ICT4D Seminars - A Fourth Paradigm on the Horizon?

On May 17 2016, Dr. Ineke Buskens gave a talk titled 'A Fourh Paradigm on the Horizon?'. In attendance were researchers and postgraduate students from the University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape.

The talk abstract and Dr. Buskens' biography are below. In addition, a link to video footage of the talk is also provided.

Talk Abstract

Having been involved in emancipatory research in the field of Information Communication Technology for the last ten years as research director and mentor, I have become convinced that such research requires its own research (methodology) discourse. Beyond prediction and control, beyond understanding and empathizing, beyond participation and consensus, a fourth paradigm seems to be on the horizon. The keywords that come to mind are intentionality, co-creation, personal and social transformation, taking responsibility, critical complexity, dialogue and creative agency. In order for such research to become feasible in the fields of computer science, information systems and ICT4D, issues such as research education, funding and quality assessment need to be re-assessed and re-aligned with values other than those currently encapsulated in the structures forming and informing research.

Dr. Ineke Buskens' Biography

Ineke Buskens is based in Macao, SAR China, at the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS), where she holds the position of principal research fellow and focuses on developing a research programme on "Religious Gender Ideologies and ICT". Ineke hails from Limburg, in the Netherlands, obtained her Drs. degree in Cultural Anthropology from the Rijks Universiteit Leiden and has lived in South Africa from 1990 until 2015. Since 2005 she has been leading the Gender Research in Africa and the Middle East into ICT for Empowerment network (GRACE) and has been the main editor of its two books.

On 7 October 2014, the GRACE Network was presented with the sixth Artful Integrators' Award for outstanding achievement in the area of participatory design of information and communications technologies, having worked out, in an exceptionally creative way, a new integration of technologies and practices: "The Gender Research in Africa and the Middle East into ICT's for Empowerment (GRACE) Network has demonstrated its commitment to research-based intervention approaching gender-based injustice with the aim of prevention, attempting to engage root causes rather than only remediation".

Characterised as 'the most comprehensive analysis available on the link between ICT and women's empowerment' by WorldCat, the second GRACE book "Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East: Changing Selves, Changing Societies” is out and can be ordered through Zed Books' website, other usual online booksellers or by emailing sales@zedbooks.net.  A PDF version can be downloaded for free from the IDRC digital library [1].

Video Footage


[1] http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Resources/Publications/Pages/NonIDRCBookDetails.as...