Fieldwork Matters

June 18th, 2020

Clémence Hallé ruminates on the extractive tendencies of knowledge production, which can only be countered through mutual reciprocity.

Following Field Station 5 from Natchez to Jackson, Mississippi

Under the surface of western traditions of academic research lurks a troubling complicity with histories of exploitation. Attempts at breaking with the colonial ties of this mode of knowing often plead for alternative narratives to the dominant discourse, while overlooking how those who have long been telling these narratives, typically lack the institutional backbone to make their case. In this reflective piece, Clémence Hallé ruminates on the extractive tendencies of knowledge production, which can only be countered through mutual reciprocity.