Editors

Samantha Godbey, Susan Beth Wainscott, and Xan Goodman

Document Type

Book Chapter/Section

Publication Date

2017

Publication Title

Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts

ISBN

9780838989708

First Page

13

Last Page

24

Abstract

This chapter explores the concept of “Authority is constructed and contextual” as applied in Art History. Specifically, it investigates issues surrounding teaching the art of non-western and indigenous cultures. It is especially important in this context to teach a more inclusive and contextualized idea of authority because academic sources are most often written about these communities and not by them. Researchers must be able to recognize the authority of local experts in the community such as elders or religious leaders as well as the tacit knowledge of master artisans. Often this knowledge is intertwined with indigenous ways of knowing and transmitted by oral tradition, and needs to be considered precisely because it is often excluded from Western scholarship and not eligible for markers of Western authority such as peer-review.

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