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Friday, June 9 • 10:20am - 10:40am
Critical Collaborative Pedagogies

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The Black Diasporic Visions (De)Constructing Modes of Power digital project, is an intercollaborative publication created by course instructors and Futures Initiative Faculty Fellows, Dr. Javiela Evangelista & Dr. Carla Shedd; their students; and digital curator and Manifold Fellow, Dr. Wendy Barrales. The digital project grew out of the course, Black Diasporic Visions. Black Diasporic Visions turns us toward a myriad of pathways for liberation formed by African people and people of African descent, inside and outside of oppressive structures of power, as well as the development of alternative visions and spaces.

Through an opportunity with the Futures Initiative at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), - a program that supports course creation across disciplines, ranks and CUNY campuses that culminates in a public project - the authors explored nuanced levels of collaboration across time and space between: co-instructors, students, village visitors, a curator, and a public audience. The syllabus of the Black Diasporic Visions course was dreamt as a starting point, with the hope that it (along with energies of liberatory activation produced in the process) would expand with each opportunity for collaboration whether with students or invited village visitors. Throughout the semester our collective conjurings reached far beyond what the syllabus could hold, which led to the next stage of collaboration.

Dr. Barrales was then invited to create an open access project that would engage a public audience, showcase the collective’s conjurings, and attempt to recreate the classroom space for public engagement. Through a critical lens that interrogates the values and colonial histories of design, Dr. Barrales brought a level of intention to the process of developing the online iteration of the course that not only amplified, but also contributed to our overall project of centralizing historically and globally informed liberatory possibilities, imperative to our lives today, that challenge divides between theory and practice. It is our hope that the knowledge that grows out of all iterations of Black Diasporic Visions may inform and continue to be informed by urgent interventions and creations.


Wendy Barrales

PhD Candidate, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Javiela Evangelista

Pedagogy Co-Leader, City University of New York (CUNY)

Friday June 9, 2023 10:20am - 10:40am EDT
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