Thursday: I was in a round table discussion about knowledge and social justice with academics, some of whom who research the sociological impact of governmental silence, gender influenced sectarianism and digital knowledge consumerism..

You wouldn’t assume a thread to these seemingly disparate things, but the commonality occurred to me during an event we were invited on Thursday hosted by The Msc Social Justice dept of Edinburgh University for Innovative Learning Week and as part of the global justice academy. We were invited to contribute to the question ‘Whose knowledge Counts?” after reading Uncommon Ground.

The event began by an introduction by the organiser, Akwugo Emejulu, programme director, MSc Social Justice and Community Action who talked about marginalisation of any group, and the misrecognition of the value of that community’s contribution to society, or their capacity to see the world in an valid, or valuable way.

Akwugo – an experienced researcher with community groups, and programme director talked about who has the power to decide who has legitimate knowledge? – and what can you do to solve that inequity? She said a sentence that summarised the ideas team approach so beautifully I nearly fell off my chair.

She said ‘You try to intervene in a way that places the people at the centre of the process as competent agents” and there it was, a summary of the core intent of my understanding of the idea team practice

Kara Christine – artlink midlothian cordinator

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