Working on advancing social justice can blur the lines between personal life and work. It seems that “engaged” scholars are always “on” via research, activism, policymaking, advocacy, facilitation, education, and communication. Most of the time, it entails working closely with and for the community to make meaningful changes.
Through a discussion, scholars from different horizons will try to untangle the blurry lines of “engaged” research to deepen the roles, privileges, boundaries, benefits, dilemmas and challenges of being an “engaged” scholar in the hope of doing more quality research, but also having a better research-life balance.
Geneviève Grégoire-Labrecque is a PhD candidate in the Individualized Program (INDI). Her research examines the ways youth participation is understood, practiced, and experienced by youth and school staff in a youth-led and an adult-led school initiative on environment and climate change in two high schools in Montreal.
Vivek Venkatesh, PhD is a prolific, internationally renowned researcher and research-creator focused on building community resilience and tolerance against hate through a resolutely public pedagogical approach. He is the UNESCO co-Chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (UNESCO-PREV), President of the UNESCO Chairs Network in Canada, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP) at Concordia University, where he is Full Professor of Inclusive Practices in Visual Arts in the Department of Art Education.
Jennifer Danquah is an educational scientist, research assistant & PhD Candidate who researches the interface between adult education and racism criticism. In lectures, workshops and seminars they pursue questions around the topic of racism. These can be questions as what is racism? How can we counter racism? But also questions concerning the connection between education and racism is a focus of their work. Their motto is to make science accessible and to stimulate joint learning.
Kathleen Manionis a scholar-practitioner who bridges the gap between practitioner experiential knowledge, academic theory, and policy objectives. She is passionate about social justice, humanitarian issues, interdisciplinary perspectives and applied research. She is principally focused on children and young people’s wellbeing. Manion has a broad range of policy and practice experience in social work, community development, and interdisciplinary work. She strives to make complex concepts understandable and bring voice to research participants. Manion has a commitment to student-focused experiences designed to spark curiosity and build lifelong learning. Her projects touch on international social work, youth advocacy, child rights, protection, and wellbeing, homelessness, environmental justice and family violence.