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Title: Reimagining Cooperative Research Futures

Re-imagining Co-operative Research Futures
  • Dr. Isobel M. Findlay
  • Mapping Co-operative Studies in the New
  • University of Victoria, May 2003

Situating Knowledge
  • Theory is always a (necessary) detour on the way
    to something more important.--Hall, 1991
  • Communication is a symbolic process whereby
    reality is produced, maintained, repaired, and
    transformed. . . . Communication . . . Produces
    the social bonds . . . That tie men sic
    together and make associated life
    possible.Carey, 1992
  • The fundamental issue is the identity of the
    decision-maker. . . . the courts of the
    colonizer have assumed the authority to define
    the nature and meaning of Aboriginal cultures.
  • R Barsh and J Henderson, 1997 1102

Re-imagining Co-operative Research Futures
  • Researching back (Smith, 1999)
  • Enriching discursive practice
  • Investing in revisionary theory and history
  • Including diverse voices
  • Adding values

Key Operating Assumptions
  • Research is neither natural nor neutral.
  • Meanings and identities are not out there waiting
    to be discovered but are actively produced and
  • Constructions of cultural gaps between
    academics and activists, between theory and
    practice, between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal
    peoples are products of dominant institutions and
  • Common sense views operate as barriers to
    productive relations and change.

Revisiting Co-operation
  • Co-operation as theme and theory
  • Co-operation as a practice with a history
  • Co-operation as agent and object of decolonizing
  • Co-operative intellectual as change agent
  • Co-operation as decolonizing a colonial legacy
    that has taught us how to value difference, how
    to fragment, how to reproduce hierarchy

  • justificatory myth acting as the main weapon
    in the battles against the gains of the welfare
    state and neo-liberalisms very smart and very
    modern repackaging of the oldest ideas of the
    oldest capitalists while dismissing progressive
    thought and action as archaicBourdieu, 1998
  • Dangers of becoming another name for aggravated
    inequality--Paul Martin
  • Growing disparity in social health indicators
    between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations
    in Canada.

Neo-liberalism and neo-colonialism
  • Obliterating the public in the public good
  • new individualism Bill Turner, 2002
  • Corporate appropriations of discourses of
    cooperation and diversity
  • Recuperation of empire in mainstream
    historiographyCannadine, Ornamentalism, 2001
    Niall Ferguson, Empire, 2003 Linda Colley,
    Captives, 2002
  • First Nations Governance Act and government
    policy of wilful forgetting of foundational
    irrationalities of colonial dispossession

On Postmodern Impossibility
  • Our current ideologies . . . use expert argument
    to turn almost any form of injustice into an
    inevitability.J. R. Saul, 1994
  • The Cult of Impotence Selling the Myth of
    Powerlessness in the Global Economy.McQuaig,1998
  • The cult of transgression without risk leading
    to cynicism as one of the Fine Arts.Bourdieu,

  • expands contexts/histories
  • unpacks oppressive universals
  • commits to agency, accountability,
    social/political action
  • recenters marginalized knowledge
  • revalues postcolonial subject (not as object of
    expert or imperial gaze)

On Re-imagining Possibilities
  • Current era as a site of rupture of old
    discursive regimes and hence a site of
    possibilitiesMartin Nakata, 2000
  • Fences and virtual fences Have always been part
    of capitalism windows of dissent mean activists
    take down the first fenceson the streets and in
    their mindsKlein, 2002

Ovide Mercredi, May 2003
  • Respond to the challenge to make universities
    relevant to his community.
  • Reconsider what parliamentary democracy has meant
    for Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
  • Move from knowledge products and self-centred
    champions of knowledge to ways of knowing.
  • The world of interdependency is here to stay.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, May 2003
  • Value the difference that difference makes.
  • Remove the barriers to credibility and capacity.
  • Listen to the traumatized peoples and their
  • Disrupt the neat categories of justice.

Pierre Bourdieu, 1998
  • Collective, critical, and committed intellectuals
    winning back democracy from technocracy by
    unpacking economic and other necessities and
    hence neutralizing the effects of forbidding
  • a new and critical internationalism and an
    economics of happiness to counter cruder
    cost-benefit analyses.
  • Cooperatives as institutions capable of
    obstructing the logic of the pure market.

Hardt and Negri, 2000
  • Cooperation as a means of organizing political
    space against Empire in its currently globalizing
  • Militants resist imperial command in a creative
    way. In other words, resistance is linked
    immediately with a constitutive investment in a
    biopolitical realm and to the formation of
    cooperative apparatuses of production and

Indigenous Humanities
  • a strategic labelling of actively produced and
    respectfully disseminated knowledges
  • unapologetically hybrid, collaborative, and
  • catachresis, category mistake, or misnaming such
    as Gayatri Spivak welcomes as the limit of
    authority and the place of progressive change

Indigenous Humanities
  • unpacks the complicity of the traditional
    humanities in history of colonialism
  • rereads treaties, cultural, legal, and historical
  • revalues Aboriginal knowledge and heritage
  • makes inquiry more relational, sociable, modest

Indigenous Humanities
  • Resists the individualizing, personalizing, and
    feminizing of cultural sensitivity training
  • Refuses to reproduce colonial categories of
  • Retells the histories of colonialism and roles of
    law, religion, and education in producing and
    reproducing inequities
  • uses multiple strategies in multiple sites

David Newhouse, 2002
  • Deconstruct the view that everything modern -
    capitalism, markets, individuals as free and
    equal consumers - will always and everywhere
    bring progress while everything traditional
    brings backwardness.
  • Build on Aboriginal understandings of progress,
    society, the economy, and the relationship of the
    individual to the collective.

Wanda Wuttunee, 2002
  • We can all be economic warriors.
  • Think about the costs of relying on mainstream
    business only.
  • Think of the children when making economic
  • Understand our history, embrace all of our
    strengths, move to stronger relationships with
    our neighbours.
  • Give the gifts of hope, strength and love.

James (Sakej) Youngblood Henderson, 2002
  • Understand split-head society
  • Aboriginal soul and Eurocentric head
  • Restructure and rethink Canada and reinvent the
  • Rediscover and unleash economic potential of
    treaty economy
  • Build Aboriginal think tanks

Marie Battiste, 2002
  • We are all marinated in Eurocentrism
  • Education is foundation of transforming agenda
  • RCAP is a postcolonial agenda
  • The postcolonial is an act of hope
  • rethink boundaries and retell stories
  • Aboriginal regulatory frameworks and respectful
    dialogue are critical
  • Imagine, dream, create, celebrate together

From Many Peoples, Strength
  • To neglect the past is to postpone the future
    (Ndebele, 1994).
  • Disinterested expertise repeats colonialisms
    perverse logic that distorts, disfigures, and
    destroys the past of oppressed peoples (Fanon,

Power of Education/Communication
  • RCAP (1996) stressed the central role of
    communications in building community cohesiveness
    within Aboriginal nations and fostering
    relationships between cultures. . . .
    Communication is much more than a cultural glue .
    . . . We actually construct who we are ( Vol. 3

Transforming/Sharing Tools
  • Recovering Canada with John Borrows and his
    Declaration of Interdependence
  • Reframing the terms of intercultural relations
  • Renewing with Georges Erasmus relationship
    between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in
  • From aboriginal rights to relationship between
  • From crying needs to vigorous capacity
  • From individual citizenship to nations within the
    nation state

From Many Peoples, Strength
  • Rebuilding community means sharing the
    definitional power (Monture-Angus, 1995).
  • Rewriting discourses and curricula remakes
    meanings and relationships.
  • Re-imagining co-operative research futures takes
    critical engagement, commitment, and coalition.
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