The fourth Transformative Knowledge Workshop took place from 26–30 November 2017, co-hosted by the Centro de Investigaciones para la Transformación (CENIT) and the National University of San Martín in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Taking place just over halfway into the three-year lifespan of the Transformative Knowledge Networks (TKNs), the workshop focused on methods in transdisciplinary research. Revisiting the concept of the ‘theory of change’ introduced at the 2016 workshop in New Delhi, 16 members of the three projects, together with programme staff, reflected critically and comparatively on their methodologies and methods in relation to the projects’ underlying theoretical frameworks, theory of change and case study objectives.
Each of the programme’s annual workshops takes place in a location that has undergone or is undergoing deep social change. Argentina’s ongoing pursuit of remembrance, truth and justice in the wake of the civic-military dictatorship of the late 1970s and early 1980s was the focus of a visit to the ‘Remembrance and Human Rights Centre’ in Buenos Aires. The visit, mediated by historian Victoria Basualdo (CONICET, FLACSO), raised issues relevant to the T2S programme such as: how to deal with the past when the past is ever-present; the need for certainty and uncertainty in social justice and social transformation processes; the global geopolitical and structural economic factors that underlie local manifestations of social and environmental injustice; and the role of researchers in processes of transformation.
Finally, the workshop was a moment to deepen connections between the TKN projects and partners and to integrate knowledge across cases, countries and projects, particularly on methods for transdisciplinary research for transformation. Prospective outputs of the workshop that will be shared on this website in the short-term include blogs and methods notes.