De/colonizing Qualitative Research: For Whom is the Work? (IRDL Speaker Series)

Friday, February 12, 2021 11:00am to 12:30pm

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The IRDL Scholars Speaker Series is designed to shine a spotlight on voices and ideas that challenge traditional ways of conducting research. It surveys various topics, including specific research methods and critiques of processes associated with western social science approaches, with the intention of inspiring research explicitly rooted in social justice.

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As librarians, educators, and researchers, we welcome this opportunity to reflect and incorporate what we learn from these speakers into our own research efforts, so that our methodologies integrate anti-racist and anti-colonial practices. The series is coordinated by a working group of IRDL Scholars. Each speaker session is free to attend via Zoom; anyone interested is welcome.

The session will be moderated by IRDL scholars Lorelei Rutledge and Eamon Tewell.

About the Speaker

Kakali Bhattacharya is a professor at the University of Florida and a qualitative research methodologist, trained from the University of Georgia. Bhattacharya serves the College of Education and other social science students across campus. Her interests are in de/colonizing epistemologies and methodologies, creativity as inquiry, contemplative practices and pedagogies, and technology-integrated learning and social spaces. She is a nepantlera, moving in and out of multiple worlds without being indoctrinated in any one.

About the Topic

"Qualitative research has been and continues to be produced from predominantly white countries. Consequently, there exists a privileging of western thought that has been and continues to be canonized in qualitative research. Critical and de/colonial qualitative research aim to disrupt the canon, challenge western superiority in knowledge construction, and cultivate spaces for knowledge-making from culturally responsive perspectives. In this talk, I will discuss how these knowledge-making practices unfolded for me in my work and possibilities and space making created by such practices. The discussion will specifically focus on how we negotiate the academic gaze to generate inquiry."

About IRDL

The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) is a continuing education program for academic and research librarians designed to prepare novice researchers for careers as librarian-researchers. For more information, go to

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The William H. Hannon Library fosters excellence in academic achievement through an array of distinctive services that enable learners to feed their curiosity, experience new worlds, develop their ideas, inform their decision-making, and inspire others. More information can be found at

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