Making anti-racist ecological knowledges

Authors: Kate Derickson*, University of Minnesota
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: epistemology, anti-racist, natural resource management
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Napoleon C3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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In this paper I start from the premise that knowledge production is both a social and political process. I engage Lorraine Code’s concept of “ecological thinking,” Kristie Dotson’s work on “epistemic back grounding,” Donna Haraway’s work on “response-ability” and Katherine McKittrick’s piece “Mathematics Black Life” to argue that how we go about knowing is as important for anti-racist futures as what we ultimately know. Drawing on an ongoing collaborative research relationship as a member of the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank, I consider the social relations (perhaps inadvertently) engendered in the process of making of ecological knowledges in the American Southeast, and the kinds of action that are invited by those knowledges. I conclude that we ought not seek to know revolutionary and anti-racist things, but rather know in anti-racist and revolutionary ways.

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