Decolonizing Science?

Production has begun on the NSF funded film Decolonizing Science?, a feature-length documentary that will explore the creation and legacy of western science as it requires/d the critical erasure of other scientific methodologies, particularly of Indigenous, African/Black/Africanx (of the diaspora), and Hispanic, Latino/a/x peoples. The film will have a multi-pronged examination, which begins with the origins of western science as a product of colonization; an exploration of the ways in which western science is systematically centered, and how non-western traditional science, such as Traditional (Indigenous) Ecological Knowledge (TEK), African Indigenous methodologies and Latinx ways of questioning, naming, knowing, and conveying knowledge, have been delegitimized in predominantly white scientific spaces. The film addresses specific colonial legacies stemming from formal and informal scientific knowledge sites, such as museums and universities. The film concludes with a discussion on what it means to do de-colonial work, what it looks like, and what the ethical practices are as they are related to specific communities of color.

Production Team

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Pictured left to right: Alex DeCiccio, Amelia Moore, PhD, Kendall Moore, PhD Photo Credit: Beau Jones

Kendall Moore, Director

Amelia Moore, Associate Producer

Martha Associate Producer 

Adrian Cato, Research Associate

Ian Reyes, PhD, Music

Gabrielle Patterson, Motion Graphics
 

Advisors

Wendy Smythe, PhD, Advisor

Vernon Morris, PhD, Advisor

Lisa White, PhD, Advisor

Melissa Villa Nicholas, PhD, Advisor

Sunshine Menezes, PhD, Advisor

Aradhna Tripati, PhD, Advisor

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Pre-Contact Map of Indigenous First Nations tribes

Graphic Designer: Gabrielle Patterson 

Pictured Above: Alex DeCiccio (Camera), Dean Paula Bontempi, PhD,Graduate School for Oceanography, Lorén Spears, Executive Director, Tomaquag Museum, Kendall Moore, PhD, Director. Photo Credit: Amelia Moore, PhD

Production Crews
and Interviewees (so far)

Rhode Island

Crew: 

Alex DeCiccio

Kendall Moore

Interviewees:

Anthony Bogues, PhD, Brown

Amelia Moore , PhD, URI

Lorén Spears, Tomaquag Museum 

James Haile III, PhD, URI

Marcus Nevius, PhD, URI

Marty Rojas, PhD, URI

Dawn Cardace, PhD, URI

Paula Bontempi , PhD, Dean, URI/GSO

Evan Wilson, PhD, Naval War College)

Kersey Sturdivant, PhD, Inspire Environmental Group

Nyla Husain, PhD, URI/GSO

Alycia Mosley-Austin, PhD, Brown

Steve Lubar, PhD, Brown

 

Philadelphia

Crew: 

FivefiveCollective

Interviewees: 

Deborah Thomas, PhD, UPENN

Paul Wolff Mitchell, UPENN

Gabriela Alvarado, UPENN

Michelle Strongfields, IAMM Science Education Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Philadelphia Shoot

Photo Credit: Amelia Moore

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Pictured: Stacy Drake, Phd, Field Museum. Jenny Shi, Camera. Chicago. Photo Credit: Kate Golembiewski

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Pictured: Stephanie Fogel, Kai Tillman, Eli

Photo Credit: Molly Alloy

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Picture: Kai Tillman, Eli

Photo Credit: Molly Alloy

Baltimore

Crew: 

Kendall Moore

Interviewees

Gigi Moore, CNM, NP

Lauren Arrington, PhD, CNM

 

Los Angeles, California 

Crew: 

Luis Robledo

Interviewees: 

Aradhna Tripati, PhD, UCLA

Justin Dunnavant , PhD, UCLA

 

Chicago, Illinois

Crew: 

Jenny Shi

Interviewees:

Miranda Roberts, PhD, The Field Museum

Alaka Wali, PhD, The Field Museum

Debra Yepa-Pappan, The Field Museum

Helen Robbins, PhD The Field Museum

Stacy Drake, PhD, Field Museum

Eli Suzukovich, PhD, Field Museum

Portland, Oregon

Crew: 

Kai Tillman

Ambar Espinoza

Interviewees:

Stephanie Fogel,

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

Molly Alloy, Five Oaks Museum

Nathanael Andreini , Five Oaks Museum

David G. Lewis, PhD, Oregon State Univ.

 

Austin, Texas 

Crew: 

Illyana Bocanegra

Interviewees: 

Tristan Ahtone, The Grist

 

Alaska

Crew: 

Michael Ryan Clark

Michael Chilton 

Phillip Gladcov

Interviewees:

Lisa White, PhD Berkeley, Museum of Paleontology 

Wendy Smythe, PhD, Haida Nation/UMD

Kiiljuus, Haida Nation

Sarah Peele, Haida Nation