Key Concepts


As we collaborate with a diversity of actors, many of whom refer to themselves as activist, we grapple with the self-understanding of our role and the nature of our work and engagement. To avoid hyphenated terms that make it seem like a pure or original form existed beyond it, I propose to use the “gender star” to queer a term or concept and signal its ambiguity and fluidity, that is, the * complicates it and opens it up for different interpretations and identifications. Along these lines, “activist*scholar” can also mean scholar*activist, and subsume terms such as “active/ engaged scholar,” “activist-scholar,” “scholarly activist,” “scholar-activist,” and pertains to forms of activism and scholarship that do not fall into neat categories, but, much rather, are connected to collaborative efforts in which knowledges and experiences are exchanged and complement each other in activist*scholar work, spaces, and communities of practice that are constantly in the making (Yildirim Tschoepe, 2019).