CoDE Seminar: White Guilt: Black History as a pedagogical tool for repenting for group-based ‘sins’
|Dates:||26 September 2019|
|Times:||12:00 - 13:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE)|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Dr Nadena Doharty|
This session is based on data from a research school in the north of England. A white Scottish history teacher, "Joanne", made an admission of guilt during an interview in relation to teaching Black History using role-play re-enactments. Specifically, she was keen to stress that Black History was a form of penance and 'people need to know our shame'.
This session will unpick the concept of white guilt, penance and shame, and shed light on why they are limited and unpredictable in advancing race equality in the classroom. No one wants to feel guilty for very long! The session then concludes by arguing that being a ‘good white’ as Joanne was attempting to demonstrate, by exploring white privilege through BH, is limited in advancing racial equality because it ignores white teachers’ complicity in sustaining white supremacy; therefore a white complicity pedagogy (Applebaum 2010) offers more useful insights into how white teachers should work towards identifying, understanding and dismantling whiteness.
Dr Nadena Doharty is a sociologist of education working in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield. Nadena read her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Politics and postgraduate degree in International Relations at Goldsmiths College, University of London. After a PGCE specialising in Sociology and Politics, Nadena earned her PhD at the University of Keele.
Dr Nadena Doharty
Organisation: University of Sheffield
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