Wednesday, November 12, 2008

STS Conference, Wellington, Dec 1-2, 2009

For those observers out there, no I haven't done anything for a long time...apologise to Kumara Rob who sent a message: your email address bounced by response (I've sent a mihi through the MAI forum site).

Upcoming is the inaugural Science, Technology and Science Conference, Wellington, December 1st and 2nd. In attendance will be Profs. Richard Hindmarsh and Frank Fischer.

I've sent in a paper, the abstract of which is below...

Abstract: The return of indigenous land to a productive role in the so-called Knowledge Economy entails the innovation and diffusion of technologies relevant to the sustainable development of this land and the broader socio-ecological resilience of indigenous communities. Such innovation is emerging in tandem with concerns for cultural diversity as political-economic strategies in the Knowledge Economy converge within a global economic space. Indigenous development is often framed in terms of participation, whereby indigenous communities are enticed, assisted or just forced to participate in various ascriptions of modernity. The research tools available in examining this phenomenon have struggled to adequately unpack the degree of participation, its particular form, and the subsequent effects upon development, however that development is defined.

This paper demonstrates Fuzzy-set/Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) in articulating the causal conditions of sustainable development for Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand and shows how Actor-Network Theory (ANT) can contribute to understanding the various participations involved in such development. fsQCA is an approach that enables the rigorous investigation of small-N studies (common to collaborative approaches used by researchers when working ethically with marginalised groups) and identifies necessary and sufficient conditions towards goals supported by indigenous collectives. ANT was effective in extending the analysis and provided greater insight into the set-theoretic approach of fsQCA.

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