Elefanten i (bede)rummet

Raciale forsvindingsnumre, stemningspolitik og idiomatisk diffraktion

Translated title of the contribution: The elephant in the (prayer) room. : Racial disappearance acts, mood politics and idiomatic diffraction

Kirsten Hvenegård-Lassen, Dorthe Staunæs

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Abstract

The elephant in the (prayer) room. Racial disappearance acts, mood politics and idiomatic diffraction summarizes a particular way of handling social and cultural problems. It is about social taboosthat are affectively charged: even if everybody knows the elephant is there, they ignore it. In this article, we are grappling with disappearance acts related to race and racialization at a white-dominated Danish university. Race is simultaneously there and not there in organizational policies and practices preoccupied with governing diversity. Using a recent debate over ‘prayer rooms’ in educational institutions, we develop a methodology (‘idiomatic diffraction’) sensitive towards race and racialization in contexts dominated by whiteness. Leaning on Karen Barad, we argue that diffraction may open up a space from where light can be explored in the shadows of what Sylvia Wynter names ‘Man’s Project’.
Original languageDanish
JournalKvinder, Køn & Forskning
Volume2019
Issue number1-2
Pages (from-to)44-57
Number of pages13
ISSN0907-6182
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Race: affect; diffraction; intersectionality; academia

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Elefanten i (bede)rummet : Raciale forsvindingsnumre, stemningspolitik og idiomatisk diffraktion. / Hvenegård-Lassen, Kirsten; Staunæs, Dorthe.

In: Kvinder, Køn & Forskning, Vol. 2019, No. 1-2, 2019, p. 44-57.

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