Please join us for a talk by Rudrick Visiting Scholar, Dr. Kyle Whyte
Is Indigenous Research Possible Within the Confines of Anglophone Philosophy Departments?
Abstract: Indigenous research is a global movement that few philosophy PhD holders have really heard of, with some key exceptions. Indigenous research refers to any investigations produced through Indigenous systems of inquiry and that seek to advance Indigenous peoples’ aspirations. Indigenous peoples themselves have their own philosophical traditions that, depending on the nation or society, are expressed through diverse intellectual communities with differing standards of inclusion, publicity, and outreach, and differing degrees of interest in knowledge exchange with other populations. Given that some departments in other fields have embraced the empirical rigor, epistemic accountability, and transformative real-world impacts of Indigenous research, it is critical to examine where departments of philosophy stand in their own engagement with Indigenous research in nations such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Appealing to Indigenous intellectual traditions of philosophy and education, the presentation investigates several arguments about whether anglophone research universities are even capable of being places where certain forms of Indigenous philosophical research could flourish - especially at the level of departments of philosophy. Since Indigenous intellectual and scientific traditions emphasize accountability, responsibility, consent, and trust in their philosophical and empirical research, a key issue for further dialogue is whether particular departments of philosophy can be appropriately restructured for the practice of Indigenous philosophy.
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