Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Critical Cross-Border Conversations: The potential and promise of student research in action

Join the Critical Cross-Border Conversations research group for its 2017 Spring Event. The event features a student researcher poster presentation, a documentary trailer, and a keynote address by Dr. Airini, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Abstract:

Beyond remembering colonization, the true work of this generation is to transcend it — politically, intellectually, and socially. Failure is inevitable if we do not begin to imagine, and in imagining, take ownership of a future that is different from our past (Williams, 2008). This presentation will explore futures made possible by critical, cross-border conversations in research. This kind of work is needed and timely as we re-imagine the purpose and practices of research and our identities as researchers. In bringing scholars from different fields together in critical cross-border conversations, we can break down the disciplinary boundaries that often separate us; forging new possibilities for the students we serve and society outside the campus gates (McLaren, 2017). In these ways we remember that how and where we research teaches us what we value rather than simply what is of value (Ahmed, 2010). What then might be the next steps in the evolution of research that is located at the very heart of the purpose and future of universities? I will share what we are imagining about research, researcher, and the university from the interdisciplinary Knowledge Makers Indigenous research mentoring initiative. In part it is about sharing promising practices in critical cross-border research. Fundamentally it is about taking ownership of who we were called to be.