Decolonizing Wikidata: why does knowledge justice matter for structured data
2021-10-29, 12:30–12:55 (UTC), Livestream room

During this keynote, long-time Wikimedians Anasuya Sengupta and Adele Godoy Vrana will share frames and practices from Whose Knowledge? on knowledge justice and digital decolonizing. As they acknowledge and celebrate what Wikidata has achieved so far, they will call us in for a thought provoking conversation in the spirit of tough love, inviting us all to reflect on how the Wikidata community needs to practice knowledge justice, beyond knowledge representation.


What will the participants take away from this session?

During this keynote, long-time Wikimedians Anasuya Sengupta and Adele Godoy Vrana will share frames and practices from Whose Knowledge? on knowledge justice and digital decolonizing. As they acknowledge and celebrate what Wikidata has achieved so far, they will call us in for a thought provoking conversation in the spirit of tough love, inviting us all to reflect on how the Wikidata community needs to practice knowledge justice, beyond knowledge representation.

Language

English

Recording

Yes

Link to notes

https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/WikidataCon2021-DecolonizingWikidata

Anasuya Sengupta is an Indian feminist activist, scholar, and co-founder of Whose Knowledge?, who lives and works across multiple continents and online as a Wikipedian. She joined the Wikimedia Foundation in 2012, became Chief Grantmaking Officer, and then began in earnest to edit and amplify marginalised knowledges on Wikipedia as a volunteer. She has led and supported social justice initiatives in India and the United States, particularly against caste- and sexuality- based discriminations, religious fundamentalisms, and gender-based violence. She acknowledges the multiple positions of power and disempowerment she holds, especially as an “upper caste” savarna brown woman from the Global South.

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