10/17/2023 - Maryam Kia-Keating, Ph.D. | Resilience Framing & Participatory Approaches In Research With Immigrant & Refugee Communities
The ever-increasing millions of forcibly displaced persons around the globe is a call to action, to work towards stability, connection, and belonging in a world contending with collective uncertainty, unpredictability, and trauma. Dr. Kia-Keating challenges the notion that it is sufficient for trauma researchers to remain objective, static witnesses, reporting on suffering from a distant stance. In contrast, Kia-Keating describes a wave of activist scholarship, demanding that community priorities, cultural knowledge, and equity are upheld, and researchers themselves engage in cultural humility and ongoing critical self-reflection. Resting on the foundations of bioecological theory and drawing from the roots of critical consciousness, Kia-Keating offers guideposts for resilience framing and participatory methods in research approaches with immigrant and refugee communities.