SPEAKERS

KEYNOTES

INSPIRING. CRITICAL. ENGAGING 

Gloria Ladson-Billings

Marie Battiste

Sandy Grande

Molefi Kete Asante

PLENARIES

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"Alt-Right" and Trumpism

“Alt Right” conservativism seeks to erase not only the history of colonization, genocide, and enslavement, but also present day coloniality, settler colonialism, and the ongoing forms of imperialism and militarism that justify, rationalize, and sustain the ideological and systemic practices of the White supremacist, heteropatriarchal, capitalist state.

This plenary will focus on the particular understandings of White logics and the task of thinking through collective lives and a politics of futurity with mutual responsibilities and reciprocity in mind. 

Reframing Intersections and Intersectionality

‘Critical Friends’ ask us to interrogate solidarity work informed about intersections and to remind us that at the heart of this politics should be relations between and among people, as well as (across) different Lands and different geographies. The success of our politics of solidarity will depend on an informed understanding of the philosophical grounding of what we are seeking to do and the resolve to accomplish the task irrespective of challenges and risks, including losing power & privilege.

This plenary will take up ‘intersectional theory’ broadly as a lens for political action to interrogate and challenge solidarity work (e.g., the question of allyship). It aims to address the poverty of intersections as a framework for solidarity work.

 

Indigenous Concepts

Part of the project of educational decolonization is for Indigenous, racialized and oppressed peoples to be able to pioneer new analytical systems for understanding our own communities based on our “home grown cultural perspectives” (Yankah 2004, p. 25). Picking up on the main conference theme the session will explore questions such as: How do we bring non-Western epistemologies to a terrain that has existed through a long-exercised White Mythology? What Indigenous experiences speak to the possibility of living well together in new futures? What additional dimensions of the above can be gleaned from the constant mobility of bodies, identities, subjectivities and relations?  

This session will examine the knowledge principles of these Indigenous ideas and the potential for educational transformation and decolonization.

Decolonizing our Learning Spaces

How can we begin to engage decolonial pedagogies in our learning spaces?

 Focusing on high-school educators, both teachers and administrators, this session looks to engage in a dialogue around decolonial practices, pedagogies, and curricula.

This session is an opener for our Fall Institute, which will be developed for K-12 educators .

MORE EXCITING SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED

OUR SPEAKERS

David Carson

Sopia Schwimmer

Damian Barkley

David Carson

Sopia Schwimmer

Damian Barkley

David Carson

Sopia Schwimmer

Damian Barkley

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