As a researcher in the United States, I became a diasporic colonize(d)(r) scholar—a colonized colonizer subject. In order to understand my camino and self-decolonize, I undertake an autoethnographic process to scrutinize my identity within the history of oppression, connivance, and resistance of Canary Islanders. I unpack my gaze as a colonized subject from the Canary Islands who, like her ancestors, participates in colonizing land and people elsewhere. This essay offers an embodied reflection that enriches decolonizing studies and contributes to decolonizing academia.
My Self-Decolonizing Story as a Colonize(d)(r) Canarian Scholar/Worm
Carmen G. Hernández-Ojeda is an Independent Scholar whose research interests encompass performance studies, decolonizing methodologies, and critical cultural studies. Dr. Hernández-Ojeda uses performance autoethnography to decolonize academia and to critically examine her experiences of oppression and resistance as an in-betweener: as a queer, cisgender, woman of color, diasporic scholar, and colonized/colonizer subject. Her current projects focus on decolonizing the Canary Islands, her homeland, from a feminist and intersectional perspective. She is one of the co-founders of Canarias Autoetnográfica, a cultural group that promotes autoethnography as a (self)decolonizing tool in the Canary Islands. She has published co-authored essays in the International Review of Qualitative Research, Tabula Rasa, and her solo work in the anthologies Cultura, Homosexualidad y Homofobia (2007), and Feminismos Lesbianos y Queer (2019). She and her co-authors were awarded the 2020 Ellis-Bochner Autoethnography and Personal Narrative Research Award by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, affiliate of the National Communication Association. Correspondence to: Carmen G. Hernández-Ojeda, Research Group SEJ-430 OTRAS-Feminist Perspectives in Social Research, Universidad de Granada, c/ Rector López Argüeta s/n, 18071, Granada, Spain. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Carmen G. Hernández-Ojeda; My Self-Decolonizing Story as a Colonize(d)(r) Canarian Scholar/Worm. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2021; 10 (4): 30–53. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.4.30
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