Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Thursday, May 29 9:00am-10:30am Vallee-300

Primary Session Category: Education
Session Codes: Edu6-A
Session Format: Roundtable Discussion

Session Description:
These sessions will feature contributors to an edited collection entitled Embodiment, Pedagogy and Decolonization: Critical and Material Considerations. The intention of this book is to consider how embodiment and embodied learning are taken up in pedagogical and decolonization theories and practices. This volume explores whether and how to develop and express embodied ways of teaching, learning and knowing in educational contexts; it features work that critiques educational frameworks from beyond academic settings as a way to re-think western liberal education. Attention to the material aspects of the topics addressed, particularly decolonization, pushes forward a key concern in embodiment scholarship; that is, the importance of addressing more than solely discursive approaches to experience and knowledge production. Just as knowing is more than solely cognitive, and decolonization is not simply a metaphor [1], the contributors to this collection take up the symbiotic relationship between discursive and material observation and meaning making.

This collection was initiated by Roxana Ng and Sheila Batacharya. On January 12, 2013, Roxana tragically died from cancer. Sheila has been joined by Renita Wong as co-editor. This book honours the important contributions that Roxana Ng made to embodied learning and critical feminist, anti-racist and anti-colonial approaches to embodiment studies.

[1] Tuck, E. & Yang, K.W. (2012). Decolonization is not a metaphor. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society. 1(1) pp.1-40.

Chair and Co-organizer: Dr. Sheila Batacharya, Victoria College, University of Toronto

Co-organizer: Dr. Yuk-Lin Renita Wong, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, York University


1. Temitope Adefarakan

Decolonizing Education: Indigenous Approaches to Identity and Embodiment through the Yoruba Concept of Ori (Destiny)

2. Susan Ferguson

Embodied Writing and Decolonizing Knowledge Production: The Social Production of Pain in Lata Mani’s Interleaves

3. Stephanie Moynagh

Class and Embodiment: Making Space for Complex Capacity

4. Devi Dee Mucina

The journey to you, Baba

5. Sheila Stewart

Poetry: learning through embodied language

6. Wendy Peters

Embodied Learning, Decolonizing Experience: A Student Reconsiders Illness and the Western Body

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