The Road to Postcolonial Epistemic Method: A Role for Research in Africa
The need for interdisciplinary approach for research on environmental education through ecotourism remains a terra nullius in the concept’s twenty-year journey. This can be partly blamed for the reason why ecotourism so far has not delivered as expected despite the media hype and huge economies of researches. This presentation argues that interdisciplinary approach to research on ecotourism has the potential to creating proactive knowledges that could find tune with the material and discursive realities of the researched groups and their destinations. This presentation argues that poetry is finding its usefulness beyond the boundaries of the humanities into the social sciences and has a way of bringing the voices of the subalterns in knowledge creation and dissemination on environmental education that thick descriptions may fall short. The presentation takes examples from ecotourism research at Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary in Ghana, and develops both research and interpretative poems to argue that poetry can speak with the voices of subalterns on their environments, which ineluctably contributes towards synergistic transformations needed for sustainability.
Keywords: Ecotourism, Poetry, Postcolonialism and Environmental Education
PhD Researcher, University of Leicester