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Teaching Anthropology Network (TAN) Workshop - "Understanding and transforming academic spaces of learning and knowledge production" 
Annika Strauss (University of M√ľnster)
Giovanna Guslini (Formerly of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research)
Shukti Chaudhuri-Brill (NYUParis)
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Lanyon Building (LAN), 0G/049
Tuesday 26 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

By sharing practices of teaching and learning in and outside of classrooms, we will explore in a creative way how spaces of academic knowledge production in anthropology are socio-culturally embedded and embodied. The workshop results are going to be followed up in future TAN activities.

Long Abstract:

Over the last three decades postcolonial and critical approaches in social anthropology reflected on how our positionality shapes knowledge production in the context of fieldwork and the writing of ethnography. During our lab we want to scrutinize academic spaces of knowledge production and reflect on the diverse regimes, hierarchies, ideologies and (power) dynamics that mold our interactions, teaching, learning and exchange, by exploring the following questions:

How do certain teaching practices reflect different academic cultures worldwide?

How are spaces of interaction and exchange between academic social anthropologists socio-culturally shaped and organized?

How can we apply approaches of postcolonial/critical pedagogy to academic spaces of learning, collegial exchange and knowledge production?

Our aim is to facilitate a hybrid workshop that makes visible current, diverse teaching practices on the one hand and enables a collective imagination of 'decolonized', symmetric practices of learning and knowledge production on the other. We want to self-reflexively approach and understand corporealities and practices, thinking about if, why and how we would like to transform them. We would like to do so by using narrative methods (online) and engaging in the theatre of the oppressed (F2F). We envision the workshop to conclude with a performance-based production, which we discuss as an example of decolonized pedagogical innovation.

Please register for the workshop via the google form ( Only a limited number of participants can take part in the lab.