Epistemes, epistemic violence

Glossary entry:

Epistemes, epistemic violence. The French philosopher Michel Foucault described epistemes as the set of ideas and assumptions, often unconscious, that underlie and constrain what is accepted as knowledge in a particular time and place. Epistemic violence exists when methods are used that lead to the invalidation, sanctioning and repression of certain forms of knowledge and its bearers, for example: the degradation or delegitimation of non-Western medicine or indigenous forms of knowledge as ‘unscientific’ or ‘premodern’. 


Petra Van Brabandt & Els Silvrants-Barclay

For Parity and Diversity Commission (PDK) & D-ARCH Dean’s Office