Indigenous Epistemes

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This chapter examines the academy as a hegemonic site of knowledge production that has largely ignored and dismissed indigenous ways of being in and relating to the world – or what I call epistemes. Drawing on Spivak's notion of sanctioned ignorance, I argue that the academy is characterized by an epistemic ignorance which prevents it from properly “profess[ing] its profession” (Derrida). Instead of liberal multicultural efforts of “knowing the other,” academics have a responsibility to do their homework and begin to learn from indigenous and other epistemes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA companion to critical and cultural theory
Editors Imre Szeman, Sarah Blacker, Justin Sully
Place of Publication Hoboken
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISBN (Electronic)9781118472293
ISBN (Print)978-1-118-47231-6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • indigenous scholarship
  • worldview
  • epistemology
  • knowledge systems
  • indigenous criticisms of the academy
  • colonialism/imperialism

Field of science

  • Social policy
  • Environmental sciences


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