RT071 - How do we academically reflect on how we "know" the world?
Convened by Lata Narayanaswamy (University of Leeds, UK) and Julia Schöneberg (University of Kassel, Germany)

How do we “know” the world? It is so vast a question that it feels impossible to answer. Yet this question is not a call to take an inventory of specific facts or perspectives, but is asked in order to frame a more critical and reflexive approach to the assumptions that underpin (Eurocentric and Western) academic perceptions of WHAT counts as knowledge, HOW we capture and communicate that knowledge and WHO gets to both shape and present ideas as academic (read: expert) knowledge.

In attempting to tackle these questions a group of researchers from the Global South and North came together for a workshop sponsored by the European Association of Development and Training Institutes (EADI) and convened/hosted by Convivial Thinking. We aimed to bridge different disciplinary “silos” and connect scholars from diverse fields in the social sciences, including conflict studies, sociology, philosophy and history, alongside practitioners. One of the main questions was: How do we tackle epistemic asymmetries and practice alternative models of conducting research, conceptualising teaching and building collaborations?

This session presents results from a collaborative writing process among members of the Convivial Thinking Collective. We hope to also engage and learn from experiences of everyone attending.

Speakers: Dr Su-Ming Khoo National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway, Ireland, and Dr Chris Millora University of East Anglia, UK

EADI Working Group: Post- and Decolonial Perspectives on Development