Critical Whiteness and Anti-Racism Training
“Critical whiteness” - we read and hear this term all the time, but do we really know what it stands for? What does Critical whiteness mean and what is it good for? In this workshop, we will deal with the origin of critical whiteness research and discuss its relevance for our daily life. We will look at race as a power construct and trace its history. We'll consider the effects of structural and institutional racism, and reflect on privileges that white people automatically enjoy, either consciously or unconsciously. Through group exercises, video analysis, and discussion, we will become aware of our self-perception, question stereotypes, and try to practice a change of perspective. We will address the discomfort that white people experience when confronted with (their own) racism (white fragility). Ideally, we will create a space for the respectful exchange of thoughts and ideas on an important current social topic and expand our awareness of the prerequisites for equal, anti-racist communication between people of different origins and identities.
- learning to deal with the concepts related to the social category of race
- recognizing racist social structures
- recognizing white privilege
- becoming aware of – and promoting – anti-racist thinking and actions
- historical overview of critical whiteness research and racism
- exercises for reflecting on white privilege and discussion of white fragility
- discussions, analysis, and reflection of (unconscious) everyday racism
Please note: Block seminar – attendance is mandatory on both course dates!
Termin: Fri, 10.01.2020 and Sat ,11.01.2020, 10 am – 3:30 pm
Ort: Rentzelstraße 17, conference room (ground floor)
Leitung: Kathrin Pollow, MA in history
CIC: Can be recognized as Component A of the Certificate Intercultural Competence (CIC). This seminar will only be recognized for the CIC if students participate in both days of the training weekend.
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