Acknowledgments: An early version of this article was originally presented at the “Is There, Can There Be, such an Activity as World Humanities?” Conference in Vancouver, Canada in January 27–28, 2012. I am indebted to several participants for their feedback, including (but not limited to) Eldon Yellowhorn, Leroy Little Bear, and Brenda Crabtree. I would also like to thank Eric Davis and Christine Kim for their comments on and conversations about this latest version.
A Complex Web of Relations that Extends Beyond the Human
Article first published online: 29 NOV 2012
© 2012 Journal of Chinese Philosophy
Journal of Chinese Philosophy
Volume 39, Issue 4, pages 507–517, December 2012
How to Cite
Reder, D. (2012), A Complex Web of Relations that Extends Beyond the Human. Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 39: 507–517. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6253.2012.01741.x
- Issue published online: 29 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 29 NOV 2012
This article considers the question “Is There, Can There Be, such an Activity as World Humanities?” My response takes issue with the phrase “world humanity” that serves to legitimize a homogenizing process of globalization while simultaneously hiding from view the injustices and power imbalances that globalization creates. From my perspective as a Cree-Métis scholar, the world humanities are only valuable if they participate in the recuperation and protection of Indigenous stories—and by extension Indigenous languages and epistemes—that would require a reconsideration of the definition and obligations of what it means to be human.