Self-Reflexive Questions for Researchers Working on and For Reparations

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1. What are your own motives for doing research on reparations?
2. Do you have a political affinity with the cause of reparations?
3. What is your own track record of working on or for reparations?
4. How do you as an academic, activist-researcher or a scholar-activist go about your research on reparations, what are the research methods you are utilising?
5. How do you determine the priorities/aims/goals for your work/research on reparations?
6. How are African heritage community perspectives included in your research? Do you have a participatory research design process?
7. What is the relevance of your work/research on reparations to African heritage communities?
8. What is the relevance of your research on reparations to the International Social Movement for African Reparations (ISMAR)?
9. What is your own knowledge about the history, purpose and goals of the ISMAR?
10. How do you know what you know about the ISMAR, whose knowledge/s and voices have informed your own?
11. How does your research encompass ISMAR goals, needs and priorities?
12. How does your research address the concerns of reparations movement activists?
13. What networks are you building with community organisations championing reparations causes or issues?
14. How is the knowledge that you are developing being constructed, disseminated and mobilised as a tool for effective reparations social action/community organising?
15. How is your work/research being used to support and inform reparations goals and outcomes/social change through popular organising?
16. Who owns your research on reparations and how?
17. Who/which organisational networks in the ISMAR are involved in vetting, monitoring and evaluating your research?
18. How are developments in your research being communicated? Is this being done in a way that is relevant or useful to the networks within the ISMAR?
19. How is your work/research being utilised or how can it be utilised by proponents of the ISMAR?
20. How do you know your research is making/will make a difference?
21. Are there researchers/ research projects at your place of work or operation that looks at the learning which takes place in ‘social movements’?
22. In your research methodology, do you assess the learning that is a result of participating in “social movement”?
23. In the research design is there a section that evaluates the learning of the participants in the social movement?

Prepared by Esther Stanford-Xosei for the ARTCoP (Afrikan Reparations Transnational Community of Practice. ARTCoP enhances grassroots community academic spaces for reparations scholar-activism.

A Community of Practice is commonly understood to be a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.




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