Groundtruthing Findings


magnified sand
Super magnified Sand
world in grain of sand poem
William Blake

Developing an ability to ‘see patterns in specificities’

(A C Fick, 2017)






The Transdisciplinary Project for Social Justice is an ongoing research project that seeks to include a transdisciplinary spectrum of people as an extended network of peers.

This is done through a process of groundtruthing research findings, and calibrating frameworks based on these findings. A transdisciplinary spectrum of people who serve as an extended network of peers, are invited to critique, adapt, adopt or discard frameworks that depict and describe research findings.

Additional information generated by the groundtruthing process helps to calibrate the research findings. This process will be recorded as a way to decolonise research by co-producing additional knowledge with workshop participants.


  • The intersection between trans-historical and trans-national cultural, structural, psychological and physical(ised) violence is denied at the macro level.
  • This denial is replicated at the micro level.
  • This produces interlinked gaps that are contextual, conceptual, training and practice related.
  • Educational institutions, via disciplinary blinders and Eurocentrism, play a key role in keeping denial and thus cultural-structural-psychological-physical violence intact.
  • Eurocentrism marginalises and dismisses epistemic counterpoints. It thus acts as a silencing mechanism that excludes the standpoint of the oppressed who have an epistemic advantage with regard to direct experience of the continuity of invisible/visible violence.
  • A Trans-disciplinary approach to Violence and Denial presents a possibility to bring cultural-structural-psychological-physical aspects of violence into a micro-macro frame of analysis and action.


The research process consists of several phases of research more or less along the lines depicted and described hereunder:

phases of research
Depiction of multiple action research phases*

Practical Action Research.  This originated with a gap found between theory and practice at the micro level – Dissonance experienced by a practitioner.

Triangulated Action Research This phase was followed by formal PhD studies to examine the gap, and the mechanism that produces the gap.  Four interlinked aspects were found to produce contextual, conceptual, training and practice related gaps – Transdisciplinary research linking Peacebuilding, Social Justice and Restorative Justice.  

Participatory Action Research Phase three consisted of a set of workshops to groundtruth and calibrate a conceptual framework that was abstracted from the research – The structure of invisible/visible Violence

Dialogic Action Research Phase four narrowed in on a central issue that contributes to the sustained high levels of violence in unequal societies – Denial – via Paulo Freire style workshops.

Follow up

As at June 2017, a debriefing and next steps workshop is planned to assess the impact of the content that surfaced during the first two Denial workshops and its implications with regard to a way forward and recording learnings and changes in practice generated by these workshops.


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