The existence of indigenous knowledge and knowledge systems has long been denied by those outside indigenous communities and particularly by ‘mainstream’ western scholarship. When their existence has been acknowledged they have generally been deprived of cognitive standing and dismissed as primitive, mystical and unscientific. And steadily throughout, political, economic and cultural practices and policies of oppression have eroded away at their very substance, at their conditions of existence. Lately, however, this scenario has begun to change. This course introduces students to some of the fundamental features of indigenous knowledge systems, and how they differ from western knowledge systems. Special attention is given to the role of power in shaping the interaction between indigenous and western knowledge systems. Our reading will span diverse geopolitical contexts, and will largely be by indigenous scholars from a variety of communities (First Nations, American Indian, Australian Aboriginal and Maori, among others).
Cross-registered with (Philosophy) 70:264.
3 lecture hours per week, one term
Transfer Equivalents: Look up 68:264 in the BU Course Transfer Database.