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Critical Research Approaches and Methods


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In recent years, academia and, particularly, research practices, such as research approaches, questions, methods, and analyses, have been criticized by a variety of scholars and activists. Critics have called for a deconstruction of existing methodologies and methods that (re)produce epistemic injustice through excluding non-western or female forms of knowledge production. Such a process requires a purposeful and deliberate approach to transforming the institution of research, the deep underlying structures and taken-for granted ways of organizing, conducting, and disseminating research knowledge. The lectures by Rosalba Icaza Garza and Januschka Schmidt will give an overview of various critiques and countering critical approaches, with a view to a reconstruct and enhance knowledge production.


Januschka Schmidt (Research Master Religious Studies)
Dr. Mónica López López (Behavioral and Social Sciences)
Dr. Joram Tarusarira (Centre for Religion, Conflict and Globalization)


10:00 – 10-10 Introduction

10:10 – 10:40 Januschka Schmidt: Citation practices as critical tool in Religious Studies

10:40 – 12:30 Rosalba Icaza Garza (International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University): Critical Research Methods and Approaches


Academia is often criticized for being complicit in reinforcing what has come to be called epistemic injustice, characterized by unduly privileging particular knowledge systems and excluding others. Among others, feminist critics raise the issue of adverse working conditions for women. Additionally, scholars of colour and female-identifying scholars of colour are at a particular risk of being excluded from western knowledge production. Within this system, our research methods and practices are to be criticized for being exclusive, accentuating some knowledge systems at the expense of others. Recently, theorists have offered a range of suggestions to challenge the existing canon of thought and address how scholars can make their research practices more inclusive without compromising quality research. Among the offered suggestions we find, for example, feminist theories, decolonial theory, critical race theory, and critical whiteness studies. This event will offer students an introduction into these critical methodology approaches.
The event aims at empowering attendees to integrate critical methodologies into their daily research practices by encouraging us to think critically about the methods we apply. It will challenge them to critically interrogation and dissemination. To do so, the discussions will equip attendees with ways to critically question their research methods and provide them with a toolbox of critical research methods.