Onto-epistemicide and the research ethics board: Towards a reflexive ethics

Giulia Carozzi, Lindsey K. Horner*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

This article posits that current priorities of many research ethics boards makes them a self-undermining entity in that they perpetuate the erasure of certain knowledges and with them the bodies, subjectivities and subjects that live them. Through obscuring the history, geography and onto-epistemology of the assumptions underpinning ethical review these boards reproduce dominant Eurocentric and post-positivist assumptions about what is and isn’t valid or worthy research. Employing Santos’ notion of epistemicide and joining it with Barad’s ethico-ontoepistem-ology we explore how the instruments of ‘Ethics’ act as a mechanism for reinforcing what Massey labels a dominant ‘geography of productions of knowledge’
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Early online date3 Nov 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Nov 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • research ethics
  • onto-epistemicide
  • epistemicide
  • ethico-onto-epistemology,
  • ethics education


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