This first-year seminar explores radical traditions of education beyond and in resistance to formal schooling. Transnational in scope—and journeying from the late nineteenth century to the present day—we will study the pedagogical innovations and grassroots struggles of anarchic youth, guerrilla intellectuals, and feminist revolutionaries who used education broadly, and historical inquiry in particular, as tools for empowerment and collective liberation.
Focusing on primary sources from archives of anticapitalist, antiracist and anticolonial movements, we will investigate traditions of self-teaching and co-learning, genealogies of critical and transformative pedagogies, the construction of decolonial survival and supplementary schools, student mobilizations within and against the university, as well as abolitionist education in our contemporary moment. This course invites participants to interrogate the relationship of education to freedom and justice through collective criticism, self-reflection and creative expression.
NAME: Bart Testa
INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: Story Worlds & The Cinema, Action Cinema, Chinese Cinemas
THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE: Touch of Evil
THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW: “Opening” by Phillip Glass
FAVOURITE FOOD: Pizza
GUILTY PLEASURE: Zombie & vampire movies
I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Dish washing
A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I have a new puppy.
MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: The actual teaching part.
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: Many opportunities to work on your writing.
WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: All writing is rewriting.
A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: I get paid to talk about films.
SOME FINAL WORDS: Roll credits.