Decolonising in, by and through participatory design with political activists in Palestine

Rachel E Clarke*, Reem Refaat Talhouk, Ahmed Beshtawi, Kefah Barham, Owen Boyle, Mark Griffiths, Matt Baillie Smith

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We contribute a conceptual framework for decolonising PD praxis with the aim of surfacing unsettling agendas. Our framework was developed in response to collaborating with young Bedouin activists in Palestine, where there is a need not only to delink approaches from potential damaging epistemological and ontological ways of knowing and being, but to recognise differently constituted positionalities, the geopolitical specificities of place and the role of INGOs alongside the cultural contexts of ongoing violence. We define our orientations as decolonising in, by and through PD praxis when working on issues of land-based conflict. We argue these multiplicitous orientations allow for negotiations between political struggle and indigenous connection to the land, how INGOs embody conflicting justice agendas and how equity enriches yet complicates community sustainment. In contexts of ongoing indigenous land-based conflict, we detail the framework as an approach for unsettling PD praxis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPDC 2022 Vol. 1: Participatory Design Conference 2022: Volume 1
EditorsVasilis Vlachokyriakos, Joyce Yee, Erik Grönvall, Raquel Noronha, Andrea Botero, Chiara Del Gaudio, Yoko Akama, Rachel Clarke, John Vines
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, United States
ISBN (Print)9781450393881
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2022
EventPDC 2022: Participatory Design Conference 2022 - Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Aug 20221 Sept 2022


ConferencePDC 2022: Participatory Design Conference 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityNewcastle Upon Tyne


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