Conference: Bridging research praxes across pluralities of knowledge

Bridging research praxes across pluralities of knowledge - an interdisciplinary and international conference consisting of dialogues on ethics, collaboration, and knowledge production.

Interpretation of Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. Two hands in different colours meet. Photo credit Claudio Schwarz

The conference was held April 26-28, 2022. It was designed as a platform for researchers within and outside of academia to engage in open dialogue about the challenges and opportunities of bridging research and praxes across pluralities of knowledge. It was a global/local event and national as well as international participants were invited to attend either in person or via Zoom.

The conference was hosted and funded by the research hub COMPASS, the research environment Tema Culture and Society and LiU Humanities at Linköping University.

Videos from the conference Show/Hide content

Bridging Research Praxes Across Pluralities of Knowledge April 26

Introduction

Victoria (Tori) Van Orden Martínez, PhD candidate, Division of Culture, Society, Design and Media (KSFM), Linköping University. Additional comments by Per-Anders Forstorp, Professor, KSFM.

Framing talk

Eva Hemmungs Wirtén, Professor in Mediated Culture, KSFM, Linköping University.

Panel: Metrics, Value, and Recognition

Moderator: Asher Goldstein, PhD candidate, Division of Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO), Linköping University.

Participants:

  • Rachel Gardiner Faulkner, Co-Director, Culture Shift
  • Louise Ejgod Hansen, Associate Professor, Aarhus University
  • Peter Vig, Educator/Independent researcher
  • Tomas Kertész, Independent researcher
  • Juilee Decker, Rochester Institute of Technology/Collections journal
  • Barbara Wood, Curator, National Trust, UK
  • Alia Amir, Senior Lecturer, Linköping University
  • Rizwan-ul Huq, Senior Lecturer, Mid-Sweden University.

 

 

Bridging research praxes across pluralities of knowledge April 27

Brief opening remarks

Victoria (Tori) Van Orden Martínez, PhD candidate, Division of Culture, Society, Design and Media (KSFM), Linköping University.

Framing talk

Magnus Linton, author and journalist

Panel: Research Ethics and Shared Authority 1

Moderator: Bodil Axelsson, Professor, Division of Culture, Society, Design and Media (KSFM), Linköping University.

Participants:

  • Christopher Thompson, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Malmö University
  • Christine Schmidt, Deputy Director and Head of Research, The Wiener Holocaust Library
  • Elise Bath, Senior International Tracing Service Archive Team Manager, The Wiener Holocaust Library
  • Karen Nordentoft, PhD Stipend, Aarhus University
  • Trine Sørensen, Communication Manager and Curator, Godsbanen Aarhus.

Panel: Research Ethics and Shared Authority 2

Moderator: Olga Zabalueva, PhD candidate, KSFM, Linköping University.

Participants:

  • Sandra Gruner-Domic, Social Anthropologist
  • Katia Orantes, Journalist
  • Megan Baker, Research Associate, Historic Preservation Department, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Jennifer P. Byram, Research Associate, Historic Preservation Department, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Bridging Research Praxes-Across Pluralities of Knowledge April 28

Brief opening remarks

Victoria (Tori) Van Orden Martínez, PhD candidate, Division of Culture, Society, Design and Media (KSFM), Linköping University.

Panel: Citizen Science/Research

Moderator: Claudia Tazreiter, Professor, Division of Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO), Linköping University.    

Participants:

  • Birgit Eriksson, Professor, Aarhus University
  • Mie Hein Jørgensen, Project Manager, INSP Roskilde
  • Anders Nordberg Sejerøe, Community and Development Manager, Holbæk Libraries
  • Stefan Jonsson, Professor, Linköping University
  • Anna Ådahl, Artist
  • Britta Geschwind, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Lund University.
  • Florence Fröhlig, Senior Lecturer, Södertörn University.

Bonus mixed panel

Moderator: Andreas Larsson, PhD candidate, Division of Learning, Aesthetics, Natural Science (LEN), Linköping University.

Participants:

  • Tomas Kertész, Independent researcher
  • Juilee Decker, Rochester (New York) Institute of Technology/Collections journal
  • Barbara Wood, National Trust, UK
  • Armando Perla, Chief Curator, Toronto History Museums, City of Toronto

Programme Show/Hide content

Schedule for Bridging Research Praxes
Across Pluralities of Knowledge conference, April 26-28, 2022.

About the conference Show/Hide content

Different research praxes

Haitian-American anthropologist Michel-Rolph Trouillot, citing French historian Marc Ferro writes, “history has many hearths and academics are not the sole history teachers in the land.” It is a statement that raises the question of how researchers working both within and external to academia in all disciplines and areas of research can not only recognize that knowledge is produced at different hearths, but also engage more ethically and collaboratively with what is produced in these different locations? Recognizing that searching for answers to this question cannot be left to arbitrary and haphazard engagements and encounters, but must be motivated, reflected on, and formulated clearly, this conference is designed as a platform for researchers to engage in open dialogue about the challenges and opportunities of bridging research and praxes across pluralities of knowledge.

Content and format

The conference was organized around three principal areas of discussion – research ethics and shared authority, citizen science/research, and metrics, value, and recognition. Each of these three areas were the subject of a dedicated dialogue session involving researchers working within academia and an equal number of researchers working outside the academy from a variety of disciplines, research fields, and geographical locations, with one or two moderators. The discussions included the following:

  • synergies and divergences in good research practice,
  • problematizes the obstacles for knowledge circulation between academic and other researchers
  • how and when violations take place
  • how knowledge which is produced through different praxes and based on different metrics can be handled with respect and proper attribution
  • how open, critical discussion of research between academic and non-academic researchers could improve the quality and accessibility of the knowledge each produces and
  • potentially advance research in specific fields.
  • Etc.

Publication in Culture Unbound Show/Hide content

A special issue of the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Culture Unbound will be produced in conjunction with the conference. 
Inspired by digital media scholar Janneke Adema’s book, Living Books: Experiments in the Posthumanities (2021) – in particular the chapter “Publishing as a Relational Practice” – the focus issue will be an experiment not only in journal publishing but also in the way scholarly practices are performed in order to “allow for alternative, more ethical, critical, and responsible forms of research to emerge” (Adema 2021: 159).

Drawing inspiration from the book and the examples of “experiments with openness in digital publishing” Adema highlights in it (168), the panelists will receive the full transcript of their respective panels and, through collaborative and constructive engagement, will ‘remix and reflect’ on not only the dialogue itself but also on the processes around the dialogue. The objective is not to produce – or reproduce the idea of – knowledge as a product, but to exemplify how knowledge is a process or, more correctly, processes. 

Although the editorial committee will provide suggestions, parameters for length, etc., for the end result, how this manifests with each panel will be the product of the panelists’ collaborative processes. In line with the spirit of the Bridging Research Praxes Across Pluralities of Knowledge conference, peer-review will not be undertaken in a traditional academic or ‘scientific’ sense, but in the sense of what Adema refers to as “peer-to-peer review” by the panelists themselves as a ‘collaborative community’ (170-171). The final issue will include both the transcripts (lightly edited for publication) and the result of each panels’ ‘remix and reflect’ outcome.

 

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