Indigenous Voices on Research
Co-creation, co-production and collaboration constitute concepts that continue to be defined predominantly by funders and non-Indigenous researchers. This has far-reaching consequences for research practices and constitutes a continuation of colonial epistemological domination. The first session of the workshop will therefore place a focus on Indigenous concepts, understandings of and experiences with meaningful research relationships.
Listen & respond
Arctic research involves multiple actors, each of them having different expectations, needs, and ways of knowing, seeing and engaging. This session will bring together representatives of funding organizations, scientific institutions, ethics boards and individual researchers and members of Indigenous communities to share their perspectives and visions on co-creation and collaboration in research. How have projects and initiatives been experienced? What has worked and what has not? What are key needs and challenges? What actions need to be taken? The session will be split in two parts to allow in-depth reflection and provide the time needed to address a complex topic. In the 1st part, each contributor will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and listen to others. We will then take time to reflect on what was said, before there will be time to respond, engage in discussion, and ask questions in the part 2. This session aims to provide a safe space for respectful conversations, to create bridges, and mutual understanding.
Publishing co-creative research
This workshop session will focus on one of the last steps of co-creative research projects, which is often not discussed – the publication and representation of research results. This includes responsibilities of all partners involved, capacity of Indigenous communities to deal with high workloads resulting from research partnerships, ethics, authorship and intellectual property rights, monetary aspects (allocation of royalties), new dynamics on the publishing market (e.g. Indigenous publishing houses), and the role publishers in the decolonization of the publishing arena.
Storytelling and the Art of Listening
Different Perspectives, forms of knowledge, and means of transmission
This session wants to engage with concrete cases that illustrate and give insights into transdisciplinary collaborations between different disciplines, fields of knowledge, and forms of transmitting them. Questions that this session wants to address include
How can we become aware of the boundaries between different fields of knowing, seeing and experiencing (in and outside academia), which are often strong and exclusive, but also more complex and fluid than may appear at first sight?
- How can we identify and tackle challenges and find ways to transcend existing boundaries?
- How can scientists learn to engage with the different levels and voices in Indigenous ways of knowing?
- What is needed for genuine relationships and dialogues that are based on self-reflection, recognition of differences and ways to bridge them
- How can ways of transmission and ways of knowing in art and media open new doors for dialogues and what are the challenges to do so?
This session would like to invite representatives of different perspectives and fields, from Indigenous communities, diverse academic disciplines, science and humanities, arts and media to discuss their experiences, success stories and challenges of transdisciplinary collaboration and to think about how their know-how could be shared and genuine dialogue be fostered.
Natural sciences and co-creative research
This session will bring together non-Indigenous natural scientists and Indigenous researchers and community representatives. The questions addressed in this session will include: How to build research relationships, how to collaborate and co-create research that focuses on or takes place on Indigenous lands, how to create inclusive methodologies and ways of knowing that incorporate natural science methods and techniques and Indigenous sciences, how to ensure mutual learning and two-way capacity building, how to communicate and share research?
This session will provide an opportunity to discuss planned projects and receive feedback. Presenters will be asked to focus on particular challenges in the development of their projects to enable mutual learning. Each project will be presented in a 3-minute poster pitch, followed by in-depth conversation in break-out rooms.
The programme of the workshop can be downloaded here.