Decolonising in, by and through participatory design with political activists in Palestine

Clarke, Rachel, Talhouk, Reem, Beshtawi, Ahmed, Barham, Kefah, Boyle, Owen, Griffiths, Mark and Baillie Smith, Matt (2022) Decolonising in, by and through participatory design with political activists in Palestine. In: Participatory Design Conference 2022: Volume 1. ACM, New York, NY, United States, pp. 36-49. ISBN 9781450393881

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We contribute a conceptual framework for decolonising PD praxis with the aim of surfacing unsettling agendas. Our framework was developed in response to collaborating with young Bedouin activists in Palestine, where there is a need not only to delink approaches from potential damaging epistemological and ontological ways of knowing and being, but to recognise differently constituted positionalities, the geopolitical specificities of place and the role of INGOs alongside the cultural contexts of ongoing violence. We define our orientations as decolonising in, by and through PD praxis when working on issues of land-based conflict. We argue these multiplicitous orientations allow for negotiations between political struggle and indigenous connection to the land, how INGOs embody conflicting justice agendas and how equity enriches yet complicates community sustainment. In contexts of ongoing indigenous land-based conflict, we detail the framework as an approach for unsettling PD praxis.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: PDC 2022: Participatory Design Conference 2022 19/08/22 → 1/09/22 Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Uncontrolled Keywords: Decolonising, activism, development, indigeneity, United Kingdom, conflict
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2022 08:00
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2022 08:00

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