Cape Town connects with Aarhus, Lusaka, and London to rethink and reframe ICTD research

 

Cape Town connects with Aarhus, Lusaka, and London to rethink and reframe ICTD research

ICT4D Centre Director Edwin Blake and his collaborators Ineke Buskens and Andy Dearden organized the Researching for Change in a Globalising Asymmetric World Workshop as part of the Critical Alternatives Conference in Aarhus on August 18th, 2015.

The Aarhus conferences have traditionally been instrumental for setting new agendas for critically engaged thinking about information technology. The fifth decennial Aarhus conference, Critical Alternatives, aimed to set new agendas for theory and practice in computing for quality of human life.

Researching for Change in a Globalising Asymmetric World Workshop particularly focused on bringing together researchers and practitioners that combine ICT and development for social change. They were encouraged to rethink alternatives for future research that would foster inclusive and emancipatory and sustainable practices of technology. 

Thomas Reitmaier (UCT) and Tigist Shewarega (UWC) organized the satellite workshop held at UWC where staff and students connected with main and satellite workshop participants in Aarhus, Lusaka, and London to discuss and articulate critical reframing of future ICTD research agendas. Participants from Cape Town argued for stronger emphasis in sustainable and collaborative research engagements with communities and suggested ways in which the wider, international ICTD research community can benefit from Africa's research heritage in ICT4D.