"Post-disciplinary Science Futures: (Un)thinking Research, Praxes for a Pluriversal World"

09.06.2016, 1:30 p.m. Crossroads Asia Lecture by Epifania Amoo-Adare @ZEF in Bonn. The lecture is part of ZEFs bi-weekly, interdisciplinary colloquia.



This presentation provides the rationale for and an overview of the content to be placed within an exploratory guide, in which post-disciplinary perspectives for (un)thinking current modes of research are discussed in order to promote moves toward praxes for a more interconnected and pluriversal world of knowledges. The guide is one important example of the Crossroads Asia network’s efforts to rethink Area Studies and related disciplines, at the level of concepts, methods and critical reflection on research positionalities within the production of knowledge. Consequently, the exploratory guide is situated within current debates that recognize the need for renewed approaches to scientific research, which are multiple, intersectional and transgressive. More specifically, the guide will highlight the significant added value of post-disciplinary approaches to research for better understanding various figurations of (non)human inter-actions (and their socio-spatial dynamics) within and beyond geographic locations. This is done by pin-pointing several ground-breaking conceptual, methodological and reflexive tools that have been developed as a consequence of key turns (i.e., linguistic, cultural, translational, spatial, mobility, non-human, indigenous, and epistemic decolonial), as well as by providing insights into the kinds of critical pedagogy necessary for learning (and teaching) how to (un)think research practice, not only as a response to the more dynamic, complex, chaotic and uncertain nature of contemporary phenomena, but also as a concerted effort to transform existing power-knowledge hegemonies by providing multiple epistemic, ontological and philosophical accounts of (and for) existence.



Epifania Amoo-Adare is a senior researcher at ZEFa, working on the BMBF-funded Crossroads Asia project. Here, she is tasked with drawing on the empirical research of the network’s work packages for the spatial analysis of social processes in order to yield theoretical insights into the multidimensionality of space. Additionally, she provides inputs into the development of teaching and learning (both subject content and pedagogy) opportunities for rethinking Area Studies and related disciplines; that is, work that highlights the synthesis of Crossroads Asia research at the level of concepts, methodology and reflexive research praxis. Amoo-Adare has a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA and is also a RIBA part II qualified architect with diverse and post-disciplinary scholarly interests in areas such as Critical Pedagogy, Critical Spatial Literacy, Cultural Studies, Decolonial Thinking, Globalization Studies, International Educational Development, Mobility Studies, ‘Third World’ Feminisms, and Urban Studies. She has worked as a social science researcher, program manager and/or educator for over 18 years, acquiring certain socio-spatial insights into locations within the South Caucasus, East and South Asia, and the Middle East, as well as in Ghana, the United States, and the United Kingdom. She is also the author of Spatial Literacy: Contemporary Asante Women’s Place-Making (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

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