Participation as a condition for humanizing epistemology? Interdisciplinary and international perspectives
Date: 27 – 28 August 2021
Convenors: Oliver Böhm-Kasper (Bielefeld, GER), Saana Jukola (Bielefeld, GER), Anna Kirova (Edmonton, CAN)
In our post-truth era, accepted ways of getting at the truth are in crisis. In the context of intensifying borders, forced migration, climate crisis and extinction, and the rise of the global right, we are witnessing an intensifying crisis in meaning making about orders of humanity. The positivist research paradigm that dominates the social sciences and humanities confronts researchers and practitioners across disciplines with shared limitations in addressing dehumanization not only as an object of research, but as produced through theory, methodology, and approaches to measurement, with practitioners and minoritized communities often ignored as producers of knowledge. This workshop brings together scholars from educational science, philosophy, and health sciences to amplify this crisis in meaning for the purpose of accelerating what Thomas Kuhn (1962) conceptualized as a paradigm shift. Taking professional practice as a site of praxis, our guiding question is: what conditions are necessary for professional practice to become a site for the co-construction of a humanizing epistemology?