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Iram Khawaja

Memory Work as Engaged Critical Pedagogy: Creating Collaborative Spaces for Reflections on Racialisation, Privilege and Whiteness

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This article is situated in the context of Danish higher education and aims to analyse how it is possible to facilitate collaborative spaces of learning about racialisation, whiteness and Otherness in racialised white classrooms. Educational contexts such as universities can be defined as entrenched in practices of white innocence and the silencing of race. This article explores how autoethnographic methods such as memory work can be helpful in creating collaborative spaces of learning about racialisation, whiteness and privilege. In doing so, challenges such as distancing from issues concerning race and whiteness and the affective dimensions of lived racialised experience are explored. The aim of the article is to develop an engaged critical pedagogical strategy for collaborative reflections on racialisation and whiteness, highlighting the need to move towards new ways of understanding knowledge production, teacher positionality and lived experience as part of academic curricula.
Translated title of the contributionVrede, skam og hvidhed: Om anvendelsen af memory work som pædagogisk redskab til refleksion over racialisering, andethed og privilegier
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Journal of Social Research
Pages (from-to)94-107
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022

    Research areas

  • Racialization, Memory work, Engaged pedagogy, whiteness, affects

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