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CEPPA Talk – Linda Martín Alcoff (City University of New York)

November 18, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Event co-Hosted with ECT and FPST.

Title: Extractivist epistemologies

Abstract: This paper (which is very much a work in progress) will develop the concept of extractivist epistemology as a way to think through the effect of colonialism on knowing practices. Extractivist epistemologies work analogously to extractivist capitalism: seeking an epistemic resource of some sort—such as a piece of pharmacological knowledge held by an indigenous community or rural healer concerning the medicinal potential of a given plant, or an artifact from an indigenous funeral site. The extractivist approach to knowledge treats this epistemic resource as a piece of knowledge that can be separated from the social context and identities of its origin without epistemic loss. In so doing, extractivist practices change the items that are abstracted. I will show how this is this is an epistemic problem and not simply an ethical problem.



November 18, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Nick Kuespert