Ontological inquiry, modernity, system of white supremacy, publicly engaged scholarship, climate justice
Seeking an answer to Tina Turner’s refrain, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” this article is a rebellious, messy, place-based and deeply collaborative conversation. We draw upon the legacy of theatre and social critique and adopt the literary present tense to evoke a brave intimate space for imagining possibilities beyond the academic conventions of the present epistemological order. We seek to illuminate how ontological inquiry may provoke powerful access to generating new worldmaking for climate justice, particularly when one is being a publicly engaged scholar. Why new worldmaking? Within this unprecedented time of racial reckoning, war, climate catastrophe and the impacts of a worldwide pandemic, all the result of human beings thingifying one another and our planet, there is growing awareness that if our relatively recent collective inheritance (infection) of the System of White Supremacy remains unabated, human life will cease to exist on this planet. How do we make a new world? First, we must discover for ourselves how we have been infected, how this infection is inadvertently spread within our universities, and how this infection prevents us from authentically loving our human and non-human companions and the planet that gives us life.
White, Carolyne J.; Osorio, Arturo E.; Eatman, Tim K.; and Weiss, Margaret J.
"Differentiating Modernity (the System of White Supremacy) and Generating Otherwise Worlds as Publicly Engaged Scholars: What’s Ontological Inquiry Got to Do With It?,"
Turning Toward Being: The Journal of Ontological Inquiry in Education: Vol. 1:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://rdw.rowan.edu/joie/vol1/iss2/2