Voices of the City: accessibility, reciprocity, and self-representation in place-based community research (Fall 2019)
Tarry Hum (Queens College and The Graduate Center, Environmental Psychology)
Prithi Kanakamedala (Bronx Community College, History)
Course Number: IDS 81620
Scholars active in place-based or participatory action research are committed to documenting community narratives and neighborhoods. It is central to our work, rooted in social justice, that these communities are not just represented, but that they have equitable stake in the project. Yet practitioners across the city struggle with core issues of accessibility, reciprocity, self-representation, and equity within the communities they work with. Who do place-based researchers represent, and does our work empower communities to tell their own stories? What histories do we contest and perpetuate with this work? And, who gets to participate? This inter-disciplinary course combines best or effective practices in Public History, Oral History, and Urban Planning to consider a number of projects in New York City that seek to document communities and narratives about the city that are not traditionally represented.