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Submission no. 2005 Subject - C3
Title of the submission

Centering Knowledge from the Margins: A Whose Knowledge? discussion with Dalit, Kumeyaay and LGBTQI communities

Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)

Panel with roundtable discussion

Author of the submission

Whose Knowledge? (Siko Bouterse and Anasuya Sengupta)

Language of presentation


E-mail address

anasuya@whoseknowledge.org and siko@whoseknowledge.org


Seeeko and Anasuya_s

Country of origin

United States/India

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Whose Knowledge?

Personal homepage or blog


Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Whose Knowledge? Is a multi-language, global campaign aims to correct the skewed representations of knowledge on Wikimedia projects as well as the wider internet. We partner with individuals, communities, movements, user groups and other organisations to create, collect and curate knowledge with and from marginalised communities across the world. We focus particularly on women, people of colour, LGBTQI communities, indigenous peoples and others from the global South. Our approach centers on bringing together the expertise of marginalized communities who produce their own knowledge, with the support and expertise of ally Wikimedians.

Over the past year, we’ve partnered on pilots with

  1. Dalit community in South Asia (mainly India) and the diaspora in the United States, led by Equality Labs - a Dalit women, trans- led organisation.
  2. A queer archive with women’s human rights defenders from Bosnia-Herzegovina, led by Okvir.
  3. Kumeyaay peoples of southern California and Baja, on Native American history and knowledge, led by Kumeyaay scholars in San Diego.

This session will bring together community organizers, knowledge scholars, and ally Wikimedians to discuss what we’ve learned from these pilots, what’s working well, what didn’t work, and where we go next. The panel will move into roundtable discussion with the audience for the second half of this session. Bring your own questions and approaches!

Panelists include:

  • Azra Causevic
  • Thenmozhi Soundararajan
  • Stan Rodriguez
  • Michael Connolly Miskwish
What will attendees take away from this session?

Attendees will learn new methods and practices for centering knowledge production from and of marginalized communities, in ways that can help us all expand the sum of all human knowledge. In particular, Wikimedians will grapple together with the gains and challenges of being allies to these communities in creating and curating Wikimedia content.

Theme of presentation
  • WikiCulture & Community
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?

All levels :)

Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)

1 hour (½ panel, ½ discussion)

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?


Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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