The long-awaited blog series on transformative methodologies was launched this week on ISS Blog Bliss with an article introducing the Transformative Methodologies research project I am working on with ISS colleagues. The project received funding from the Research Innovation Facility (RIF) of the ISS and was kicked off in December 2020.
The blog series captures the reflections of a number of ISS researchers who participated in a workshop held in May 2021 on conceptualising transformative research methodologies by critically discussing the core components of such methodologies, challenging existing epistemological and ontological assumptions underpinning dominant research methodologies that fail to be transformative, and sharing ideas, insights, and best practices.
Ever since formative discussions about the project took place in late 2020, I have eagerly been awaiting the opportunity to work on this series. Late last year, I coordinated and edited the series, assisting researchers who attended the workshop in writing their blog articles and refining them. The result of this collaboration is a series of articles that are highly captivating, thought-provoking, and inspiring.
The series is a formal project output following the workshop that sits alongside a virtual gallery of transformative research methods of some workshop participants and a working paper by the Transformative Methodologies Working Group that will be published later this year.
Here is a sneak peek of the articles that will be published in the coming weeks:
Aminata Cairo writes about data extractivism as a problem that remains in the field of anthropology and how ‘being with’ and ‘holding space’ as transformative research tools can help transform the field
Delphin Ntanyoma writes about the misrepresentation of minority groups during the colonial period that continues to present and how emancipatory research can help prevent such misrepresentation of such groups in conflict-prone settings
Holly A. Ritchie writes about moving from participatory to interactive research that focuses on mutual learning
Agustina Solera writes about the way in which a modern rationalist approach to plural knowledges inhibits understandings of them and how dialogue between such knowledges can be fostered
Enjoy reading the articles!