Sharing research results with collaborators

Getting back to collaborators, a vital part of collaborative research. Not only to comply with proposed research approach and to get feedback on the work that has been done but also as an act of reciprocity and respect towards research collaborators. Allowing them a safe space to freely discuss, comment and raise their voices, if they want to.

On May 3rd I went back to the Indigenous and Intercultural Studies Institute (IIEI) at the University of La Frontera, Chile. The Institute not only hosted me for three months during 2016 while I was doing fieldwork in the Araucania Region but also it has been a very important collaborator during the whole research process.

The objective of this visit was to present and discuss the results of the research with a broad audience. In doing so, I was also lucky to have an interdisciplinary panel to comment on my presentation. The panel was formed by Ximena Cuadra, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, University du Québec a Montréal, Alberto Kuramil, Longko of Lof Radalko in Curacautin, and Gonzalo Bustamante, Adjoint Professor at Univerity of La Frontera.

This is the press note the IIEI released about the presentation (in Spanish): http://estudiosindigenas.ufro.cl/index.php/noticias/33-estudio-analiza-vinculacion-de-la-espiritualidad-mapuche-con-el-cambio-climatico

I recorded the presentation, the panel discussion and the QA section, and edited this video (all in Spanish):

This is only one of the presentations I had while in Chile three weeks ago. The other presentation was with the Mapuche communities I collaborated with. I am still working on the video of that presentation and will post it soon.

Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) – Graduate School – University of British Columbia – Vancouver – Canada

WHAT DOES BEING A PUBLIC SCHOLAR MEAN TO YOU?

 

To me being a public scholar means to act beyond the personal interest and being able to think out of the box when it is needed, in order to provide solutions to different groups of people. Also, in my case, although I am a forester by training (BSc, MSc), I am always striving to be more interdisciplinary in my approaches, particularly integrating approaches from indigenous methodologies and social sciences. Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate in the UBC Faculty of Forestry, and a Liu Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, an interdisciplinary research hub for emerging global issues in the Faculty of Arts at UBC. The focus of my research is placed on Indigenous communities from Chile, with a particular interest in the struggles of Mapuche communities. For this reason, while doing fieldwork, I do not only collect data but I also engage in different activities, from traditional ceremonies to marches on the streets. And, whenever possible, I put my expertise to the service of the communities I am working with (e.g. writing professional reports, providing advice, etc.).

Source: Arias-Bustamante, Jose – Graduate School – University of British Columbia – Vancouver – Canada