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Practices of Storytelling and Indigenous Epistemologies
03 May
03. May 2024

Practices of Storytelling and Indigenous Epistemologies

Practices of storytelling are vital to the creation and transformation of Indigenous concepts and ideas, and vital to understanding and enabling Indigenous forms of philosophical inquiry. Oral narratives, weaving, carving, and other artforms such as, for instance, architecture, song, and dance both contain and enable philosophical inquiry. What is more, creative artforms remain sites of struggle, resistance, and reclaiming of Indigenous philosophies for many Indigenous communities around the world – holding space for traditional and contemporary ideas to be reimagined and renewed.

In this workshop, we explore the role of storytelling (broadly understood) in Indigenous knowledge. We also ask what the academic discipline of philosophy (and the philosophers therein) might gain from better understanding these practices. To that end, we ask questions such as: What is the function of storytelling in Indigenous knowledge? Do practices of storytelling necessarily clash with other (more dominant) knowledge practices? What would it take to reconcile the deep differences between them fairly? What would it take for the academic discipline to include (and enable) diverse methods of inquiry (such as storytelling)? What limits, if any, are there to how non-indigenous philosophers use Indigenous knowledge-making practices such as stories in their work? And, what ethical and trust-based issues arise at the intersections of Indigenous storytelling and mainstream scientific practice?


  • Inkeri Koskinen, University of Helsinki
  • Yolanda Lopez-Maldonado, Indigenous Science
  • David Ludwig, Wageningen University
  • Adriana Moreno Cely, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Krushil Watene, University of Auckland


This workshop is organised by Dr. T.Y. Branch, a postdoctoral research fellow with the SOCRATES project, SOCRATES fellows Dr. Inkeri Koskinen and Dr. Krushil Watene, as well as Dr. David Ludwig.

SOCRATES: Social Credibility and Trustworthiness of Expert Knowledge and Science-Based Information is a Centre for Advanced Studies funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). It provides a forum for interdisciplinary exchange on scientific credibility and trust in science and is based at the Institute for Philosophy at Leibniz University Hannover.


03. May 2024
09:30 o'clock - 17:30 o'clock


03. April 2024

Public contact

Dr. T.Y. Branch
Institut für Philosophie / SOCRATES
Lange Laube 32
30167 Hannover


Leibniz University Hannover
Building: 1105
Room: 1105.000.001
Großer Seminarraum
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
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