Teaching whiteness : A dialogue on embodied and affective approaches

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Park, Jane Chi Hyun and Tomkins, Sara. (2021). Teaching whiteness : A dialogue on embodied and affective approaches. Educational Philosophy and Theory. 53(3), pp. 288-297. https://doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2020.1772756
AuthorsPark, Jane Chi Hyun and Tomkins, Sara

‘Representing Race and Gender’ was the first course in the undergraduate curriculum of the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney to foreground race. This paper provides a critical reflection of our embodied and affective experiences teaching this course as women of different racial and cultural backgrounds (Korean American and Anglo Australian). We draw on feminist pedagogies to illuminate the strategic ways we have performed our own intersectional identities in lecture and tutorial spaces. In particular we focus on the different ways we have approached and taught material on whiteness and white privilege and how students of various backgrounds have responded to the same material when it is taught by a white or non-white lecturer. Through this discussion, we think through how ‘Representing Race and Gender’ functions as a space where pedagogical decisions and approaches are inextricably linked to our goal of developing students’ capacities for engaging with racial difference and racism in critically conscious ways that extend beyond the classroom.

Keywordsteaching; feminist pedagogy; whiteness; critical race studies; dialogue
JournalEducational Philosophy and Theory
Journal citation53 (3), pp. 288-297
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2020.1772756
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85086876647
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range288-297
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Online04 Jun 2020
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Accepted10 May 2020
Deposited27 May 2022
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