Many wonder why university professors alienate themselves from all but their inner circle of fellow outsiders. To maintain inner-outer barriers that sustain the sense of special knowledge (on the part of insiders) — and special ignorance, boorishness and irrelevance (as the mark of outsiders) — opaque jargon, like spy-craft code, is advantageous. If the code can’t be broken, you’re safe.
But ought university professors to mimic spies with special operations to conduct that only insiders are cleared to know of — all the while letting spy-craft code proliferate to keep outsiders out, and insiders in?
Here are some new coinages in a poster apparently meant for publicity. It advertises the fact that some clans know more than I, as an outsider, do. If you have trouble with any of these terms you are obviously an outsider:
‘Precarity,’ ‘ intersectionality,’ ‘ Decoloniality.” I thought talk titles should be inviting and informative, but what can I expect from: “Neoliberal Domestication of Insurgent Knowledges: The Case of Intersectionality,” or “Transnationalism, Intersectionality, and Settler Colonialism,” or “Thinking Gender Decolonially”
Maybe I’ll go for the free coffee and donuts