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Convival Research

Syllabus by Center for Convivial Research & Autonomy

Convivial community – based research approach is a grassroots collective investigative effort that fundamentally refuses to objectify groups, organizations, or communities in struggle. Rather, it promotes facilitating spaces for on-going encounters of collective knowledge production put in service of self-organized communities seeking to address specific problems impacting them. By convivial research, we mean a collective horizontal approach that refuses to objectify communities of struggle, engages multiple sites of knowledge production, and generates new strategic, conceptual tools, while also promoting what the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) calls “direct action casework” as part of an on-going process of community regeneration. Emerging from a renewed commitment to participatory, horizontal, and militant approaches to knowledge production, convivial research prioritizes the intersection between engaged research, insurgent learning, and direct action as a fundamental dimension of a radical democratic praxis.

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