(For more information about course requirements visit the Requirements Page)


Core Course for Spring 2020:

Anth 898/ GEOG 804:  Decolonizing Methodologies, Dr. Patricia McAnany (Anthropology) and Dr. Andrew Curley (Geography)


If you would like to be considered for admission to the seminar in Spring 2020, please complete this form by November 16, 2019. All applicants will be notified by the week of December 3, in time to make any adjustments in their schedule before tuition bills come due on December 13. For more details, please email the instructors.

  • This course is a core course for the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research. The course will be held on Tuesday from 3:30 – 6:20 PM.
  • This class seeks to explore the fundamental connection between critical social theory and qualitative research through readings, discussion, and workshop techniques. The class is divided into three sections:

1. The Problems of Research: Why should research methodology be ‘decolonized’? What lineages of critique shape the practice and underlying theory of participatory research today?
2. Methods in Practice: What approaches, from interviews to videos, can research employ to enable greater engagement? What practical issues arise when working with communities to generate knowledge?
3. Student Projects: How can participatory research be integrated into graduate-level research projects? What resources and support, as well as challenges and barriers, do students face in doing participatory research currently?

  • Objectives include: 1) Critically assess research methodologies with attention to problems of power, difference, and colonial structures of knowledge production; 2) Analyze and discuss methodological questions and problems; 3) Create a plan for research that acknowledges these problems and structures (even if it does not escape them entirely); Proceed with hope and caution in future research endeavors