Halberstam on disciplinarity

Indeed terms like serious and rigorous tend to be code words, in academia as well as other contexts, for disciplinary correctness; they signal a form of training and learning that confirms what is already known according to approved methods of knowing, but they do not allow for visionary insights or flights of fancy. Training of any kind, in fact, is a way of refusing a Benjaminian relation to knowing, a stroll down uncharted streets in the “wrong” direction; it is precisely about staying in well-lit territories and about knowing exactly which way to go before you set out.

Judith Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure p. 6

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