers knowing didn’t change anything?
What if we didn’t wait for others to know and were inspired by our own knowing? #LRF2019
I’m going to start crying in this talk.
: how do we develop and ethics that differentiates between power and people?
What can research really do? As a human activity— like why do we work? Dance? Do ceremony? #LRF2019
: individual consent is a privatizing if knoweledge, tissues, samples. Like property.
But these aren’t ours to give away. They’re us. #LRF2019
: the myth: that the oppressed need change and social science will bring that change. But research not always the most useful or appropriate tool. @tuckeve’s list of when research is NOT needed:
: “sometimes you don’t need research, you just need a billboard” or blogs, spokespeople, community talking tours, art, post cards... you could be doing these things instead of research. #LRF2019
More seals
: it’s university’s jobs to address settler colonialism and anti-blackness. Redistributing wealth of universities is part of repair for how they got their wealth. #LRF2019
: decolonization is jumping out of the boat and swimming away like that fish you almost caught that time, even if you still have a hook or even a whole pole still attached to you. -eve tuck. #LRF2019
Three questions for communities to consider about research:
What is our theory of change?
What is the role of research in our theory of change?
What is the role, if any, of university researchers in our theory of change? #LRF2019
: Possible roles for research in our (Indigenous community’s) theories of change:
(Maybe there is a role for university researchers in these, but maybe not) #LRF2019
<<standing ovation for a talk on research ethics>> #LRF2019
Instead of going into Q&A, talk to neighbour about how you’re feeling, what you’re thinking. Ask each other: what do you want to ask? Is that actually a question? Is is something that needs to be asked in public here? Does it move us forward? Peer review q&a
.@AshleeCunsolo talks about the phenomenon of being #TuckedUp, where her work disrupts your way of thinking & doing so much you have to stop. Revaluate. Start over on another path
From the q&a: narratives about being ‘first’ from your community, your family, etc to get PhD, go to uni... erases other types of success (even other firsts), is competitive, is frontiersm (last one is my term, not Tuck’s) #LRF2019
: from q&a: any research that situated a researcher (Indigenous or not) as knowing more than a community, then you’re researching behind backs instead of looking in the same direction. #LRF2019
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