Call for reimagining institutional support for PAR post-COVID

Auerbach, Jeremy, Muñoz, Solange, Walsh, Elizabeth, Affiah, Uduak, Barrera de la Torre, Gerónimo, Börner, Susanne, Cho, Hyunji, Cofield, Rachael, DiEnno, Cara Marie, Graddy-Lovelace, Garrett, Klassen, Susanna, Limeberry, Veronica, Morse, Aimee ORCID: 0000-0002-5574-6040 and Natarajan, Lucy (2022) Call for reimagining institutional support for PAR post-COVID. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 6. Art 916384. doi:10.3389/fsufs.2022.916384

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Although we believe academic researchers have a critical role to play in transformative systems change for social and ecological justice, we also argue that academic institutions have been (and continue to be) complicit in colonialism and in racialized, patriarchal capitalism. In this essay, we argue that if academia is to play a constructive role in supporting social and ecological resilience in the late stage Capitalocene epoch, we must move beyond mere critique to enact reimagined and decolonized forms of knowledge production, sovereignty, and structures for academic integrity. We use the pandemic as a moment of crisis to rethink what we are doing as PAR scholars and reflect on our experiences conducting PAR during the pandemic. A framework is presented for the reimaging of institutional support for the embedding of scholars in local social systems. We propose an academy with greater flexibility and consideration for PAR, one with increased funding support for community projects and community engagement offices, and a system that puts local communities first. This reimagining is followed by a set of our accounts of conducting PAR during the pandemic. Each account begins with an author's reflection on their experiences conducting PAR during the pandemic, focusing on how the current university system magnified the impacts of the pandemic. The author's reflection is then followed with a “what if” scenario were the university system changed in such a way that it mitigated or lessened the impacts of the pandemic on conducting PAR. Although this framework for a reimagined university is not a panacea, the reliance on strong in-place local teams, mutually benefiting research processes, and resources for community organizations putting in the time to collaborate with scholars can overcome many of the challenges presented by the pandemic and future crises.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Participatory action research; Academic capitalism; Neoliberal university; Scholar activism; COVID-19
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Anna Kerr
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2023 10:30
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2023 14:45

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