WORLD ANTHROPOLOGICAL UNION

CONGRESS 2024​

SELECTED PANEL

( pn86 )

Decolonizing Knowledge Production: Global Perspectives from the World

Organizers

    Paras Kumar Choudhary

    India

    Ranchi University

    Face to Face/ On Site - Presence

    Dr. Mithilesh Kumar

    India

    Ranchi University

    Face to Face/ On Site - Presence

IUAES Affiliation: Anthropology, Public Policy and Development Practice

Keywords:

Decolonization, Knowledge Production, World, Indigenous Methodologies, Hegemonic Narratives.

Abstract:

It is essential to explore the intricate dynamics of knowledge production on a global scale. Social scientists will delve into the multifaceted aspects of decolonizing knowledge, spanning social, cultural, linguistic, biological, and paleo-anthropological dimensions, within the overarching context of the global community. The discussions will revolve around indigenous methodologies, the crucial role of local communities, and the challenges faced in challenging prevailing hegemonic narratives. In recent years, the discourse on decolonizing knowledge has expanded globally, prompting critical examinations of power structures embedded in academic, social, and cultural spheres across the world. The social scientists seek to provide a nuanced worldwide perspective by focusing on the complexities of knowledge production on a global scale. By delving into various dimensions of knowledge production, the panel aims to shed light on distinctive challenges and opportunities for decolonization in this interconnected and diverse world. The first key theme addresses the role of indigenous methodologies in the global decolonization of knowledge. Indigenous communities worldwide possess rich, context-specific knowledge systems often marginalized by colonial influences. The panelists will explore how these traditional knowledge systems can be revitalized, respected, and integrated into mainstream discourse, transcending cultural and geographical boundaries. The second focal point revolves around the indispensable role of local communities in the global decolonization process. Local communities worldwide are not passive recipients of knowledge; rather, they are active contributors with deep-rooted insights into their environments. The panel will investigate how engaging local communities in the knowledge production process can facilitate a more authentic and contextualized understanding of diverse issues on a global scale. Empowering local voices can challenge hegemonic structures that perpetuate imbalances in knowledge representation globally. The world has often been subjected to Eurocentric perspectives that distort its history, culture, and contributions to knowledge. Panelists will deliberate on the difficulties encountered in dismantling these entrenched narratives and propose strategies for establishing more accurate and inclusive representations on a global platform. By critically examining the power dynamics at play globally, the panel aims to contribute to a broader understanding of how decolonization can reshape narratives and foster epistemic justice on a worldwide scale. By concentrating on the keywords – Decolonization, Knowledge Production, World, Indigenous Methodologies, and Hegemonic Narratives – the discussions aim to transcend theoretical frameworks and offer practical pathways toward a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive global knowledge landscape. Through collaborative efforts and shared experiences. The ongoing discourse on decolonizing knowledge production on a global stage, where perspectives from every corner of the world converge for a more interconnected and enlightened future.