Conference Contribution Details
Mandatory Fields
Khoo, S; Mucha, W; Pesch, C; Wielenga, C
2019 Millennium Conference: Extraction, expropriation, erasure? Knowledge production in International Relations
Epistemic (In)Justice and Decolonisation in Higher Education
London School of Economics, London
International Refereed Conference
Optional Fields
Knowledge (re)production, especially in the social sciences, is a social process of discourse and debate, of speech and response. However, 500 years of (Western) colonial expansion have made a lasting impact. Today’s academic debate is both epistemically and ontologically shaped by Anglo-American and European perspectives (Ndlovu-Gatsheni 2018; Spivak 2004; Ziai 2015). Concepts of epistemic injustice relate existing power asymmetries in knowledge (re)production not solely with respect to dominant (Western) perspectives, concepts, and ter-minologies but also blind spots where existing knowledge is ignored, neglected, or even de-stroyed (Brunner 2018; Mignolo 2009). The enterprise of epistemic critique also points to po-tential new sites for emergence (Santos 2012). Concerns about epistemic injustice apply to what is categorised, constructed, and perceived as knowledge (thinking) as well as to the dis-tinct ways in which knowledge is disseminated (talking)
Irish Research Council
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy, Humanities in Context