alternative epistemologies

Alternative Epistemologies is a student-led initiative at the University of Chicago Divinity School inspired by the idea we are impoverished as human beings and scholars by our tendency to forget or devalue ways of knowing other than the cerebral. We hope to provide a public space for conversations about “other ways of knowing,” as well as how discursive knowing and articulating might be enriched, expanded, deepened and illuminated by other ways of knowing.

Alternative Epistemologies is also responding to what we consider to be an ethical imperative to listen to perspectives that have been historically underrepresented and shut out of the mainstream academic conversation. We believe that just as we do very well to honor the different modes of our knowing and our selves, we must also honor the different voices in our culture and our world. We consider this to be integral to our wholeness as human beings and as scholars.