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Dovey, Lindiwe (2020) 'On Teaching and Being Taught: Reflections on Decolonising Pedagogy.' PARSE, 11. pp. 1-26.

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In this deeply personal article, Lindiwe Dovey explores ways of decolonising teaching and pedagogy through reflecting in particular on her own lived experiences and positioning as both student and teacher. Through embedding in her writing photographs and film clips that encapsulate important moments in her life, she tries to foreground her own, embodied journey as a white-classifed South African who has been immersed for twenty years in the study and curation of African film. This foregrounding is a vital gesture as a response to decolonial theory that calls for acknowledgement of subjectivity in any research process, and as a way of submitting the writing ‘self’ to scrutiny rather than neutralising and rendering its gaze at ‘others’ invisible. Rather than simply writing about African filmmaking as ‘object’, here Dovey interrogates what attracted her to this field and her own close relationship with it as ‘subject’. At the heart of the article she describes a painful teaching experience that compelled her to try to decolonise her curriculum and pedagogical style through changing her syllabus, collaborating with others (including her “students”), and engaging with the work of decolonial thinkers (for example, bell hooks and Jill Carter) and filmmakers (for example, Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann).

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Arts
ISSN: 20020953
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2020 08:53
Funders: European Union

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