Decolonial Methodologies

This tab has two items:
– The text of my Washington State University Department of English Colloquium presentation, “Tattooing Scar Tissue: Making Meaning in the Prison Classroom.” March 27th, 2015.
– A working bibliography of some of the texts that informed that presentation.

Here I want to offer a special word of thanks to Dr. Kristin Arola who steered me towards Indigenous scholarship on decolonial methodologies as a way of understanding the disconnection I was seeing between what was happening in the classroom at New Folsom and the scholarship I was reading at the time. I recognize that I come to Indigenous scholarship as a in much the same way that I come to the New Folsom classroom–as a visitor, an outsider. I do not claim mastery and am ever-always concerned about appropriation. But I also see that Indigenous scholarship on decolonial research methodologies and decolonial academic design preceded the turn we see in Composition to similar ways of thinking and I would like to acknowledge that Indigenous methodologies and classroom applications cannot be situated as the latest node on a linear disciplinary progression. In other words, Indigenous scholars do not build on and help us understand Bruno Latour. If anything, it is the other way around.