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    Nothing About Us Without Us – Nigerian and Irish WomenWorking Together


    Akinborewa, Veronica and Fitzsimons, Camilla and Obasi, Philomena (2020) Nothing About Us Without Us – Nigerian and Irish WomenWorking Together. In: I am a man of peace: writings inspired by the Maynooth University Ken Saro-Wiwa Collection. Daraja Press, Montreal, pp. 128-135. ISBN 978-1-988832-70-8

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    Abstract

    This chapter is probably quite different to what comes before and after it. It is a conversation between three adult educators; Veronica who is a Nigerian woman of colour, Camilla who is a white Irish woman and Philomena who is a woman of colour, also from Nigeria. We have known each other for around 5 years, firstly through a student-lecturer relationship and more recently through work we have undertaken that involves the design and delivery of workshops on ‘culture’, ‘interculturalism’ and ‘racism’. Our approach contrasts with how many of you might more typically read ‘about’ these topics. We lean on an autoethnographic approach where our writing seeks to describe our experiences and draw out analyses from these. This method is thus both a process and a product (Ellis, 2011). Our first-hand account explores relationships that exist amidst the intersections of race, gender and institutional positions. Our capacity to overcome these barriers and successfully work together is determined by the quality of our relationship. Nothing is taboo and we have often discussed the joys and challenges of working together.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: diversity; racism; white privilege; dialogue; reflexivity; I am a man of peace;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 13833
    Depositing User: Helen Fallon
    Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2021 10:45
    Publisher: Daraja Press
    Refereed: Yes
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