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  • 1. Created on 30 May 2012This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Detailsas below. Invitation The HSRC Seminar Series Research ethics and community engagement By Professor Harold Annegarn, SeTAR Centre, University of JohannesburgVenues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: seebelow)Date: 12 June 2012Time: 12:15 for 12:30 to 13:30The word “community” carries a particular connotation in South African politicaldiscourse. Professor Harold Annegarn would like to use the term in a broader, plainEnglish context, to denote a group of individuals linked by a common bond of kith andkin, cultural, economic or professional shared interest. The shared bond differentiatesthe members and group from others, the outsiders. Although intangible in nature,communities possess many attributes shared with individuals – personality, whims,traditions, sensitivities, memory, ambitions – that need to be recognised by anyoutsiders wishing to engage with a community. As with direct human interactions, therules of engagement fall within the knowledge field of ethics. How ought individuals toengage with communities? How ought communities to engage with each other? Withinthe domain of academic research, there are scaled hierarchies of communities, fromsmall villages in rural Africa (who find themselves as the hapless subjects of prurientacademic curiosity), to the great scientific societies of the western world. In this seminarProfessor Harold Annegarn will argue that scientific engagement with communities canseldom reach the rarified perfection of idealized scientific objectivity and neutrality. Hewill explore some of the ethical practices and dilemmas that have evolved in thepractice of nominally value-free physical and chemical studies of the Earth and naturalsystems, making reference to the power dynamics between research and researchedcommunities, and between players in different ranks within research communityhierarchies. From this evolve a series of ethical guidelines for engaging communities.Kindly RSVP by 10 June 2012
  • 2. Created on 30 May 2012Cape Town: HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), PleinStreet, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences ResearchCouncil, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811,