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10 February 2017
Throughout his career, visionary Colombian sociologist Orlando Fals Borda argued against the concept that research should be seen as a playground for an academic elite. With a conviction of the need for more and more feeling-thinkers (sentipensantes) in contemporary times, his vision for true democratic research was straightforward: “Do not monopolise your knowledge nor impose arrogantly your techniques, but respect and combine your skills with the knowledge of the researched or grassroots communities, taking them as full partners and co-researchers.” The spirit of these words holds as true today as it did almost forty years ago when he helped to organize the World Symposium on Action Research and Scientific Analysis in 1977.
Since the time these seeds were sewn in Colombia, participatory action research, and participatory approaches in general, has grown to be used around the world in an endeavour to create diverse knowledge rooted in field-based research work. It has been used to combat poverty, to restore the dignity of those marginalized by colonization and globalization, to rebalance ecological justice, to investigate sustainable human development infrastructures, and to foster peace and reconciliation in areas of conflict and post-conflict in diverse regions of the globe.
(Action Research Network of the Americas) Conference
2017 “Participation and Democratization of Knowledge:
New Convergences for Reconciliation” is dedicated
to this hopeful vision of knowledge creation, to
personal empowerment emanating from this approach, and
to discuss the various aspects of this theoretical
position and methodology in the hope of consolidating
its role in research networks around the world today…
New deadline for submission of proposals: Wednesday
15 March 2017.
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UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA
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