Words Academics Like

Here are some words. Words that I have begun to compile into a Lexicon. There are some 60+ included, thus far.

What I am learning is that a lexicon such as this, is much like a loyalty card that you get from a retailer.  Whenever you are in a place that is “academic,” you show your words, liberally and in combination, and you rack up points in the guild of Humanities scholars!

Do comment with your additions to the list!

Lexicon

Aesthetics

Always already

Alterity

Banal, banality

Baroque

Binary

Cartesian

Colonial

Commons

Contested

Contextualized, Contextual

Contingent

Decolonial, decolonize, decoloniality

Deconstruction

Desire

Dialectic

Diasporic

Discourse, discursive

Dualism

Enlightenment

Episteme

Epistemological

Essentializing, Essentialism, Essentialist

Existential

Exteriority

Feminisms

Fetish, Fetishism, Fetishization

Gaze

Geographies

Global South

Hegemony, hegemonic, hegemon

Hermeneutic

Heuristic

Humanism

Immanence

Inscribe

Interiority

Interrogate, interrogation

Late-capitalism

Liberalism

Logics

Marxist (and its hyphenated variants, e.g., Afro-Marxist)

Mimetic

Minoritized

Modernity

Narrative

Neo-colonial, Neocolonialism

Neo-liberal, neoliberalism

Normative

Ontological

Patriarchy, patriarchal

Panopticon

Performative

Post-colonial, post-coloniality, post-colonialism

Post-industrial

Post-modern, postmodernism, postmodernity

Post-racial

Poststructural

Praxis

Pre-modern

Privilege, privileging

Production

Publics

Rationalism

Reifying

Secularism, secularization

Semiotics

Sign, signify, signification

Subaltern

Subjectivity, subject