This essay reflects on the exclusions and invisibilities that haunt academic subjectivities, spaces, and research practices. The exclusion criteria that delimit both scholars and scholarship are not natural or fair; they are the expressions of classed, raced, gendered, and ableist ideals, that privilege separation, order, and certainty. That which is marked as other - the remainder, which must not or cannot be admitted - is not fully excluded, but lurks at or below the waterline of legibility, disrupting academic bodies and departments with its persistent, often affective traces. Rather than trying to explain something that is primarily characterized by its inexplicability, the author brings readers into her department, to try to show them the ghosts that she has (not quite) seen, in order to appeal for more humane, inclusive, ghost-friendly ways of being and working in the academy.

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Keywords Haunting, Knowledge production, Subjectivity, The academy, Unconscious
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2015.10.003
Journal Emotion, Space and Society
Citation
Tamas, S. (2016). Ghost stories. Emotion, Space and Society, 19, 40–44. doi:10.1016/j.emospa.2015.10.003