I am halfway through my MSc in Practising Sustainable Development (ICT4D specialism) and while as part-time student I still have quite a bit of time before I have to start my dissertation; it is hard not to start the thinking process. For a long time now I have been interested in Critical Race Theory (CRT) and one of the things I am keen to research is how CRT can be used as a theoretical approach to Development studies and practice, particularly ICT4D. I am also interested in the construction of race in the digital age and how technology is challenging and reshaping views on racial identity.
One of my biggest hurdles at the moment is how little research there is on race and development, particularly outside the conventional binaries of racial haves and have-nots. So I decided to start a stand-alone blog; Race and ICT4D, which at this stage is simple link dumping site, where I post links that cover race, technology and development. I have for the moment, steered clear of any analysis and commentary though I imagine, that as I develop my own ideas, I will start to write more critically. It is quite a struggle because so often I read something – and I immediately want to comment – but that is what my personal blog is for.
The other thing I am struggling with is how to link to restricted access academic papers. As a student I have full access to these journals but I am well aware that is not the case for everyone else. I find it a bit limiting to reference an article in a blog post knowing that some readers may not be able to access the article.
It is still very much an evolving project and I am sure as I progress I will find solutions to some of the above (and hopefully many other) issues. What I really hope is that by providing a public space I can, firstly keep track of my sources but most importantly I can begin to engage with others on similar topics.
Please feel free to send me any links, book titles, articles etc. that you think may be of interest.