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June 1, 2023: The Meaning of Coloniality in the Academic Ivory Tower

On Thursday June 1, 2023, 10am-12pm, the University of Toronto Ethnography Lab will co-host a hybrid format workshop with the York University Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) on coloniality and decoloniality. The in-person portion will be in Room W256 of the Seymour Schulich Building at York University.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP here:

The Meaning of Coloniality in the Academic Ivory Tower: How can decoloniality take place within academia and the confines of its structures?

This workshop does not attempt to answer these questions, but to offer a space in which students, scholars and other knowledge users share their struggles with methods and ethics in academia as well as discuss and fill the gaps regarding research methods and methodologies. Through these questions, we wish to complicate the notion of research itself. Following postcolonial scholarship discussions of the Western notion of research, and the implicated ontological and epistemological violence of research practices within the global south and Indigenous communities, we want to propose discussions that unpack methodological transgressions and transgressive methodologies to underscore the ethical, socio-political, and methodological complexities and highlight the gaps that exist within our notion of research, to (re)think what collaboration looks like through our collaborators’ point of view.

Guest Speakers

Dr. Diana Ojeda, Associate Professor in sustainability, environment and development at the Interdisciplinary Center for Development Studies (Cider), Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Dr. Ana Silvia Monzon, Coordinator and Professor of gender and feminism in the FLACSO-Guatemala,

PhD Candidate Fernanda Yanchapaxi, doctoral candidate who is researching ways to protect Indigenous knowledges for future generations, University of Toronto, Canada