Critical Theories in the 21st Century: A Conference of Transformative Pedagogies

Organization: West Chester University

Venue: Old Main, West Chester State College

Location: West Chester , Pennsylvania, United States

Event Date/Time: Nov 16, 2013 / 9:00 am - (EST) End Date/Time: Nov 16, 2013 / 7:00 pm - (EST)
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 20, 2013
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The general purpose of the West Chester Critical Theories Conference is to promote and support critical scholarship within students, and to advance critical theory and pedagogy more generally. By “advance” we mean to expose more people to critical practices and understandings as part of the process of the development of theory. Through this focus we hope to work toward unifying and strengthening the sub-genres of critical pedagogy from Marxism, anarchism, critical race theory, to critical neo-colonial studies. This goal is approached through the conferences internal pedagogy and therefore through a horizontal rather than a vertical organizing structure; by including students and classroom teachers in the critical pedagogical work dominated by professors; and by attempting to create a space where criticalists who do not usually work together can create meaningful unity, respect, and common goals. Since the dominant form of power in the twenty first century—neoliberal capitalist power—is both multicultural and global, critical pedagogy must too become more multicultural and global if it is to pose a significant challenge to it for a more democratic life after capitalism.


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