Thinking about Knowledge Categories, Contexts, Voices and Silences.
In this presentation I wish to focus on indigenous and transnational knowledge production, and the silences and silencing processes embedded within our current understanding of knowledge hierarchies. Indigeneity carries within it an understanding of groups that experienced settler colonialism (within nations). Do indigenous knowledge challenge, contribute to, or fit in with knowledge produced by the privileged non-indegenous within their realm? The term transnational feminism is often used to denote knowledge that is developed through and across nations during the current phase of globalization. How do earlier phases of transnational knowledge production play a part, if at all, in how we understand transnational knowledge today? Does transnational knowledge include indigenous knowledge? Do our discussions of knowledge production have to reframe some of the categories of knowledge producers, politics and contexts of knowledge production to identify how power works to give voice or silence different types of knowledge production?