L04
Beyond content warnings: teaching anthropology in the contemporary sociopolitical landscape
Convenors:
Stephanie Betz (Australian National University)
Shiori Shakuto (National University of Singapore)
Format:
Laboratories
Location:
STB 1, Science Teaching Building
Sessions:
Thursday 5 December, 9:00-10:45

Short abstract:

This lab aims to produce a collaborative space for teachers and students to share educational resources and experiences that aid the teaching of anthropology or that help to create safer, constructive learning spaces. Please bring experiences and resources to share.

Long abstract:

Structures of race, gender, class, ability and sexuality are more than the subjects of our research - they are the lived realities of increasingly diverse student bodies. Perceived disjunctions between academic approaches to these topics and students' lived experiences have led to a debate over course content warnings. In this lab we aim to go beyond this debate by shifting the discussion towards responding to students' needs in the contemporary sociopolitical environment. This lab aims to produce a collaborative space for teachers and students to share educational resources and experiences that aid the teaching of anthropology or that help to create safer, constructive learning spaces. Please bring experiences and resources to share. Questions include: * How can we productively engage with vital issues of race, gender, class, ability, and sexuality while supporting students who have lived experiences of structural power? * What would an "Introduction to Anthropology" syllabus that was sensitive to issues of gender and race in the Asia-Pacific context look like? * Who are some key female/indigenous/non-white authors that have not received enough recognition in Australian anthropology? * What are some key readings that critically reflect on colonialism/neo-colonialism in the Asia-Pacific region? * How can teachers' positionality contribute to the learning environment, while 'holding space' for students from different backgrounds/experiences? * How do we engage with contemporary political and cultural events that may disproportionately affect students from marginalised backgrounds? * How can we put into practice multiple learning traditions, including incorporating creative/digital media?