Decolonizing and mixing research approaches and methods

This seminar will provide participants with epistemological and methodological insights on the “third paradigm” and the “decolonization movement” in the Social Sciences. Interest in mixing and decolonizing methodologies in contemporary social research has arisen both from context and practice, and from theoretical and epistemological concerns. During this seminar, we will first explore alternative classifications of the main methodologies currently used in social sciences to overcome the classical dichotomy qualitative-quantitative. Then, we will think about how mixed methodologies can be used to ‘decolonize’ social/development research to better study multicultural and (g)local societies. The class will combine lectures and collective discussions, and participants are expected to read selected texts –that will be provided before the seminar– to feed the discussion.

The seminar is open to both pre- and post-doctoral scholars in the Social Sciences that are interested in mixed/multi and ‘decolonized’ methodologies.


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Date & Location

Monday 18 June 2018
9.00 am until 1.00 pm

University of Antwerp
Room S.004
Lange Sint-Annastraat 7
2000 Antwerp


9:00 – 9:30

Welcome coffee and round table

9:30 – 11:15

Mixed approach and methodology in the social sciences: a ‘third paradigm’? Overcoming the classical quanti-quali divide toward a methodological pluralism

Lecturer: Giampietro Gobo

11:15 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00

Decolonizing research practices: epistemological and methodological considerations

Lecturer: Giampietro Gobo