The Rhine in Bonn. Photo by Enid Still
“How do we know the world?” It is a difficult and multi-layered question. Yet it enticed us, two colleagues, women from the global north and south respectively, to collaborate and reflect upon our journeys as researchers, activists and now as fellow PhD students. Reflection upon our experiences, Enid as a researcher in India and Mai as an activist in Indonesia, brought together very particular understandings of the intimate power relations between the participant and researcher
  In her latest book, Posthuman Knowledge (2019), Professor Rosi Braidotti encourages us to see today’s all-too-common exhausted condition no longer as (only) a pathological state that needs to be cured. Instead she proposes that we ‘see the intensity of the discomfort [of exhaustion] as a motor of change, expressing also the capacity to open up to non/in-human and other-than-human forces.’ For example, having too little energy to hold on firmly to the ‘I’ – to
A woman working in a floricultural business close to Pune, packing gerberas that will be sold at the market the next day. Photo by Irene Leonardelli
At the moment I am doing my secondment at SOPPECOM, an NGO based in Pune (India). SOPPECOM is committed to support the most disadvantaged and marginalized sections of the population – especially women, dalits, landless in the rural area of Maharashtra- promoting practices of sustainable use of land and water resources, collaborating with grassroots groups and conducting research and advocacy work. I am learning a lot from their work and their experiences, especially from their action research programmes. At the same time, they are helping me developing my PhD research