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Pedagogical Experiments in an Anthropology for Liberation

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posted on 17.05.2022, 20:43 authored by Lorena GibsonLorena Gibson
This piece began as a series of conversations with colleagues about the joys and frustrations I experienced in my endeavours to practice commoning in a new course, ‘Anthropology for Liberation.’ In it, I reflect on my efforts to place pedagogical practices of commoning and decolonising anthropology – critically examining and making space for different ways of learning, knowing, and being – at the centre of our classroom agenda. I go on to discuss how working to untangle the knot of colonialism with my students has been simultaneously the most challenging and the most rewarding aspect of teaching this course. I also examine some of the tensions involved in creating an educational common that encourages dialogue and critique yet sits within a university system built on inherently unequal power relations between lecturer and student. Finally, I reflect on some of the reasons why I was not entirely successful in creating an anthropological community that commons.

History

Preferred citation

Gibson, L. (2018). Pedagogical Experiments in an Anthropology for Liberation. Commoning Ethnography, 1(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.26686/ce.v1i1.4131

Journal title

Commoning Ethnography

Volume

1

Issue

1

Publication date

01/01/2018

Pagination

Jan-13

Publisher

Ethnography Commons

Publication status

Published online

Contribution type

Article

Online publication date

18/12/2017

ISSN

2537-9879

eISSN

2537-9879

Language

en