Decolonial Research Methods: Resisting Coloniality in Academic Knowledge Production

Dr Leon Moosavi is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool. He delivered a series of online international seminars between October and December 2021.

The six-part series aimed to prompt researchers to reflect on the ways in which academic research may either reinforce or dislodge colonial discourses. Each event featured a presentation from a leading international scholar.


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Recordings of the six webinars are available to watch below. You can also watch the full playlist on YouTube and read transcriptions of the webinars. A journal article is forthcoming.

Dr Moosavi was a runner-up in the 2023 NCRM Impact Prize, which recognised the impacts of researchers who have participated in NCRM activities. Read about the impact of the webinar series. Congratulations to Dr Moosavi.

Professor Vineeta Sinha, National University of Singapore

Presentation title: Annihilating the "savage slot" from anthropology: Materializing reflexive practices.

Professor Linda T. Smith, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Professor Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney

Presentation title: Decolonising Research: Working Methods

Professor Walter Mignolo, Duke University

Presentation title: Decolonial Research Methods: A Planetary Conversation Beyond the North Atlantic (the Global East and the Global South).

Professor Sujata Patel, Umeå University

Professor Jeong-Eun Rhee, Long Island University

Presentation title: Decolonial Feminist Research: Haunting, Rememory, and Mothers

In addition to the six webinar recordings, this project produced a video with responses from attendees of the events.