- Jackman Humanities Building 170 St. George St., Room 100
- U of T Community Event
- January 17, 2019 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
- February 12, 2019 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
- March 5, 2019 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
January 17: “WTF is Queer Pedagogy?”
In preparation for this workshop, participants will be asked to read some key texts on queer pedagogy (authors might include Deborah Britzman, Sara Ahmed, and Robyn Wiegman). We’ll use these readings as a springboard for discussing our own definitions of queer pedagogy as we move through some different experiential learning exercises.
February 12: “Contentious Topics”
In this workshop we’ll discuss some short readings about contentious topics within pedagogy, including trigger warnings, pronoun checkins, calling in versus calling out, and boundaries between graduate students and faculty. Using the tools of non-violent communication and a trauma-informed approach, we will foster an empathetic space to talk through these issues by interrogating our own resistances to these topics and the challenges of addressing them within the classroom. Participants will work through some case studies and role plays, with the goal of re-imagining how we might respond to difficult scenarios.
March 5: “From Theory to Praxis
In the final workshop, we’ll do the work of translating theory into praxis. Participants will be invited to workshop teaching materials or lead the group through a mock exercise. We’ll discuss our next steps towards crafting our queer pedagogies — both as individuals and as a larger group.
Facilitated by: Scott Rayter, Department of English & Mark S. Bonhman Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies
Margeaux Feldman, Department of English & Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies