Panel discussion - Reflections on positionality and relationality

DPA SEMINAR SERIES

Chair: Soli Middleby, PhD candidate, University of Adelaide/Massey University

Panellists:
Gemma Malungahu, Research Fellow, Department of Pacific Affairs
Pip Louey, PhD Candidate, Department of Pacific Affairs
Akka Rimon, PhD Candidate, Department of Pacific Affairs
Judy Putt, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Pacific Affairs

Fundamental to any research endeavour is the positionality and relationality of the inquirer, in terms of a person’s worldview and the political and social context of the research. The context embraces multiple fields including the sites in which knowledge is accrued and disseminated, of which academia has a significant place. The panellists share an interest and history of conducting research in the Pacific region, including Australia. They bring their own unique perspectives and experiences to bear in their work and to the discussion. The conversations in this seminar explore and consider the meaning and understandings of positionality and relationality, and reflect upon the challenging nature of fostering and undertaking ethical and considered research.

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