New materialist and posthumanist studies lack accounting of colonial impact on how we think about who is and is not human. In this essay, I posit questions of what is real, who is human, and who we are in relation to each other. These questions, which are key to inquiry and posthuman relationalities, must be thought with Tiffany Lethabo King's “decolonial refusal,” a relational stance offering radical possibilities. In example, I turn to Audre Lorde's “erotic power” thought with adrienne maree brown's “pleasure activism” focusing not only on how we do research, but also on how we feel in relations of research. This move opens potentials for engaging in research relations that matter.
Erotic Power Futures/Relations That Matter
Wanda S. Pillow is Professor in Gender Studies, School for Cultural & Social Transformation at the University of Utah. Correspondence to: Wanda S. Pillow, Gender Studies, University of Utah, Gardner Commons, Suite 4200, 260 Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Wanda S. Pillow; Erotic Power Futures/Relations That Matter. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 May 2020; 9 (2): 40–52. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.2.40
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