9th Annual “Decolonizing the Spirit” Conference Indigenous Pedagogies and Cultural Resistance in Education

Friday April 24 and Saturday April 25, 2015

OISE, University of Toronto

Indigenous knowledges, counter philosophies and epistemologies are helping to challenge and subvert the globalizing and universalizing tendencies of the West.  Indigenous values of collectivity collectivity, orality, sharing, reciprocity and community responsibilities to the local, regional and national ecologies can no longer be assigned to the margins of the “international.”   Today Indigenous pedagogies and acts of resistance continue to transcend geographical boarders, time and space. These forms of resistance and knowledges influence our understandings of the world, and are helping to transform education for all.

The Annual ?Decolonizing the Spirit? conference examines questions of knowledge production and resistance to colonial and post-colonial domination.  This gathering invites scholars, researchers, practitioners, elders, community leaders, community/digital/media activists and artists, and educators to participate in a dialogue on (re)claiming and use of Indigenous pedagogies as tools for resistance and responding to colonial fragmentations.  This two-day conference will be a forum for participants to consider how we de-colonize and resist further colonization through varied forms and mediums, including cultural production through media and communication technologies; and challenge and resist neo-colonial and neoliberal spaces in education. What forms do such practices take? What are their politics, objectives and pedagogies?

Key questions for analysis and debate include:
– How do we connect questions of Indigeneity and spirituality to place-based scholarship in the academy?
– How do we connect issues of Indigeneity, colonial settlerhood and Indigenous spiritual resistancee
– How do Indigenous peoples and local communities use varied forms of     communication (including media and new digital technologies) to resist colonization?  To produce and share culture?  To forge solidarities with other Indigenous communities across the world?
– How do such cultural practices inform education?
– To what extent do scholars and community leaders utilize Indigenous pedagogies and cultural resistance to disrupt the boundaries of colonial education?
– How can Indigenous pedagogies and cultural resistance transform     education?
– How can they create nurturing spaces for learning?
Themes for presentation include but are not limited to:
– Indigenous Knowledges and Decolonization
– Race, Class, Gender, [dis]Ability, Sexuality and the “Coloniality of Power” [Quijano, 1991].
– Spirituality and Indigenous Resurgence
– Violence and Desubjectification
– Digital/Media resistance
– Digital/ Media-based  knowledge production
– Indigenous art and ways of sharing Indigenous art
– Indigenous Media/Culture in education
– Indigenous community building strategies
– Fostering global solidarity among Indigenous communities towards collective resistance

We welcome papers and panels from a wide range of backgrounds as well as poster presentations. Please submit a 250 word abstract with a few key words to describe your presentation and a short bio to  decolonizingconference@gmail.com by March 9th, 2015, 11:59pm.*


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