(il)legitimate knowledge?


Most discussion of experiences of communication with nature or animate Earth (in its many forms) are associated with 'other' peoples and cultures, not with white academics.


Yet knowledge produced in ways that are, by Western standards, not 'rational' remain suspect, and sources from beyond the human realm are seldom able to be acknowledged in academic conversations or research texts (for exceptions, see the growing field of Indigenous research methodologies).


What happens if I, a white, middle class, doctoral candidate in Canada try to claim and write (as research) knowledge acquired researching with the more-than-human?

can i speak of it within my present academic culture?

can i find the words with which to speak?

can I claim these ways of knowing?