Critical Literacy, Information and Research Needs For African Food/Energy Futures and the Global Commons: Research Collection Imaginaries
As academicians, do we know how to create (support with resources) a real debate or critical distinctions between biopiracy claims, calls for “food/energy sovereignty,” and “food security,” if the voices of people/farmers who resist or starve in Africa are rarely heard or catalogued?
“Collections” define debates, promoting some analyses and ignoring others. This selectivity comes from overt policy and then in turn, directs policy, serving particular interests. Science can be a double edged sword for Africa particularly if, African indigenous knowledge is not considered as science and if access to critical literacies (knowledge of what has occurred on other continents vis a vis land grabs) is not shared.
Participants for this panel and poster session are invited to articulate indigenous science that should exist in teaching spaces, research and "library/collection imaginaries” -- visions, practices, resources that engage educators (librarians, instructors, scholar-activist researchers) and students to connect with those dispossessed, those calling for sustainable communities within Africa and the African diaspora.
How and where do we find these knowledges to share with researchers? What resources, methods, and activities exemplify our ability to educate/unlearn/transform colonial scripts that persist and are re-cycled in dominant knowledge systems and institutions? How do we teach “sustainable community building” in our roles as educator/guide despite corporate driven initiatives in academia? What teaching and collection/resources and methods support problem solving research utilizing media, conference programs and texts, bibliographies, pathfinders, curriculum guides, conference programs and texts, Youtube, activist kits, textiles, webliographies, exhibits, webcasts and others to support informed policy and dialogue towards the sustainability of the majority in Africa?
This panel/roundtable will be proposed as one of the 3-part series under Discourses on Enclosure, Environmental Justice, Sovereignty, and Sustainability in Africa and the African Diaspora I-III.
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