ACTIVISMS AND THE POLITICS OF RESISTANCE
May 15, 2019, Wednesday Program Outline and
Call for Proposals
Deadline for 5-minute Proposals: December 1, 2018
See below for information.
In following the theme of the 2019 Congress, the Coalition for Critical Qualitative Inquiry “is committed to a politics of active and passive resistance, to non-violence, to bearing witness to injustice, to refusing to take no as an answer, refusing to be silenced, refusing to accept assaults on critical, interpretive inquiry, refusing to abandon the goal of social justice for all.” As the attacks on critical inquiry have come to invade many aspects of our personal and professional lives, the personal is the political is the professional, too. As critical qualitative inquirers, we are both, as Diversi and Moreira (2016) suggest, “private folks and public scholars.” We are positioned not only within spaces, but between them, as well.
This leaves us wondering: How, as critical qualitative inquirers, should we proceed?
In taking up this question through resistance, the CCQI SIG Wednesday will be an interactive program with invited panelists, conversation, and creative five-minute engagements interspersed throughout the day. (1) The first panel offers a series of international film shorts. Produced collaboratively with local communities in Belgium, Guatemala, Uganda, and elsewhere, these films advance inclusive and participatory ways of living. Film making will be demonstrated as resistance. (2) The second panel then considers how critical activisms can move into, and also outward from, traditional university spaces. An interactive lunch discussion [facilitated by SIG members] will follow over lunch. (3) The afternoon panel will explore the ways we respect, tolerate, and challenge each other as scholars. The business meeting will follow the last panel of the day.
For the Wednesday program, we seek proposals for 5-minute creative interventions and engagements. These short experiences may include individual reflection, expression, sharing, and/or action. Those interested in submitting a proposal for a creative engagement should submit a 150-word abstract to Jasmine Ulmer at firstname.lastname@example.org and M. Francyne Huckaby at email@example.com by December 1, 2018. These 5-minute creative engagements will be presented during the lunch brown bag.
We also encourage paper and presentation proposals to be listed under CCQI that will be presented during the Friday and Saturday program sessions of ICQI following the Congress format and process (see https://icqi.org),
Activisms and the Politics of Resistance
Wednesday CCQI Program Outline
9:30 to 10:50 a.m.
Filmmaking as Resistance in Critical Qualitative Inquiry: Elaborations of Care and Love (Chairpersons: Jasmine Ulmer & Filmmaker)
To me, it’s picking up different toys to see if we can get back to what we’re really interested in…. Recently, I’ve started to think more about elaborations of care and love.
(Harney, in Harney & Motens, 2013, p. 127)
11:00 am to 12:20 p.m.
Critical Qualitative Inquiry: Partnerships, Obligations, and Activism in the Politics of Resistance (Chairpersons: M. Francyne Huckaby & Activist)
The times are ripe to act as politically engaged critical qualitative researchers and to do so in partnerships that work among and across knowledges. Such intellectual activism requires researchers to develop mechanisms for sharing useful knowledge and research. This also means developing strategies to invite activists and organizers into academic spaces, as well as joining communities in their activism outside the academy to foster joint, collaborative work. We may find that the kinds of work required of critical qualitative researchers, work that is helpful to movements and for activism, may differ from the work we are used to doing. This session creates a joint space between the movement and the scholarship. Instead of the typical paper panel, scholars and activists will discuss collaborations that get in the way of transformative and beneficial work. The session will also explore the ways scholars integrate such work into academic careers.
12:45 to 2:00 p.m.
Brown Bag Conversation (Facilitated by SIG members)
Bring your lunch! Over lunch we will explore the topics discussed from the morning sessions and implications for individual and collective work. This conversation will take up the question: How can critical qualitative researchers be better partners within the politics of resistance?
2:20 to 3:40 p.m.
Afternoon Panel Discussion: What Does it Mean to Respect, Tolerate, and Challenge Each Other as Scholars? (Chairpersons: Mirka Koro-Ljungberg and Gaile Cannella)
Invited junior and senior panel members who will very briefly discuss the session question and related topics like the following as a beginning to a discussion with audience members.
Knowledge (Awareness and/or Ownership)
Tolerance for Academic Differences
Not Knowing and Academic Diversity
Our Critical Purpose as Academics
my social world is getting bigger with our work. But, each piece for me is still another way to come at what we love and what’s keeping us from what we love.
(Harney, in Harney & Motens, 2013, p. 127)
3:45 to 5:00 pm
We will explore through conversation and discussion interests of SIG members by continuing topics from previous years as well as those that emerge in the day’s discussion. These may include:
- The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Studyby Moten, Harney, Halberstam
— methodologies of, where we see it, what is it,
- The Columbia university teacher educators manifesto and democratic education
- CCQI manifesto — who are we, what do we stand for, what do we want
- Imaginings of the ideal “university” or another name or unnamed
- Mentorship of junior faculty, graduate students, fellowships, activism, penalization of activist work
- Options for SIG members who cannot come every time?
- Wednesday program format
Diversi, M., & Moreira, C. (2016). Betweener talk: Decolonizing knowledge production, pedagogy, and praxis. New York, NY: Routledge.
Harney, S., & Moten, F. (2013). The Undercommons: Fugitive planning & black study. New York, NY: Minor Compositions.