[My research contributes to] a better understanding of how decolonial approaches in International Relations present solutions for the challenges of the past, the present and the future.
How do you push back pushbacks? Miriam Mona Mukalazi's research is all about finding answers to this question. She looks at legitimation practice by regional organisations regarding the Women, Peace and Security agenda.
More specifically, Miriam's focus lies on the African Union's and the European Union's Gender, Peace and Security policies. She wants to find out how both organisations justify their approach to govern according policies. The objective of this research is to dive deeper into how bother organisations embrace and disrupt colonial continuties in their Gender, Peace and Security policies.
How do organisations embrace and disrupt colonial continuties?
Miriam Mona Mukalazi wishes to explain to what degree colonial continuties are embedded in the WPS agenda (Women, Peace and Security), and how regional organisations institutionalise these gendered colonial continuties. She's says: "Personally, I'm interested in the cultural component of constructing gender because of my German-Ugandan background but also because of my professional background working in international institutions on gender policies."
Pursuing feminist research through decolonizing research practices
To gain a better understanding of how decolonial approaches in International Relations is of utmost importance, as this could indicate directions for a better practice moving forward. Miriam Mona Mukalazi thus hopes to be able to "present solutions for the challenges of the past, the present and the future" through her research.
In pursuing feminist research ethics, her approach takes into consideration knowledge which is often seen as not "legitimate knowledge", e.g. knowledge produced by non-traditional actors in a non-traditional academic way. Taking seriously this kind of knowledge is the fundament of her work.
We would like to thank Miriam for contributing to IN-VISIBLE Academia and wish her all the best for her research.
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