Decolonization, Beyond Readings ¶
By: kdesjarl on Aug. 22, 2020, 7:11 a.m.
I've been wrestling with actively decolonizing my courses over the last couple of years, and recognize that a lot 'standard' practices/policies in my syllabi were colonizing practices. They were punitive simply to be punitive, and while the logic of them was something I understood, I think they framed post-secondary as a stick, and instructor as the ultimate authority rather than the subject matter expert.
I think it's great to talk about adding Indigenous authors to syllabi, but I think alongside that, it's imperative to recognize the policies and practices that colonial institutions have embedded in our thinking and allowed us to take for granted. I'm not done with mine by any stretch, but my policies are increasingly flexible, and aim to recognize cultural difference.