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Studying the Other or becoming the Other: engaging with indigenous peoples in IS research

Studying the Other or becoming the Other: engaging with indigenous peoples in IS research
Studying the Other or becoming the Other: engaging with indigenous peoples in IS research
In this paper, we report on a panel discussion at the 2019 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) held in Munich, Germany. This panel discussed the ethics and politics of engagement with Indigenous peoples in information systems (IS) research. As members of a research team that have studied how Indigenous peoples use social media to collaborate and further their cause, we have recently learnt about some unintended consequences that IS research has. Since others could easily appropriate our findings for political purposes, we believe that we as IS researchers need to become more sensitive to the ways in which we study and engage with “the Other”. Hence, the panelists discussed and debated the nature and extent of a researcher’s engagement when studying Indigenous peoples and how they use information systems/information technology. The panel, which Michael Myers chaired, included three panelists who have studied how Indigenous people use media (Liz Davidson, Amber Young, and Hameed Chughtai) and one panelist who has studied Indigenous theories in IS (Pitso Tsibolane).
Ethics, Indigenous Peoples, engagement, politics, social inclusion
1529-3181
382–396
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Myers, Michael David, Chughtai, Hameed, Davidson, Elizabeth, Tsibolane, Pitso and Young, Amber Grace (2020) Studying the Other or becoming the Other: engaging with indigenous peoples in IS research. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 47 (1), 382–396, [18]. (doi:10.17705/1CAIS.04718).

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In this paper, we report on a panel discussion at the 2019 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) held in Munich, Germany. This panel discussed the ethics and politics of engagement with Indigenous peoples in information systems (IS) research. As members of a research team that have studied how Indigenous peoples use social media to collaborate and further their cause, we have recently learnt about some unintended consequences that IS research has. Since others could easily appropriate our findings for political purposes, we believe that we as IS researchers need to become more sensitive to the ways in which we study and engage with “the Other”. Hence, the panelists discussed and debated the nature and extent of a researcher’s engagement when studying Indigenous peoples and how they use information systems/information technology. The panel, which Michael Myers chaired, included three panelists who have studied how Indigenous people use media (Liz Davidson, Amber Young, and Hameed Chughtai) and one panelist who has studied Indigenous theories in IS (Pitso Tsibolane).

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 April 2020
Published date: 9 November 2020
Keywords: Ethics, Indigenous Peoples, engagement, politics, social inclusion

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Local EPrints ID: 439686
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/439686
ISSN: 1529-3181
PURE UUID: 371e44fa-95b4-4566-8b1c-f22cb830a121
ORCID for Hameed Chughtai: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6272-2250

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Author: Michael David Myers
Author: Hameed Chughtai ORCID iD
Author: Elizabeth Davidson
Author: Pitso Tsibolane
Author: Amber Grace Young

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