This workshop series organized by OLIve and OSUN’s Working Group on Education for Refugees IDPs and Host Community Members draws on the collective experience of OSUN teachers and administrators. It is not only for those teachers and administrators who work with students who have experienced displacement, but for all university teachers and administrators who want to think through what it means to teach and learn from students who are marginalized by their ethnicity, class, gender, legal status etc. The aim of the series is to help OSUN teachers and administrators develop in ways that foster inclusive learning environments.
In this workshop we plan to think together with the attendees about working with difficult material, especially as it applies to vulnerable students, such as those who have experienced displacement. Some texts or ideas can be triggering because they contain ideas that can be alienating or even offensive, using language that is at a remove from people’s life experiences or is directly dismissive of their social and political realities. As teachers and as learners we face a number of issues which we propose to think about through a series of keywords: language & vocabulary, a culture of learning, devalued knowledge, sensitivity & offense, and power dynamics.
Prem Kumar Rajaram- Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology and OLIve Unit Head, Central European University
Shahariar Sadat- Director, Academic and Legal Empowerment, Centre for Peace and Justice, Brac University