Decolonising the Self: Phenomenological Strategies

Andrews, Jorella G.. 2019. 'Decolonising the Self: Phenomenological Strategies'. In: PhD Workshop: Decolonising the Self: Representations of the Self in Art Theory and Practice across Cultures. University of Tel Aviv, Israel 25 December 2019. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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From a practical point of view, phenomenological research strategies train us progressively to let go of the presuppositions, inherited category or naming systems, desires, and expectations which we inevitably bring with us into any research process and which therefore obscure core phenomenological priorities: (a) the unfolding but generally unnoticed or ignored self-showings, or self-presentations, of the phenomena with which we are concerned as researchers, and, furthermore (b) the capacities of such self-showings to re-position, indeed radically reconfigure both researcher and research context. To embrace investigative processes of this kind, however, means entering a territory that may be experienced as decidedly and paradoxically unscholarly. An initial phenomenological challenge, for instance, is to engage in situated, perceptual and pre-critical processes of describing in which the desire to ‘explain’ is temporarily suspended, and in which the usual academic structures and conventions according to which we ask questions and organise ideas need to be held very loosely.

This session included a practical session in which students from diverse cultural backgrounds used phenomenological strategies (a) to analyse and interpret a personally meaningful object or image they had brought with them to workshop and (b) one such object belonging to one of the other participants. Insights were then shared and discussed.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

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Phenomenological research

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Visual Cultures


22 December 2019Completed

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University of Tel Aviv, Israel

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25 December 2019

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02 Sep 2020 09:39

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02 Sep 2020 09:39


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