Eugenia Zuroski (McMaster University, @zugenia) & Aisha Wilks (McMaster University, @most_articulate) in conversation 24 August 2020
#AntiracismUMD and #CLCS_UMD.
The Center for Literary & Comparative Studies’s yearlong series of events, “Antiracism: Research, Teaching, Public Engagement” begins with a commitment to think about how to enact antiracism through our pedagogies. Drawing from Zuroski’s “Where Do You Know From?” classroom exercise, Zuroski and Wilks discuss their experiences with the exercise, the possibilities and limitations of antiracist pedagogy, and implementing concepts such as collective knowledge and an ethics of care that are central to antiracist work.
Zuroski and Wilks begin by responding to the question themselves, reflecting on how experiences of race, embodiment, colonialism, dis/ability, and institutional position, among others, affect their roles in the classroom. As a professor, Zuroski uses the exercise in graduate seminars to prompt students to “imagine [their] knowledge not just as an expression of identity but as something that comes from elsewhere.” The goal is that these conversations segue to talking about knowledge collectively and thinking through as a class the conditions that must occur in order to achieve “knowing together as a true collective practice.” …