Objects of Inquiry and Curiosity – John Borneman

We all agree that curiosity must be inter-subjective, it must be relative, it must be a relationship. But the question is, when does ethics enter research? It is only only after I enter into a relation with the ‘other’ I let ethics enter my method. Ethics is inevitably tied to power, and can be constraining on thought, and can lead to unimaginative research. We need to enter a dream-state where we can imagine a project outside the realms of ethics, and therefore power as well. It is only in such a space we can ask questions that can be transgressive.

John Borneman

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