Education as a Site of Racialization: Nationalism, White Supremacy and the Coloniality of Knowledge in the Age of Trump

Authors: Esteban Izquierdo Mejia*, University of British Columbia
Topics: Ethnicity and Race, United States, Geographic Thought
Keywords: education, racialization, coloniality of knowledge, race, ontology
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Napoleon D2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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From its inception, public education in the United States has been a site in which the nation, nationalism and a particular national subject have been fostered and re-created. It has also been a site in which these racialized and racializing processes have been contested. This paper grows out of an exploration of the role of white supremacy, nation-making, and the coloniality of knowledge in the educational experience of Chican@ and Latin@ students in the U.S. today. It works with ideas from the Modernity/Coloniality Group towards an ontological analysis of the racializing processes that create nation, national subject, and national others in schools. Finally, it attempts to contextualize the current articulation of white supremacist nationalism in the United States through insights gained from studying racialization in education.

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