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DSAI Summer School: Reflecting on Decolonial Development through an Indigenous and Feminist Critical Lens, Online and Thurles, Ireland, 30-31 May 2024

Online 30 May, in-person 31 May at Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), Thurles Campus

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The DSAI Summer School provides a focussed 2-day programme of workshops exploring research methods for development. The event will engage NGOs, Policy Makers, and Academics both as contributors to the programme and as participants. Connecting research, policy and practice, the programme will bring together international experts through interactive sessions to enhance the professional development of participants. Sharanya Nayak, an indigenous community activist from India will provide the key note address at this years event.

In the context of unfolding climate breakdown, with the socio-political implications becoming more apparent, it is appropriate to re-examine the concept of ‘development’ and to do so through both an Indigenous Worldview and a Feminist perspective.

This year the Technological University of the Shannon at Thurles, Co. Tipperary will be hosting the DSAI Summer School on the theme of Reflecting on Decolonial Development through an Indigenous and a Feminist Critical Lens. This will be held over 2-days using a blended format with 30th May online and 31st May in-person in Thurles. We are proposing to adopt a field studies approach at the Summer School with workshops taking place at a range of venues which resonate with the theme.

The overall objective of the Summer School is to enable students to develop their research skills through exposure to a number of research pieces presented by researchers, policy makers and practitioners using both an Indigenous and Feminist critical lens. The attendees will then work in teams to develop their own research methodology under the guidance of academics and practitioners.

Material will be presented as 'trigger material' online on 30th May. This material will consist of examples of good Indigenous and Feminist field-based research. On May 31st participants will meet in Thurles and under the guidance of experienced facilitators, will together create proposals for innovative research methods that may be applied in the field.

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