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ERIC Number: EJ841978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 29
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
Toward a New Relation of Hospitality in the Academy
Kuokkanen, Rauna
American Indian Quarterly, v27 n1-2 p267-295 Win-Spr 2003
In this article the author proposes some thoughts for working toward academic hospitality that would enable the recognition of Indigenous epistemologies in an appropriate manner. These suggestions will always remain partial and are by no means intended to be taken as a comprehensive, exhaustive consideration of possible measures. To suggest otherwise would inevitably contradict and negate the idea of hospitality, the fundamental openness to the other. Clearly, the question of hospitality will not and should never come to a close because in the moment people assume the problem solved, they arrive at a totalizing closure--another symptom of the colonial. Instead of yearning for an ultimate answer and solution, people need to accept that, necessarily, hospitality is a continuous, never-ending process of negotiation--a productive crisis in which people work continuously toward a new way of thinking and ultimately a new relationship in which the academy is compelled to recognize and accept its responsibility toward the other. The author first addresses the problematic and contentious question of knowing the "other"--a question riddled with dangers of arrogant assumptions and ethnocentrism (which particularly takes the form of Eurocentrism). She considers the issue from the perspectives of both Indigenous scholarship and critical race theories/anti-racist pedagogies. Second, the author brings forth the suggestion of doing one's homework as proposed particularly by Gayatri Spivak. Finally, the author returns to the question of hospitality and responsibility toward the other. (Contains 20 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States