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Monday, January 18, 2016

CASCA/SANA2016 panel CFP: Para-ethnography: a method for decolonizing Anthropology?

Para-ethnography: a method for decolonizing Anthropology?

I write to share the Call for Papers for a roundtable session at the
2016 CASCA conference in Halifax, May 11-15th.

This roundtable will consider the following question: what are the
benefits of stepping outside of the traditional methodological
toolkit, particularly when working with community groups involving
Indigenous people? Our central focus will be on para-ethnography, or
the positioning of participants as experts in their own right, as a
methodological framework for reconciliation work. While traditional
methods have been criticized for reproducing colonial practices, the
papers discussed here will address this call for decolonization by
considering alternative methods. Although not limited to these, we are
particularly interested in: participatory action research,
child-centred action research, and digital and visual methods.
Attention to how an emphasis on methods can foster reconciliation and
solidarity between academics and community groups is encouraged.

This panel will bring together 3-4 scholars. Each participant will
speak about their research for twenty minutes, and the roundtable will
conclude with a lively discussion between participants and the audience.

If you are interested in participating, please submit a one-page cv
and a brief description of your proposed research talk (approximately
100 words) to Dr. Erin Spring ( by February 1st,

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