AlterNative is now calling for papers to be considered for one of our general issues of Volume 11 (2015). We welcome submissions all year round;however, for consideration for the second issue of 2015, articles should reach us no later than
the 31st of December 2014. We recommend early submission. Please visit our website at http://www.alternative.ac.nz to find out more or see the attached document. Please circulate this call for papers to your networks.
Our feature article for October [n celebration of the 10th anniversary of AlterNative] is Epistemological pluralism by Vanessa Andreotti, Cash Ahenakew and Garrick Cooper from Volume 7, no. 1 (2011). This article is the first part of a transnational collaboration between the authors whose article
Beyond epistemic provincialism: De-provincializing Indigenous resistanceformed the second part in the collaborative series and was recently published in our current issue of AlterNative Volume 10, no. 3 (2014).
Enjoy FREE ACCESS to Epistemological pluralism until the end of October. Click here to access the full article.
This paper offers a brief analysis of aspects related to the significance and the complexities of introducing “different” epistemologies in higher education teaching and learning. We start by introducing the metaphors of abyssal thinking, epistemic blindness and ecologies of knowledge in the work of Boaventura de Souza Santos. In the second part of the paper we use Santos’ metaphors to engage with the tensions of translating aboriginal epistemologies into non-aboriginal languages, categories and technologies. In the third part, we offer a situated illustration of an attempt to introduce epistemological pluralism in addressing central concepts in teaching in higher education. In our conclusion we emphasize that political, ontological and metaphysical questions need to be considered very carefully in the process of introducing different epistemologies into higher education.
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