ABSTRACT

In this theoretical chapter, I explore the problems of disciplinary logics within the field of communication and offer the practice of “gathering the edges.” Gathering the edges is a set of tactics and a metaphor for how to unsettle the disciplinary power dynamics of core and periphery. I take up the works of Chitra Ganesh as a queer of color example of how multiple intersecting identities prompt multiple intersecting approaches or methods. I argue, Ganesh’s example demands the most of communication’s interdisciplinary possibilities while providing a test for the field’s tendency to label such work illegible. Working through scholarship on intersectionality and queer of color critique, this piece advocates that we move toward an inhabitation of coalitional contamination that is resistant to oppressive mechanisms of hierarchical division and subordination.