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Anti-Racist Pedagogy

Round Table Discussion: Toni Morrison

Anti-Racist Pedagogies for 18th and 19th- Century Studies: A Teach-in

Dr Kerry Sinanan & Prof. Kirsten T. Saxton
In collaboration with the Department of English, UTSA, Mills College Center For Faculty Excellence, and the Early Caribbean Society
Wednesday 26th May 2021 (CST Time)

This teach-in gives us the opportunity to engage scholarship on anti-racist pedagogy and to share our syllabi, texts, methods, and questions. We continue to teach under the duress of an ongoing global pandemic that has disproportionate effects on Black, Latina/x, Asian, Jewish, and Native American communities. Violence against racialized and structurally disadvantaged people deeply effects us and our students. We will consider the following:

  • Beyond mere inclusivity, how do we need to adapt our pedagogy and our syllabi to serve anti- racist and anti-colonial pedagogic goals?
  • How do we give the histories and literatures of slavery, race, and Indigenous cultures more than a nominal presence on our courses?
  • How can we show how racialized identities intersect with disability, gender, and class in our teaching?
  • How can we reorient often required white-authored syllabi to address the question of systemic whiteness?
  • How can we best prepare and support ourselves, and our students, as we navigate this demanding yet necessary terrain?

Places Limited. To book, email: kerry.sinanan@utsa.edu, and jarvisj@nsula.edu

Session 1
10:00 a.m.: Opening Professor Joycelyn Moody UTSA
10:15 a.m.: Plenary I Dr Nicole Aljoe
10:35 a.m.: Discussion
11:00 a.m.: Group Workshops
12:00 p.m.: Feedback and discussion

Group Workshops

  1. Nicole Aljoe, group leader: Teaching Digital Caribbean Archives in 18thc and 19thc Studies
  2. Joycelyn Moody, group leader: Teaching Black Autobiography
  3. Kerry Sinanan, group leader: Teaching Intersectionality in 18thc and 19thc Studies
  4. Shelby Johnson, group leader: Teaching Native American Literature in 18thc and 19thc Studies 12pm: Feedback and discussion

Break: 12:45 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.

Session 2
1:30 p.m.: Opening Dr Kerry Sinanan
1:40 p.m.: Plenary II Dr Cassander Smith 2pm: Discussion
2:20 p.m.: Group Workshops
3:20 p.m.: Feedback and discussion 4:00 p.m.: Close

Group Workshops

  1. Cassander Smith, group leader: Teaching The Woman of Colour (1808)
  2. Kate Ozment, group leader: Designing Anti-racist Curricula
  3. Mariam Wassif, group leader: Empire and Identity

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