Locating whiteness in the academic production of "I Philosophy" in and of time and place

Nicoll, Fiona (2006) Locating whiteness in the academic production of "I Philosophy" in and of time and place. Borderlands E-Journal, 5 1: 1-14.

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Author Nicoll, Fiona
Title Locating whiteness in the academic production of "I Philosophy" in and of time and place
Journal name Borderlands E-Journal
ISSN 1447-0810
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 5
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Editor G. Osuri
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Borderlands
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
420305 Aboriginal Cultural Studies
751005 Communication across languages and cultures
Abstract This review will critically evaluate two recent texts by white academics working across disciplines of cultural studies, history and anthropology and published by UNSW Press, which share a focus on the relationship between Aboriginality, Philosophy, Place and Time in Australia. I write from the position of a queer white academic committed to engaging politically and intellectually with the challenge of Indigenous sovereignties in this place while also aware that my position as a middle class white woman and intellectual imposes limits on what it is possible for me to know about Indigenous epistemologies (see Moreton-Robinson, 2000). In the course of this review I will demonstrate how anthropology's tendency to fix its objects of study within a circumscribed space of 'difference' limits the capacity of texts produced within this discipline to account for racialized struggles over sovereignty. While these struggles are equally embedded in the ethnographic context and the nation's constitution and political institutions, we will see that Muecke and Bird Rose confront problems in analysing the relationship between the intimate space of the 'field', in which one's research subjects quickly become one's 'friends' and/or 'classificatory kin'—on one hand—and the public space of the nation within which statements about Aboriginality by white academics circulate and are vested with an authority that escapes individual intentions and control—on the other.
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