Braiding Knowledge: Opportunities and Perils of Community-Based Research and Activist Scholarship with Indigenous Communities

Colloquium | April 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center, MLK Jr. Student Union

 Sonya Atalay, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director, UMass

 Kojun "Jun" Ueno Sunseri, Ph.D., RPA, Assistant Professor, Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley

 Center for Native American Issues Research on, American Indian Graduate Program (AIGP, American Indian Graduate Student Association, Native American Student Development, Archaeological Research Facility, Department of Anthropology

A commitment to decolonization requires fundamental shifts in the way we make, teach, and share new knowledge. Transforming research from an extractive or exploitative endeavor toward a practice that contributes to healing and community-well being is one of the key challenges of our time for those in the academy today. Drawing on multiple recent archaeology and heritage-related projects carried out in partnership with Native American and Turkish communities, Professor Atalay will share the exciting possibilities of community-based research practices along with the complexities, contradictions, and impediments involved in doing engaged and activist scholarship. From complex ethical dilemmas and our need for revised IRB processes, to enhancing our skill sets in collaborative, participatory planning and knowledge mobilization strategies – she will discuss both the promise and perils involved in transforming research through a community-based approach., 510-642-0813