ABSTRACT. Although reflection on the ethics of visual research has moved beyond the ‘big four’ principles of autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence and justice to embrace a situated and relational ethics that acknowledges institutional, social and cultural expectations about research and aims to involve research participants as fully as possible in research, the ethics of visual research does not yet fully recognise Indigenous concepts and practices. To indigenise the ethics of visual research in Aotearoa|New Zealand would entail not only the inclusion of tikanga and kawa Māori (Māori practices and protocols) in formal ethical decision-making processes but also the enactment of a generous and generative ethics, an ethics of ‘response-ability’ grounded in manaakitanga (care), which can be defined, according to Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, as the fostering (aki) of the ‘non-ordinary power’ (mana) of the people and other beings who compose the research situation. Such an ontological ethics will ensure that research is not only culturally sustaining for Māori researchers and participants but also prefigurative of new ways of being Māori and, for non-Māori researchers and participants, of new ways of being-with Māori.

Keywords: visual research methodologies; Indigenous research ethics; te ao Māori; response-ability; manaakitanga

How to cite: Sturm, S. (2023). An Indigenous ethics of visual research. Knowledge Cultures, 11(3), 39-59.

Received 16 July 2023 • Received in revised form 11 November 2023
Accepted 13 November 2023 • Available online 1 December 2023

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Sean Sturm
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Te Kura Akoranga me Te Tauwhiro Tangata|Faculty of Education and Social Work
Waipapa Taumata Rau|University of Auckland
Tāmaki Makaurau|Auckland, Aotearoa|New Zealand

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