Bernd Brabec deposited Academic (In)Discipline, Research (In)Sanity and the Conundrum of (Indigenous) Timescapes in the group Ethnomusicology on Humanities Commons 2 months, 4 weeks ago
This contribution focuses on strategies to bridge what in anthropology is called ontological incommensurability: Indigenous worlds often seem inaccessible to modern thought. Instead of trying to open Indigenous worlds to Westerners, I rather intend to make Western worlds accessible to Indigenous thought; and likewise, academic disciplines accessible to transdisciplinary thought; and as my most rebellious aim: I intend to make objects of research accessible for researchers. The connecting principle, I suggest, is time, temporality, and particularly synchronization and entrainment. If a society, a researcher, or a discipline is bound to a predetermined temporal regime, synchronization with the rest of the world, the researched, or the scholarly environment becomes difficult if not impossible. Lack of synchronization – on a human level causally related to psychosis – often results in substitutions with delusional constructions or models that may or may not allow for accessibility, synchronization, and therefore eye-level communication and interaction with the entities to face both in research and in inter-community life.