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Untold Stories of the Research Process: Indigenous, Feminist and Decolonial Approaches

Date: December 12, 2022
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm EDT
Location: Virtual Event (register here)
Moderated by: Prof. Alison Crosby PhD.
Panelists: Ruth Murambadoro PhD. Dolores Figueroa PhD. María Gloria Cayulef PhD. Stud.



The workshop invites participants to explore aspects of the research process that may be underestimated or unspoken, including the role of emotions, political commitments, and relationships in shaping research. Such an approach draws on a “thinking-feeling” epistemology. We employ feminist, decolonial and Indigenous frameworks to foster a multidimensional understanding of research. Our engagements are centred on challenging and changing Western and patriarchal conceptions of thinking about knowledge, the actors involved, their processes, and research goals.

Maria Gloria Cayulef is a Mapuche and feminist researcher. She works as an assistant professor at the Institute of Research and Graduate Studies in Health Sciences at Central University of Chile, where she coordinates the Master in Gender Studies and Psycho-Social Intervention. Her work centers on integrating the feminist and anti-racist perspective into the academic setting and has addressed issues of political violence, violence against women, and community and intercultural praxis in contexts of socio-cultural and territorial diversity.

She holds a Master’s in Social Psychology and she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Gender Studies: Cultures, Societies, and Politics at the University of Girona, Spain. Her dissertation focuses on understanding the historically established articulations between the race-gender categories, which shape the social construction of the Mapuche woman. She is currently participating as a Visiting Graduate Student at the Centre for Feminist Research at York University.

Maria Gloria specializes in critical social psychology, decolonial feminist methodologies, and southern feminist theories.

Ruth Murambadoro is an African feminist who writes on women, transitional justice, gender justice and politics of the Global South. Based at the Centre for Feminist Research, York University, her work explores the gendered nature of the post-colonial state to broader understandings of violence perpetrated against women in Zimbabwe. She holds research affiliations with the Harriet Tubman Institute, and Wits School of Governance. Her long term project involves working with emerging and seasoned African artists to build a digital repository (re)presenting African women’s resistance in the postcolony.

Dolores Figueroa is a researcher at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Mexico City. Dr. Figueroa's academic expertise focuses on conceptualizing structural, social and feminicide violence against indigenous women in rural areas and critically dialoguing with the anti-gender violence institutional framework in Mexico. During the last two years, she was part of an initiative aimed at creating networks between social researchers, technicians and indigenous women's organizations, such as the National Coordination of Indigenous Women of Mexico (CONAMI) to strengthen their community initiative called "Community Emergency of Violence" to build a database to document various types of violence that impact indigenous women and their peoples in various regions of Mexico. Dr. Figueroa has published numerous articles in refereed academic journals and chapters in edited volumes on violence against indigenous women in Guerrero, such as: "Defensoras comunitarias, violencias múltiples y búsqueda de justicia en territorios indígenas Tlapa de Comonfort, Guerrero" 2020, with María Teresa Sierra and Marisol Alcocer; "Anti-Manual for conducting workshops with survivors of grave human rights violations through a territorial and participatory focus"; with Teresa Sierra Camacho (2020); "Alertas de género y mujeres indígenas: interpelando las políticas públicas desde los contextos comunitarios en Guerrero, México" in the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.


Dec 12 2022


11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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