Decolonizing Syllabi Workshop
Facilitators: Jane Chin Davidson and Florencia San Martin, Art History/Global Cultures
Thursday, November 18, 2021, 3:00pm via Zoom
The term decolonizing has recently been used in many different contexts without actual comprehension to the degree that it can negate the actual work it seeks to accomplish. In this workshop, the use of terminology becomes the focus, and by undertaking the critical methodology for “Decolonization is Not a Metaphor” as articulated by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, this workshop lays the groundwork for developing syllabi that can be meaningful and effective rather than subsumed in other civil rights actions or used in maintaining the status quo of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Instead, a decolonizing syllabus would reflect the specificities of colonialist impacts on the academy, the epistemic methodologies of the syllabus, that emerge from the institutional structure. How exactly does the syllabus reflect the underlying logic that hails from the sovereignty of Settler Colonialism in student learning? What are strategies to confront the norm of syllabi, those that can surface those power relations in every discipline and provide a different way forward to mapping student coursework?