Roundtable: Teaching Militarism, Demilitarizing the Classroom

April 4, 2014 9AM – 10:30AM, CPM 102, Mills College, National Association for Ethnic Studies, http://ethnicstudies.org/

Annie Isabel Fukushima, Rutgers University
Rebekah Garrison, University of Southern California
Ayano Ginoza, University of California, Los Angeles
Gwyn Kirk, Sonoma State University

Our workshop provides a critical pedagogical space to think about teaching about militarism in colleges. The workshop engages participants to theorize and share models that are implemented in classrooms to engage college students in critical analysis, activist partnership and accountability for militarism and military violence. Our research, teaching, and methods are informed by our collective engagement with the International Women’s Network Against Militarism that presently includes scholars, activists, and students from the Guam, Hawai‘i, Japan, Korea, Vieques, Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.  We address: what challenges, opportunities, and assumptions occur through teaching demilitarization? What epistemologies and discourses shape student and teacher perceptions of milit arism? Reading materials, films, visual imagery, social media, performance, creative works, supplemental handouts, assignment samples, sample syllabi, and scholarly texts will be introduced and discussed.

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