Practising refusal as relating otherwise: engagements with knowledge production, ‘activist’ praxis, and borders

Aila Spathopoulou, Isabel Meier

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This special issue explores the concept of refusal through academic and personal reflections, conversation, poetry, activism, and performative practice. In this introduction, we first situate practices of refusal within very specific locations of struggle and then frame these refusals as a practice of relating otherwise. Relating otherwise is a ‘mode of engagement’ – not a theory or method – that shapes relationships with ourselves, each other, and the world. The introduction goes on to discuss how refusal practices engage with (1) decolonial modes of knowing, (2) embodied, situated, and relational ways of meaning-making, and (3) the undoing of existing dichotomies within ‘activist’ practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-153
Number of pages14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2023

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