A Series of events on Indigenous engagement in research partnerships and knowledge mobilisation.

 

Since 2019 People’s Palace Projects has hosted a programme of events on  behalf of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC),  
1. International Seminar on Indigenous Engagement, Research Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilisation (Rio de Janeiro, 2019)

In 2018, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) invited current and previous GCRF award holders to bid for funding to produce reflective pieces with the indigenous researchers and communities with which they were working. Twelve collaborative projects were selected, and the PIs and Indigenous partners from 10 different countries (Brazil, Colombia, India, Mongolia, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Dominica) were brought together at the Indigenous Engagement, Research Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilisation in Rio de Janeiro in March 2019.

The seminar looked to explore research partnerships between indigenous and non-indigenous partners, with a particular focus on culturally sensitive knowledge exchange, equitable co-creation and mobilisation for meaningful impact. The 3-day event was hosted by People’s Palace Projects, Queen Mary University of London (PPP, QMUL) and the Indigenous Association of the Kuikuro people in Xingu (AIKAX). There were a wide range of partnerships, approaches and disciplines represented, as well as interdisciplinary discussions, workshops and presentations; the seminar offered a rare opportunity for an open discussion around challenges facing indigenous and non-indigenous researchers working in this field and the institutions that support them.

The projects and partnerships differed across geographies and disciplines, but there was a consensus that the various research projects sought to legitimise indigenous knowledge and to challenge issues of social injustice. Despite these intentions, all participants had faced a variety of challenges in the co-design and co-production of research projects between non-indigenous and indigenous communities. The group asked themselves what are the rules of the game? How is partnership defined, given the global structural and systematic inequalities around finance, access and the circulation of knowledge? It was agreed vehemently that there is a need to find effective mechanisms of engaging research partners from the global north in a discussion about the meaning of collaboration and partnership in this context.

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2. Webinar on Indigenous Research Methodologies (online, 2020)

The webinar was an opportunity to address the increasing number of UK-based scholars working transnationally and internationally among Indigenous peoples. They inform the international development research community, across disciplines, on challenges when engaging with indigenous communities whilst ensuring co-production of knowledge and effective knowledge mobilisation, and to help identify areas where good practice is established or additional work is required. The 2-hour online event brought together 57 participants and was an opportunity to learn how indigenous partners are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to draw the agenda for the next events in 2021.

 

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3. Indigenous Research Episodes

The conversations of Rio’s seminar were documented by indigenous filmmaker Takumã Kuikuro and the Kuikuro Cinema Collective and transformed into 9 short episodes available on the playlist Indigenous Research Episodes. The clips offer non-indigenous researchers working in this field insights on challenges when engaging with indigenous communities whilst ensuring co-production of knowledge and effective knowledge mobilisation, with the potential for broader impact beyond academia.

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4. II Webinar on Indigenous Research Methodologies (online, 24 March 2021)

The second webinar was an opportunity to bring together indigenous and non-indigenous researchers to discuss the challenges for indigenous research in different regions and fields of knowledge. The event also hosted a conversation between Simon McBurney (Complicité Theatre) and Ailton Krenak (leader of the Krenak people, Brazil).

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5. Final Webinar on Indigenous Research Methodologies (online, October-November 2021)

The final report of these series of events was launched online, due to the pandemic. People’s Palace Projects organised six live talks translated to English, Spanish and Portuguese.The events are available on our Youtube Channel https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcz-eAe2LHOaSzYGm-C4nZmQiWdHbeIvE

In addition to the events, PPP brought two Indigenous video installations to Queen Mary University of London Mile End campus.

This was the programme

The fight for climate justice, Monday, 18/10
Indigenous women activists from Latin America discuss present and future challenges brought about by the climate crisis, as well as the central role they play in fighting for climate justice.withLiliana Armero (Colombia),Samela Awiá (Brazil), Patricia Gualinga (Ecuador),Ketty Marcelo (Peru), Iokiñe Rodriguez (University of East Anglia),and Paul Heritage(PPP).Online onyoutube.com/PeoplesPalaceProjects(Live translations in English, Portuguese, and Spanish)Challenges in
IndigenousResearch: webinar and publication launch, Thursday, 28/10
PPP launches an academic publication on new directions in global Indigenous research methods with an engaging conversation with commissioned authors. WithGiovanna Fassetta andMaria Grazia Imperiale (University of Glasgow), Andrew Livingston (Queen Mary University of London), Gareth Loudon (Royal School of Art), Kimaren ole Riamit (Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners, Kenya),Lilly Sar (University of Goroka, Papua New Guinea),Ian Stantonand Christopher Smith(AHRC), Paul Heritage and Pedro Rothstein (PPP).
The Krenak people sound experience, Thursday, 28/10
An online listening session curated by Indigenous activist Shirley Djukurnã Krenak(Brazil), sound artist Nathaniel Mann(UK), and Thiago Jesus(PPP).  The session presented aspects of healing via the sounds produced by the land, the culture, and some aspects of the ancestry of the Krenak people.
Indigenous narratives reshaping tomorrow , Tuesday, 2/11
Architects and Indigenous visual artists from Brazil and Peru talk about the role of the arts in reshaping Indigenous narratives in the 21st Century.
With Graci Guarani, Gabriel Kozlowski and Aislan Pankararu (Brazil), Christian Bendayán and Olinda Silvano (Peru).
Creative Climate Connections: a youth exchange between Xingu and Wales, Friday 5/11 November
The event marks the premiere of videos created by young people in theXingu (Brazil) and South Wales communities, who document their concerns and experiences of climate change and what it means for their way of life.
With Catherine Paskell(Wales),Catriona Fallow (University of the West of Scotland), Takumã Kuikuro (Brazil), Piratá Waurá (Brazil),and Paul Heritage(PPP).