Estuaries: Ways of Knowing



Through exchanging words, images, and possible other mail attachments, ARIAS wonders within its network what are the shifting grounds in research and more precisely in its resources. Ways of knowing are evolving through disturbing the dominant hierarchies of knowledge creation and circulation. Research is reinventing itself from today’s urgencies of having multiple voices within the common discourse. What is considered known, especially within academic frameworks, to still be thought through non-dominant and non-western ideologies? The creation of knowledge has excluded multiple voices while appropriating and studying them in a colonial approach. Truth is ambiguous, can be manipulated and countered. Truth doesn’t exist in a finalised state, yet is rather an endless process of incertitude, and exists out of many possible truths. This opens up research to being revisited, questioned, and studied over and over again. Knowledge circulated around and within universities is being questioned by different perspectives than the one who has created them.


By leaving the word to the ARIAS network, the foundation of Estuaries is set on dialogue processes. ARIAS reflects on what the future of knowledge may look like and how these urgencies resurge in research fields. Asking questions, with multiple or no answers possible, maps out the steady streams of knowledge circulation. Inspired by the research inquiry developed by philosophers Vinciane Despret and Isabelle Stengers in their book Women Who Make A Fuss (2014), in which they approach different female scholars with a very interesting point of view: Rather than asking them ‘as women’ questions, they ask ‘which question would you ask women’ – which creates a much more active reflexive state to enter the dialogue. ARIAS initiates an e-mail conversation on the evaluation of ‘what we think we know’ and ‘how we think we know it’ and to ask: how does this interfere within art, sciences and research?


By investigating first on a more personal level through conversations, ARIAS invites artists  <—> researchers to exchange their struggles and questions with each other. Through the e-mail format, images and sound may be included and focuses on the written thoughts than on speech. Rather than requesting their approach to knowledge, the network will be asked to wonder what questions should be asked to other researchers. The conversation will also develop on encounters with knowledge through other situations than the academic framework: personal, random, ‘by chance’ or other inquiries. The email exchange will be concluded under the format of a zine. 


2nd April 2021


12:00 AM — 12:00 AM