1st Edition

Arts-Based Methods for Decolonising Participatory Research

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ISBN 9780367513276
April 16, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
288 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In an effort to challenge the ways in which colonial power relations and Eurocentric knowledges are reproduced in participatory research, this book explores whether and how it is possible to use arts-based methods for creating more horizontal and democratic research practices.

In discussing both the transformative potential and limitations of arts-based methods, the book asks: What can arts-based methods contribute to decolonising participatory research, its processes and practices? The book takes part in ongoing debates related to the need to decolonise research, and investigates practical contributions of arts-based methods in the practise-led research domain. Further, it discusses the role of artistic research in depth, locating it in a decolonising context.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, design, fine arts, service design, social sciences and development studies.

The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/ISBN, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Arts-based methods for decolonising participatory research

Tiina Seppälä, Melanie Sarantou and Satu Miettinen


2. Co-creation through quilting: Connected entanglements and disruptures with care 

Vishnu Vardhani Rajan, Shyam Gadhavi and Marjaana Jauhola

3. In touch with the mindful body: Moving with women and girls at the Za’atari refugee camp

Susanna Hast

4. Towards just dance research: uMunthu participatory, performative inquiry in Malawian–Norwegian entanglements

Sunniva Hovde, Asante Smzy Maulidi and Tone Pernille Østern

5. Participatory photography with women’s rights activists in Nepal: Towards a practice of decolonial feminist solidarity?

Tiina Seppälä


6. Archipelagos of designing and a ko-ontological encounter

Yoko Akama

7. Building a community through service design and responsiveness to emotions

Mariluz Soto Hormazábal, Katherine Mollenhauer, Satu Miettinen and Melanie Sarantou

8. Developing the relational dimension of participatory design through creativity-based methods

Caoimhe Isha Beaulé, Solen Roth, Anne Marchand and Karine Awashish

9. Navigating uncertainty – Developing the facilitator’s role through participatory service design workshops

Maija Rautiainen, Michelle Van Wyk and Satu Miettinen


10. Decoloniality of knowing and being: Artistic research through collaborative craft practice

Nithikul Nimkulrat

11. The flying ants and the beauty of ice

Heidi Pietarinen and Eija Timonen

12. Paint that place with light! Light painting as a means of creating attachment to historical locations: a practice-based research project

Nina Luostarinen and Kirsi MacKenzie

13. John Savio’s art as a part of early Sámi decolonisation in the 1920s and 1930s 

Tuija Hautala-Hirvioja

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Tiina Seppälä is a senior researcher at the University of Lapland, Finland.

Melanie Sarantou is a senior researcher at the University of Lapland, Finland.

Satu Miettinen is Professor in Service Design at the University of Lapland, Finland.

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