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LACS Indigenous Languages Program Event. Action Research and the Participatory Construction of Knowledge in 1970s Colombia

Joanne Rappaport, Professor of Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, Georgetown University
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
4:00-5:30 PM
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Lecture presented by Joanne Rappaport, Professor of Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, Georgetown University

Discussant: Laura Pensa, PhD Candidate, Romance Languages & Literatures, U-M

In the early 1970s, sociologist Orlando Fals Borda combined sociological and historical research with a firm commitment to grassroots social movements in collaboration with the National Association of Peasant Users on the Atlantic coast of Colombia. The presentation examines the development of participatory action research, highlighting Fals Borda's rejection of traditional positivist research frameworks in favor of sharing his own authority as a researcher with peasant activists and preparing accessible materials for a campesino readership, thereby transforming research into a political organizing tool. The fundamental concepts of participatory action research as they were framed by Fals Borda continue to be relevant to engaged social scientists and other researchers in Latin America and beyond.

Joanne Rappaport is a professor of Latin American cultural studies and anthropology at Georgetown University. An anthropologist pursuing dual lines of research in ethnographic history and collaborative ethnography, she previously looked at the role of literacy and historical memory in indigenous activism in Colombia and at the emergence of indigenous intellectuals in Latin America. Her recent work centers on collaborative ethnography that draws equally on academic and nonacademic agendas, theories, and methods. She is the author of The Disappearing Mestizo: Configuring Difference in the Colonial New Kingdom of Granada, Beyond the Lettered City: Indigenous Literacies in the Andes, and Intercultural Utopias: Public Intellectuals, Cultural Experimentation, and Ethnic Pluralism in Colombia, and Cowards Don′t Make History: Orlando Fals Borda and the Origins of Participatory Action Research all also published by Duke University Press.

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Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
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Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Anthropology, Area Studies, Center For Latin American And Caribbean Studies, Central America, Discussion, History, Latin America, Lecture, Virtual
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, International Institute, Romance Languages & Literatures, Department of History