In an effort to challenge the ways in which colonial power relations and Eurocentric knowledges are reproduced in participatory research, this book explores whether and how it is possible to use arts-based methods for creating more horizontal and democratic research practices.

In discussing both the transformative potential and limitations of arts-based methods, the book asks: What can arts-based methods contribute to decolonising participatory research and its processes and practices? The book takes part in ongoing debates related to the need to decolonise research, and investigates practical contributions of arts-based methods in the practice-led research domain. Further, it discusses the role of artistic research in depth, locating it in a decolonising context.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, design, fine arts, service design, social sciences and development studies.

chapter 1|18 pages


Arts-Based Methods for Decolonising Participatory Research
ByTiina Seppälä, Melanie Sarantou, Satu Miettinen
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section Section I|80 pages

Co-Creation, Collaboration, Movement

chapter 2|22 pages

Co-Creation Through Quilting

Connected Entanglements and Disruptions With Care
ByVishnu Vardhani Rajan, Shyam Gadhavi, Marjaana Jauhola
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chapter 3|16 pages

In Touch With the Mindful Body

Moving With Women and Girls at the Za’atari Refugee Camp
BySusanna Hast
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chapter 4|22 pages

Towards Just Dance Research

An uMunthu Participatory and Performative Inquiry Into Malawian–Norwegian Entanglements
BySunniva Hovde, Asante Smzy Maulidi, Tone Pernille Østern
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chapter 5|18 pages

Participatory Photography With Women’s Rights Activists in Nepal

Towards a Practice of Decolonial Feminist Solidarity?
ByTiina Seppälä
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section Section II|83 pages

Participatory Service Design

chapter 6|22 pages

Archipelagos of Designing Through Ko-Ontological Encounters

ByYoko Akama
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chapter 7|23 pages

Building a Community Through Service Design and Responsiveness to Emotions

ByMariluz Soto Hormazábal, Katherine Mollenhauer, Satu Miettinen, Melanie Sarantou
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chapter 8|18 pages

Developing the Relational Dimension of Participatory Design Through Creativity-Based Methods

ByCaoimhe Isha Beaulé, Solen Roth, Anne Marchand, Karine Awashish
Size: 0.55 MB

chapter 9|18 pages

Navigating Uncertainty

Developing the Facilitator’s Role Through Participatory Service Design Workshops
ByMaija Rautiainen, Michelle Van Wyk, Satu Miettinen
Size: 0.19 MB

section Section III|76 pages

Artistic Research and Practice

chapter 10|13 pages

Decoloniality of Knowing and Being

Artistic Research Through Collaborative Craft Practice
ByNithikul Nimkulrat
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chapter 11|19 pages

The Flying Ants and the Beauty of Ice

ByHeidi Pietarinen, Eija Timonen
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chapter 12|24 pages

Paint That Place With Light!

Light Painting as a Means of Creating Attachment to Historical Locations—An Arts-Based Action Research Project
ByNina Luostarinen, Kirsi MacKenzie
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chapter 13|18 pages

John Savio’s Art as a Part of Early Sámi Decolonisation in the 1920s and 1930s

ByTuija Hautala-Hirvioja
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