Solidarity as Method: A Collaboratory Workshop


Fri, 09/10/2021 - 3:00pm


Part of the Fall 2021 Middle Eastern and North African Studies Colloquium Series

Megan Carney, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Center for Regional Food Studies

The Covid-19 pandemic and the public health emergency of structural racism have forced a long overdue reckoning for many in academia with respect to the structures of power and oppression that shape research while also posing practical challenges for carrying out research physically in "the field". In this participatory and collaboratory workshop, we will engage with the framework of "solidarity as method" for its political potential in pushing back against oppressive regimes of knowledge production that subscribe to the fallacy of objective, apolitical research and preclude variations of the scholar-activist/activist-scholar (Gilmore 2007; Mohanty 2003; Tuhiwai Smith 1999; Walia 2013). Through a series of group activities and exercises, as well as drawing from examples of pro-migrant, anti-capitalist, and anti-oppressive solidarity activism and collective care in the Mediterranean, we will play with reimagining research as a domain that proactively supports liberatory processes and outcomes. We will also discuss the possibilities and challenges of "solidarity as method" in terms of it being both a research or ethnographic object and as a methodological framework in centering decolonial, feminist, and anti-racist approaches to knowledge production.



Megan A. Carney is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Regional Food Studies at the University of Arizona. She is Faculty Affiliate in Latin American Studies, Middle East and North Africa Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Human Rights Practice, and Food Studies. As a medical and sociocultural anthropologist, Carney’s research and teaching examine the intersections of migration and health with economic and food systems. She is the author of "Island of Hope: Migration and Solidarity in the Mediterranean" (University of California, 2021) and the award-winning "The Unending Hunger: Tracing Women and Food Insecurity Across Borders" (University of California, 2015). With feminist and decolonial theory informing her research design, she consistently centers the perspectives of historically marginalized populations in reporting and translating research findings for diverse audiences and in advocating for improved policies and programs.

This event will be on Zoom. Registration will be capped at 25. A reply email confirming your registration (or placement on an alternate list) and the event link will be sent as soon as possible during business hours. Attendees will be asked to complete a small assignment in advance and bring it to the workshop to make for a more enriching experience.

Workshop participants are asked to please bring some source of data from their research to share and be prepared to briefly speak about it. Examples include but are not limited to: a photograph, historical or archival document(s), a portion of a transcript (from interviews, etc.), field notes, or a short story about a challenging or impressionable research experience.

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