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On Thursday, November 7, the Faculty of Education’s Distinguished Speaker Series was delighted to host Dr. Sechaba MG Mahlomaholo, a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of the Free State in South Africa.
Amongst an intimate group at Alphie’s Bistro, Dr. Mahlomaholo presented his lecture entitled, “Creating Sustainable Research Environments: Or why the Bricolage Works”.
To help his audience interpret the meaning of bricolage – the construction (as of a sculpture or a structure of ideas) achieved by using whatever comes to hand – Mahlomaholo showed the audience a photo of a quilt, with various colours and patterns.
Mahlomaholo told the audience to “look at the diverse colours on the quilt – this quilt is a metaphor of what bricolage is”.
As Mahlomaholo’s presentation continued he shared with the audience the research he has been conducting and the struggles that have crept up in his findings, especially when it comes to creating sustainable research environments.
One of his slides read, “Little success is derived in terms of increased throughput rates and functional knowledge produced in spit all the above, and this seems to demonstrate that: the demands of a postgraduate study currently, in a complex and constantly changing world require greater depth in terms of theoretical knowledge, methodological expertise, interpretative skills, political awareness and technologic savvy, to mention a few”.
Throughout his presentation Mahlomaholo argued for bricolage-based research methodologies, identifying key dates and periods throughout history as leverage for his argument, ultimately concluding by identifying the relationship between power and knowledge.
“The ability to trace the footprints of power in the research domain is a central dimension in the bricoleur’s efforts to understand complexity and knowledge production.”
For our next Distinguished Speaker Series event please see our website for upcoming information as it becomes available.