This reading group examines trauma in the classroom as an issue of colonialism, sexism, and disability (in)justice. Investigating trigger warnings at universities as a mode of addressing trauma, we seek to deconstruct the complexities of this practice as it relates to concepts of safety, accommodation, freedom of speech and decolonization–among others. What possible strategies can we–as academics, students, administrators and the public–use to confront, navigate, and address trauma in the post-secondary classroom?
Sajdeep Soomal and Samuel Kessler
The first meeting will be held on Monday, September 28, 2015 from 10am-12pm in the IPLAI seminar room. Please come prepared by having read the abstracts for each of the texts above.
Below is an incomplete list of relevant readings. As we delve further, the list will expand to include films, short novels and other cultural productions. Please bring a short summary for any relevant texts that you would like to include. Readings will be selected at the first meeting, according to participant interests. The finalized schedule will be distributed thereafter.
Ahmed, Sara. “Against Students.” The New Inquiry. 29 June 2015. Web
Carter, Angela M. “Teaching with Trauma: Trigger Warnings, Feminism, and Disability
Pedagogy.” Disability Studies Quarterly . 35.2 (2015). Web.
Cote-Meek, Sheila. “Colonized Classrooms: Racism, Trauma and Resistance in
Post-Secondary Education.” Fernwood Publishing. 2014. Print.
Duggan, Lisa. "On Trauma and Trigger Warnings, in Three Parts. Bully Bloggers . 23 Nov 2014.
Halberstam, Jack. "You Are Triggering me! The Neo-Liberal Rhetoric of Harm, Danger, and
Trauma." Bully Bloggers. 5 July 2014. Web.
Hudson, Peter James. “The Geographies of Blackness and Anti-Blackness: An Interview with
Katherine McKittrick.” The CLR James Journal. 20.1-2. (2014). Web.
Freeman, Elizabeth et al. “Trigger Warnings are Flawed.” Inside Higher Ed. 29 May 2014. Web.
Livingston, Kathleen A. “On Rage, Shame, "Realness," and Accountability to Survivors.” Harlot. 2014. Web.
Marcotte, Amanda. "The Year of the Trigger Warning." Slate. 30 Dec 2013. Web.
Million, Dian.“Therapeutic Nations: Healing in an Age of Indigenous Human Rights." The University of Arizona Press. 2013. Print.
Saketopoutlou, Avgi. "Trauma Lives Us: Affective Excess, Safe Spaces and the Erasure of Subjectivity." Bully Bloggers. 6 December 2014. Web
Souza, Valéria M. “Triggernometry.” It’s Complicated. 21 May 2014. Web.
Villanueva, Silvia Toscano. “Teaching as a Healing Craft: Decolonizing the Classroom and Creating Spaces of Hopeful Resistance through Chicano-Indigenous Pedagogical Praxis.” The Urban Review. 45.1 (2013). Web.