What is so important about the Gathering of Indigenous Women Researchers?
Intercultural research is a process of epistemological deconstruction and decolonization that emerges from the cosmofeeling, cosmothinking and cosmoknowledge of the Indigenous Peoples. It was born as a response to the epistemic injustice around the validity of ancestral knowledge, which has been one of the forms of oppression and domination of the colonial system.
The Gathering of Indigenous Women Researchers with different actors in research and knowledge production will help strengthen and better position those research processes that are based on the priorities of Indigenous Women. They are founded on commitments, responsibilities and collective actions carried as Indigenous Women, as indigenous researchers and academics in universities and research centres, for the deconstruction of the hegemonic epistemology and for the articulation and political advocacy in the defence of the individual and collective rights of the Indigenous Women, Girls and Youth of the world, and of Mother Earth.
By participating in the round tables, researchers from different backgrounds and academic traditions will be able to exchange experiences and reflections related to the methodological challenges they face in the course of their research, thus contributing to strengthening this approach and its political and transformative potential.
How can I register to participate in the meeting?
By filling out the online registration form available through this link click here, according to the category to which you belong.
Which participant category do I belong to?
Women researchers of FIMI’s Research Program.
Current or former participants of FIMI’s Research and Issues of Impact on the Lives of Indigenous Women Program
Independent researchers or researchers affiliated with a university or research centre whose work is related to the issues addressed at the Gathering.
Experts from the international community:
Representatives of International Organizations and United Nations agencies, Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations specialized on the rights and Indigenous Women.
Indigenous Women leaders with extensive experience, with expertise in the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Women, donors.
What should I include in my presentation abstract?
Each abstract should have a total of 500 words.
It should consist of a summary of the methodology applied in your research, explaining why you consider it to be culturally relevant (500 words).
Will my presentation be published?
After the Gathering, the most relevant contributions and inputs from the discussions will be compiled in a document as a way to strengthen and promote the intercultural methodology for advocacy. The presentations as such will not be published, but the participants of the Gathering will be mentioned.
What are the themes of the Gathering?
In order to highlight the results achieved through intercultural methodology, as well as to generate constructive and enriching exchanges between FIMI graduates and researchers from different backgrounds and academic traditions, there will be round tables where each researcher will have the opportunity to present their experiences and reflections surrounding the methodology applied in their research. The presentations will have to be articulated around the following thematic axes:
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What happens after I fill out and submit the online registration form as a speaker at the Gathering of Indigenous Researchers?
There will be a limited number of participants for the Gathering. Each registration will thus be evaluated, particularly those requesting a scholarship. All persons will be notified of the final status of their registration.
I am interested in participating, but I cannot cover the travel and/or accommodation expenses. Can I apply for a scholarship? What expenses do the scholarship cover?
If you are an Indigenous Woman, you can apply for a scholarship through the registration form.
The scholarships only cover food, accommodation and local transportation in the host country of the Gathering.
Do you have to be an Indigenous Woman to participate in the Gathering?
Priority will be given to Indigenous Women, but the Gathering is open to all actors from the world of research or knowledge production related to the rights of Indigenous Women at the local, regional and international levels. If you have any questions about the topics that will be addressed during the Gathering, you can read through the frequently asked questions.
In what languages will the Gathering take place?
An interpretation service will be available at the Gathering in the following languages: English, French and Spanish. To help us anticipate the needs of each table, it is important that you specify your language on the registration form.
What is the meaning of the event’s logo?
Birds are part of our cultures, as they inhabit both earth and sky. They fly over long distances, beyond human borders. They are a symbol of transmission and dissemination of knowledge. They contribute to the care of Mother Earth as sowers of life. The seven colours incorporated into the logo represent the seven sociocultural regions that make up the Indigenous Women’s movement.