Learning and Unlearning Racism through Schooling and Public Education

Friday, 20 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC05 Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity (host committee)

Language: English

Schooling and other forms of education, including public education, play a decisivie role in constructing racism. This happens through curricula that endorses sanitised views of history and  the privileges implicit in whiteness, for example. Teaching practices as well as the language of the classroom also consolidiate notions of belonging and 'foreigness'. On the other hand, education can play an important role in challenging racism and forming inclusive and political understandings of community. Thus, education plays a pivotal role in creating and disturbing barriers and this session welcomes papers that address  the following issues;

- the role of international education in brokering movement of people, ideas and capital

- understanding the influence of public education, including the media, in the vilification of minorities

- curricula as a narrative of nation, belonging, dispossession and 'foreigness'

- education as a platform that challenges racism

- schooling as a common means of understanding who we are and our place in the world or nation, for example through school choice and formal and informal segregation according to class, colour and religion.

Session Organizer:
Georgina TSOLIDIS, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Australia
Oral Presentations
Performativity and the Politics of Change: Challenging Racism through Public Education
Peter GALE, University of South Australia, Australia; Talullah BARKER GALE, School of Art and Architecture, University of South Australia, Australia
Mapuche People in Chilean History Textbooks: Producing Otherness from the Beginnings of the Nation State
Andrea RIEDEMANN FUENTES, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Engaging across Difference through Intergroup Dialogue: Two Lecturer’s Reflections on Teaching Diversity.
Asanda NGOASHENG, Cape Peninsula Institute of Technology, South Africa; Gachago GACHAGO, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa