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Lena Karlsson

Lena Karlsson

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Lena Karlsson

Just us, just discussing: imagined homogeneities in the Gender Studies classroom

Author

  • Lena Karlsson

Summary, in English

This article explores practices of othering through formations of normative sameness in discussion-based seminar classrooms. It takes literary scholar Stanley Fish’s question, ‘Is there a text in this class, or is it just us?’, back into the classroom to explore the formation of a ‘just us,’ an imagined homogeneous interpretive community which, I argue, has discriminatory effects by normalising

some voices and practices. It draws on feminist and anti-oppressive theory to discuss ways to pedagogically trouble the enactment of homogeneous interpretive communities in the Gender Studies classroom. As the Gender Studies teacher, I devised pedagogical practices based on the allocation of specific roles as a way to work towards an anti-discriminatory classroom by demystifying academic practice and framing seminar practice as a social genre. The article critically reflects on students’ subsequent reluctance to take on roles and

their preference for free-flowing discussions, doing what comes naturally, a ‘doing’ of academia which, I suggest, is linked to social privilege.

Department/s

  • Department of Gender Studies

Publishing year

2015

Language

English

Pages

654-665

Publication/Series

Gender and Education

Volume

27

Issue

6

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Topic

  • Gender Studies

Keywords

  • interpretive communities
  • imagined homogeneity
  • the seminar classroom
  • genre
  • anti-oppressive pedagogy

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1360-0516