Knowledge, Research & Education
Historically and also in our modern times, the creation of knowledge or the determination of what is knowledge is related to power. Eurocentric viewpoints often overrule local and indigenous knowledge. Also rational knowledge is often considered more important than know-how, embodied knowledge, intuition or religious believes. In our events, we want to create dialogue on what is knowledge and what science practices could value other ways of knowing.
Moreover, OtherWise organises events that explore the role of objectivity and subjectivity in science. Scientists use their rational thinking, but their personal influence on science is inevitable, as they have a personal interest or probably even passion for their research. What does this mean for the practice of science and the production of knowledge? Within the social sciences, questions are often raised about the claimed objectivity of the scientist. Within disciplines outside the social sciences, not much attention is being paid to this discussion. OtherWise provides a space to discuss differences between disciplines and create bridges that could lead to better collaborations.
Alternative Research Methods Training
Every year, we organise a 4-day training in February on Alternative Research Methods. In this training, participants acquire skills to use more creative, inclusive and bottom-up research methods. By organising this training, OtherWise wants to open up a dialogue about what are the limits of science and what are the possibilities within science to transform our ways of creating knowledge about our world. This year the training is adjusted to Alternative Remote Research Methods (AR²M). Due to restrictions of Covid-19, many researchers (students as well as professionals) face the challenge of having to do research from a distance. Together with experts on different methodologies, our ARMT Team will create this year's training that takes place on the 08th-12th of February 2021.
#5 Inner Sustainability Series: Inner Sustainability Talk
How do we relate to the non-human world? Do animals have a soul? Do plants have intelligence? What role do animals play in our society and how do we interact with them?
In this inner sustainability talk, we will dive into the topic of relating to the non-human world. Usually, we have quite an anthropocentric view of our society, considering only our way of being and knowing as truth. But how do animals communicate and live in this world? In this talk we will explore this.
Clemens Driessen, assistant professor at the department of Environmental Sciences, will talk with us about human-animal relations. He argues that nature is deeply cultural. What does that mean? Together we will dive into this and other questions such as "What does it entail when we take nonhuman organisms seriously as political beings that somehow communicate with us?" Or: "Do you think that there is a new ethics emerging, that considers animals as more equal to humans? And also things and plants?". Also participants will be invited to interact and ask questions. Tune in to dive into this topic together!