Unpacking ontological security: A decolonial reading of scholarly impact

Published on Jul 3, 2019in Educational Philosophy and Theory1.27
· DOI :10.1080/00131857.2018.1454308
Riyad A. Shahjahan14
Estimated H-index: 14
(MSU: Michigan State University),
Anne Wagner6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Nipissing University)
AbstractDespite the growing debate about scholarly impact, an analysis of the onto-epistemic grammar underlying impact has remained absent. By taking a different analytical approach to examining impact, we interrogate the concept through the lens of decolonial thought. We offer an empathetic review of the impact scholarship and illuminate the limits of the modern imaginary that circumscribe critiques of impact in the literature, making visible the Eurocentric and provincial horizons of modern reason underlying these critiques and impact in general. Drawing on Śūnyatā ontological perspective, we seek to articulate from modernity imaginary’s edges and suggest imagining and being otherwise. We argue that the question of scholarly impact is intimately structured by and connected to the modern subject’s desire for ontological security.
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