ENGL 7395: ST:Decolonial Theory & Methods
Seminar - 4 credits
- In this class, we engage decolonial theory and praxis by taking as our focus rhetorics of difference.
- We will begin by detecting the ways in which we are constructed as discursive subjects in the colonial matrix of power.
- What are our privileges as these relate to modern imperial legacies of knowing and being?
- What are our baselines for normalcy and difference as these relate to modern imperial legacies of knowing and being?
- The second part of the course asks us to name and epistemically delink from rhetorics of difference.
- We will learn to unlearn the ways in which we are written by imperial pasts and presents.
- In what ways might the consumption and production of rhetorics of difference contribute to sustaining imperial legacies of power?
- In what ways might we as discursive subjects embody and practice social, linguistic, racial, and epistemic differencing?
- What is to be done?
- The third part of the course introduces decolonial methodology and methods to oppose and unsettle the creation of difference.
- We will imagine and propose decolonial projects of doing, making, and being as we take up the questions: How can we unsettle the production of difference in our teaching, research, and day-to-day practice of knowing and being?
- How might we as students, scholars, teachers, and citizens of earth engage in decoloniality and create together pluriversal possibilities?
- Finally, we will present the initial results of our praxis projects as we attempt to create alternatives to rhetorics of difference.
- What projects might we propose to recuperate suppressed epistemologies or to imagine alternatives to the hierarchical structures of everyday life or to help our students learn to unlearn?
- Assignments will include original scholarship and analyses, presentations, a project proposal and initial results.
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