Participating the Participatory
Our research will seek to understand how researchers can benefit from the cross-cultural exchange, cross-disciplinary collaboration, decolonial and intersectional feminist pedagogies. Today many institutions foster and emphasize the importance of inclusive learning environments, but the question of how this inclusiveness is being manifested within their research practice remains largely unexplored. Participatory design of research seems to provide an answer across a variety of disciplines from academic research to community art projects. While many institutions share manuals on tools, methods, and techniques for participatory engagement with communities/subjects of study it remains a question how one could adopt techniques and methodologies he/she is used to working within the context of a given community. What are the ways of reinventing your participatory research toolbox together with the subjects of the study?
So, the research process within this group will revolve around the meaning, power, and potential of different participation techniques to create a common space and ensure inclusiveness. Is there such a thing as pre-research for participatory method design? If yes, what does this process entail? How a truly inclusive participatory research can make a room for the missing voices and narratives and reflect the multitude of diverse and diverging backgrounds?
Nazaket Azimli, Urbanist and researcher
Mujgan Abdulzade, Designer and researcher