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CCS Webinar: The use of ‘Decolonial Methodologies’ to Foster Political Agency

The use of 'Decolonial Methodologies' to Foster Political Agency
Date: Wednesday 4 November 2020
Time: 16:00-17:00 SA Time
Speaker: Ndumiso Daluxolo Ngidi

The debate on decolonising research has centered on reconfiguring power relations existing between the “researcher” and the “researched”. Decolonial research approaches, have thus challenged the traditional positioning of certain researchers (e.g. academics) as sole experts in knowledge production working to create partnerships with other knowledge producers (community researchers/scholars). Using knowledge generated from a collaboration with 24 learners from schools in and around the Inanda, Ntuzuma and Kwamashu (INK) townships of Durban, this webinar explores how “decolonial methodologies” such participatory visual approaches (PVA) fosters learners’ political agency to confront sexual victimization and violence in their communities. Having unearthed their own knowledge using PVA, the participants worked together to create awareness about sexual violence in their communities. Thus, they organised a march, successfully calling on peers from other schools to join the cause. In this webinar, I argue that engaging learners through PVA not only facilitated their agency in working together to address and respond to sexual violence but also brought forth “knowledges” that are otherwise silenced. I am further inviting the webinar’s participants to help me think through how the research environment can be decolonised in order to amplify the voices of those who are marginalised.

Speaker Bio:
Ndumiso Daluxolo Ngidi is a lecturer in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is an academic gender activist who teaches in the field of human geography. Ngidi holds a Masters of Development Studies degree and recently passed his Doctoral studies at the same university. Some of his research passions include the use of participatory visual approaches for engaging young people as political activists in confronting and addressing social injustices. He also has an interest in gender & childhood geographies, the geographies of violence, and the use of transformative pedagogies for social justice education.

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